Acetylcholine and antibodies against the acetylcholine receptor protect neurons and astrocytes against beta-amyloid toxicity.

Aggregated amyloid-β causes pathological changes in mixed cultures of neurons and astrocytes such as sporadic cytoplasmic intracellular Ca(2+)-signalling, increase in reactive oxygen species production and cell death. Some of the toxic effects of amyloid-β are mediated through the interaction of the peptide with α7-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors at… (More)