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Neurodegener Dis. 2012;10(1-4):250-2. doi: 10.1159/000333341. Epub 2012 Jan 6.

CREB-regulated transcription coactivator 1-dependent transcription in Alzheimer's disease mice.

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Institut de Neurociències, Departament Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain.



Long-term memory requires fine-tuning regulation of gene expression in specific neural circuits of the brain. Transcriptional regulation of gene programs is a key mechanism for memory storage and its deregulation may contribute to synaptic and cognitive dysfunction in memory disorders. The molecular mechanisms underlying changes on activity-dependent gene expression in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are largely unknown.


We analyzed the expression of activity-dependent genes regulated by the cAMP response element binding protein (CREB) and activation of CREB and its coactivator CREB-regulated transcription coactivator 1 (CRTC1) in control and mutant β-amyloid precursor protein (APP(Sw,Ind); Swedish and Indiana mutations) transgenic mice.


Gene expression analyses revealed specific downregulation of a subset of well-known activity-induced CREB-dependent genes, including c-fos, Bdnf and Nr4a2, in the hippocampus of memory-impaired APP(Sw,Ind) transgenic mice. Activity-dependent CREB transcription induced by calcium/cAMP signals is disrupted through a mechanism involving deregulation of calcium/calcineurin-mediated dephosphorylation and activation of CRTC1. Expression of CRTC1 and pharmacological activation of L-type voltage-gated calcium channels reverse the deficits in CRTC1-mediated transcription in APP(Sw,Ind) neurons.


Our results suggest that CRTC1 dysfunction caused by Aβ accumulation underlies changes in gene expression required for hippocampal-dependent memory in AD transgenic mice.

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