Abnormal neuronal networks and seizure susceptibility in mice overexpressing the APP intracellular domain

Department of Neurosciences, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
Neurobiology of aging (Impact Factor: 5.01). 10/2009; 32(9):1725-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2009.09.002
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Alterations in the processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) lead to familial Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD patients exhibit increased seizure susceptibility and alterations in their EEGs, which suggests that APP and its metabolites may modulate neuronal networks. Here we demonstrate that transgenic mice overexpressing APP intracellular domain (AICD) and its binding partner Fe65 exhibit abnormal spiking events and a susceptibility to induced seizures. These abnormalities are not observed in PDAPP(D664A) mice, which express high Aβ levels but harbor a mutation in the APP intracellular domain. These data suggest that alterations in the levels of AICD contribute to network dysfunction in AD.

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    • "In a recent study, it has been shown that overexpression of the APP intracellular domain (AICD) increases the susceptibility to spontaneous seizures, deficits in LTP and seizure-induced drug generation (Vogt et al., 2011). Moreover, in these models the seizure susceptibility and severity does not depend on the presence of A␤, but on the levels of AICD; higher AICD levels result in the most severe seizures (Vogt et al., 2011). This effect is independent of high levels of A␤, because mice overexpressing hAPP but with a mutation in AICD do not generate deficits in LTP or memory, despite the high level of A␤ (Galvan et al., 2006; Saganich et al., 2006). "
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