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Cleavage of amyloid-beta precursor protein and amyloid-beta precursor-like protein by BACE 1.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14699153

Site-specific proteolysis of the amyloid-beta precursor protein (APP) by BACE 1 and gamma-secretase, a central event in Alzheimer disease, releases a large secreted extracellular fragment (called APP(S)), peptides of 40-43 residues derived from extracellular and transmembrane sequences (Abeta), and a short intracellular fragment (APP intracellular domain) that may function as a transcriptional activator in a complex with the adaptor protein Fe65 and the nuclear protein Tip60. APP is closely related to APP-like protein (APLP) 1 and APLP2, but only APP is known to be cleaved by BACE 1 and to be involved in Alzheimer disease. We now demonstrate that similar to APP, APLP1 and APLP2 are also cleaved by BACE 1 but not by ADAM 9, another APP protease, and also transactivate nuclear Tip60 in a complex with Fe65. Paradoxically, although BACE 1 cleavage appears to be specific for APP and APLPs, their cleavage sequences exhibit no homology, and a short sequence (7 amino acids) from APP that when placed close to the membrane converts a membrane protein that is normally not cleaved by BACE 1 into a BACE 1 substrate. Our data demonstrate that APLPs and APP are processed similarly to act via the same nuclear target, suggesting that BACE 1 cleavage regulates a common function of APP and APLPs in neurons.

Pubmed ID: 14699153 RIS Download

Mesh terms: ADAM Proteins | Acetyltransferases | Amino Acid Sequence | Amyloid Precursor Protein Secretases | Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor | Animals | Aspartic Acid Endopeptidases | COS Cells | Cell Line | Cell Nucleus | Disintegrins | Dose-Response Relationship, Drug | Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel | Endopeptidases | Genetic Vectors | HeLa Cells | Histone Acetyltransferases | Humans | Immunoblotting | Membrane Proteins | Metalloendopeptidases | Models, Genetic | Molecular Sequence Data | Nerve Tissue Proteins | Neurons | Nuclear Proteins | Plasmids | Protein Binding | Protein Structure, Tertiary | Sequence Homology, Amino Acid | Signal Transduction | Transcription, Genetic | Transcriptional Activation | Transfection

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  • Agency: NIMH NIH HHS, Id: R01-MH69585-01

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