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GGA1 acts as a spatial switch altering amyloid precursor protein trafficking and processing.

The beta-amyloid (Abeta) precursor protein (APP) is cleaved sequentially by beta-site of APP-cleaving enzyme (BACE) and gamma-secretase to release the Abeta peptides that accumulate in plaques in Alzheimer's disease (AD). GGA1, a member of the Golgi-localized gamma-ear-containing ARF-binding (GGA) protein family, interacts with BACE and influences its subcellular distribution. We now report that overexpression of GGA1 in cells increased the APP C-terminal fragment resulting from beta-cleavage but surprisingly reduced Abeta. GGA1 confined APP to the Golgi, in which fluorescence resonance energy transfer analyses suggest that the proteins come into close proximity. GGA1 blunted only APP but not notch intracellular domain release. These results suggest that GGA1 prevented APP beta-cleavage products from becoming substrates for gamma-secretase. Direct binding of GGA1 to BACE was not required for these effects, but the integrity of the GAT (GGA1 and TOM) domain of GGA1 was. GGA1 may act as a specific spatial switch influencing APP trafficking and processing, so that APP-GGA1 interactions may have pathophysiological relevance in AD.

Pubmed ID: 17005855


  • von Arnim CA
  • Spoelgen R
  • Peltan ID
  • Deng M
  • Courchesne S
  • Koker M
  • Matsui T
  • Kowa H
  • Lichtenthaler SF
  • Irizarry MC
  • Hyman BT


The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Publication Data

September 27, 2006

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIA NIH HHS, Id: AG 12406

Mesh Terms

  • ADP-Ribosylation Factors
  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • Amyloid Precursor Protein Secretases
  • Amyloid beta-Protein Precursor
  • Animals
  • Aspartic Acid Endopeptidases
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer
  • Glycosylation
  • Golgi Apparatus
  • Humans
  • Kidney
  • Mice
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Protein Transport
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Transfection