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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1993 Mar;17(3-4):328-34.

NGF deprivation and neuronal degeneration trigger altered beta-amyloid precursor protein gene expression in the rat superior cervical ganglia in vivo and in vitro.

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  • 1INSERM U298, CHRU, Angers, France.


In order to study the expression of beta-amyloid precursor protein (APP) isoforms during neuronal degeneration we have used the rat superior cervical ganglia (SCG) as an experimental model. In the neonate these sympathetic ganglia are nerve growth factor (NGF) dependent and in vivo administration of anti-NGF antiserum results in exaggerated neuronal degeneration. Analysis of APP mRNA transcripts in the SCG, following NGF deprivation, revealed a coincident decrease in APP695 and augmentation of APP751/770. These changes were specific to the SCG and were not seen in sensory ganglia. Subsequent in vitro studies, using primary dissociated cultures of sympathetic or cortical neurones, confirmed these changes in APP gene expression during neuronal degeneration. These observations may have important implications for the generation of beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease.

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