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J Biol Chem. 2006 Jan 6;281(1):477-83. Epub 2005 Oct 7.

The solvent protection of alzheimer amyloid-beta-(1-42) fibrils as determined by solution NMR spectroscopy.

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  • 1Umeå Centre for Molecular Pathogenesis, Umeå University, SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden.


Alzheimer disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that is tightly linked to the self-assembly and amyloid formation of the 39-43-residue-long amyloid-beta (Abeta) peptide. Considerable evidence suggests a correlation between Alzheimer disease development and the longer variants of the peptide, Abeta-(1-42/43). Currently, a molecular understanding for this behavior is lacking. In the present study, we have investigated the hydrogen/deuterium exchange of Abeta-(1-42) fibrils under physiological conditions, using solution NMR spectroscopy. The obtained residue-specific and quantitative map of the solvent protection within the Abeta-(1-42) fibril shows that there are two protected core regions, Glu11-Gly25 and Lys28-Ala42, and that the residues in between, Ser26 and Asn27, as well as those in the N terminus, Asp1-Tyr10, are solvent-accessible. This result reveals considerable discrepancies when compared with a previous investigation on Abeta-(1-40) fibrils and suggests that the additional residues in Abeta-(1-42), Ile41 and Ala42, significantly increase the solvent protection and stability of the C-terminal region Lys28-Ala42. Consequently, our findings provide a molecular explanation for the increased amyloidogenicity and toxicity of Abeta-(1-42) compared with shorter Abeta variants found in vivo.

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