The carboxyl terminus of presenilin 1 and 2 (PS1 and PS2) binds to the neuron-specific cell adhesion molecule telencephalin (TLN) in the brain. PS1 deficiency results in the abnormal accumulation of TLN in a yet unidentified intracellular compartment. The first transmembrane domain and carboxyl terminus of PS1 form a binding pocket with the transmembrane domain of TLN. Remarkably, APP binds to the same regions via part of its transmembrane domain encompassing the critical residues mutated in familial Alzheimer's disease. Our data surprisingly indicate a spatial dissociation between the binding site and the proposed catalytic site near the critical aspartates in PSs. They provide important experimental evidence to support a ring structure model for PS.
SciCrunch is a data sharing and display platform. Anyone can create a custom portal where they can select searchable subsets of hundreds of data sources, brand their web pages and create their community. SciCrunch will push data updates automatically to all portals on a weekly basis. User communities can also add their own data to SciCrunch, however this is not currently a free service.