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Acta Neurobiol Exp (Wars). 2009;69(2):232-53.

Aneuploidy, chromosomal missegregation, and cell cycle reentry in Alzheimer's disease.

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Department of Neurodegenerative Disorders, Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.


Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder with a complex etiology and pathogenesis. Chromosome missegregation was proposed two decades ago to be responsible for neurodegeneration in AD patients. It was speculated that the aneuploidy is a result of aberrant cell cycle of neuronal progenitors during adult neurogenesis and/or of mature neurons. There is mounting evidence of increased rate of general aneuploidy and cell cycle reentry in the AD patients' brains, with area-specific pattern. In this review, we discuss the involvement of chromosome instability, genome damage and cell cycle impairment in AD pathology.

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