The consequences of reducing expression of the alpha7 nicotinic receptor by RNA interference and of stimulating its activity with an alpha7 agonist in SH-SY5Y cells indicate that this receptor plays a neuroprotective role in connection with the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.


In order to examine the neuroprotective effects of the alpha7 nicotinic receptor (nAChR) in relationship to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), neuroblastoma (SH-SY5Y) cells were transfected with small interference RNAs (siRNAs) that targets specifically towards alpha7 nAChR or exposed to 20microM 3-[2,4-dimethoxybenzylidene] anabaseine (DMXB), a… (More)