β-Amyloid protein amplifies calcium signalling in central neurons from the adult mouse

Hartmann, H. and Eckert, A. and Müller, W. E.. (1993) β-Amyloid protein amplifies calcium signalling in central neurons from the adult mouse. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol. 194, H. 3. pp. 1216-1220.

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The role of beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease and its cellular mechanism of action are still unclear. Based on observations that beta-amyloid influences neuronal calcium homeostasis we investigated the effect of the peptide on K(+)-induced enhancement of free intracellular calcium in dissociated neurons from adult mice. Preincubation with beta-amyloid fragment 25-35 at concentrations < or = 0.05 mumol/l resulted in marked amplification of the K(+)-induced Ca2+ response. This effect was also observed with fragment 1-40, whereas fragment 1-28 or 12-28 did not affect the Ca2+ response. This preparation therefore presents a valuable model to investigate the action of beta-amyloid ex vivo in individual animals. Our findings suggest a small but consisting destabilizating effect of beta-amyloid on neuronal Ca2+ homeostasis resulting in chronically increased neuronal vulnerability.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK
UniBasel Contributors:Eckert, Anne
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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