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Brain Res. 1993 Feb 19;603(2):343-7.

Rimmed vacuoles of inclusion body myositis and oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy contain amyloid precursor protein and lysosomal markers.

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Laboratory of Neuropathology, Born-Bunge Foundation, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium.


Rimmed vacuoles are small areas of focal destruction of muscle fibres, found in inclusion body myositis, oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy and other muscle disorders. They are known to contain amyloid proteins, probably of beta-amyloid type. We examined rimmed vacuoles immunohistochemically in 12 patients with inclusion body myositis and two patients with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy with antibodies to beta-amyloid precursor protein and cathepsin B and D. We found evidence for the presence of all these markers in rimmed vacuoles. These results confirm the presence of beta-amyloid in rimmed vacuoles, and provide additional support for the hypotheses that rimmed vacuoles are of lysosomal origin and that lysosomes are probably important in the metabolism of amyloid precursor protein.

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