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Neuroreport. 2001 Dec 4;12(17):3839-44.

Phosphorylation of amyloid-beta at the serine 26 residue by human cdc2 kinase.

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Department of Molecular Pathology & Clinical Biochemistry, Royal Free and University College Medical School, University College London, Royal Free Campus, Rowland Hill Street, London.


The amyloid-beta (Abeta) peptide has been implicated in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using an antisense peptide approach a novel interaction between Abeta and the human cdc2 kinase was identified. The Abeta 1-42, 1-40 and 25-35 peptides were shown to be substrates for the cdc2 kinase and phosphorylated on the Serine 26 residue. Phosphorylated Abeta (pSAbeta) was found in extracts from NT-2 neurons and AD brain. In NT-2 neurons the levels of pSAbeta were increased in the presence of exogenous Abeta and this increase was prevented by a cdc2 protein kinase inhibitor, olomoucine, that also prevented Abeta cytotoxicity. The results from this study suggest that Abeta phosphorylation by cdc2 could play a role in the brain pathology of AD.

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