The effect of corticosteroids on amyloid beta precursor protein/amyloid precursor-like protein expression and processing in vivo

G Budas, C M Coughlan, J R Seckl, K C Breen

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In this study, we have investigated the effect of altered corticosteroid levels on the expression and processing of the amyloid beta precursor protein (A beta PP) and its a myloid precursor-like protein (APLP) homologue in rat brain. Four groups of animals were used in the study: sham operated, adrenalectomised, and adrenalectomised treated with either dexamethasone or aldosterone, with the A beta PP/APLP expression being determined by western blot analysis. While there were no changes in the levels of A beta PP/APLP following adrenalectomy, treatment with dexamethasone, but not aldosterone, resulted in a marked increase in protein expression levels with the level of increase varying between the brain regions examined. Corticosteroids had a more marked effect on the particulate rather than the soluble form of the protein, thus suggesting that elevated glucocorticoids may also be adversely influencing A beta PP/APLP processing. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume276
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 1999

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