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Subcell Biochem. 2005;38:273-98.

Clusterin and Alzheimer's disease.

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Centro Nacional de MicrobiologĂ­a, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, 28220 Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

Clusterin (apolipoprotein J) is a ubiquitous multifunctional glycoprotein with the capability to interact with a broad spectrum of molecules, among them the Alzheimer's Abeta peptide. Due to its co-localization with fibrillar deposits in systemic and cerebral amyloid disorders, clusterin is also considered an amyloid-associated protein. Although no genuine function has been attributed to this protein so far, it has been implicated in a wide variety of physiological and pathological processes, a role that may vary according to the protein maturation, sub-cellular localization, and the presence of certain tissue- or cell-specific factors. This review focuses on the importance of clusterin in health and disease conditions, with particular emphasis in its role in Abeta amyloidosis and other disorders of protein folding.

PMID:
15709484
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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