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Amyloid. 2004 Sep;11(3):173-8.

Immunohistochemical detection of beta-amyloid and beta-amyloid precursor protein in the canine brain and non-neuronal epithelial tissues.

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Department of Veterinary Pathology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan.


We examined the immunohistochemical localization of beta-amyloid (Abeta) and beta-amyloid precursor protein (AFPP) in the neuronal and non-neuronal tissues of 14 aged (over 10 years old) and 4 young (0-4 years old) dogs. Abeta was detected only in the senile plaque in the cerebrum of aged dogs. AbetaPP was expressed in the neuronal cell body, neuronal fiber, senile plaque and perimalacic tissue independent of age. In addition, epithelial cells in the bronchus, bronchial glands, gastric and intestinal mucosa, intrahepatic bile ducts, and pancreatic ducts and exocrine glands were immunopositive for AbetaPP. Thus, it is suggested that AbetaPP may be expressed in the non-neuronal epithelial tissues independent of age and of the presence of senile plaques, and the expression may depend on individual differences or physiological conditions.

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