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Presenilin-Dependent -Secretase-Mediated Control of p53-Associated Cell Death in Alzheimer's Disease

Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.75). 07/2006; 26(23):6377-85. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0651-06.2006
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ABSTRACT Presenilins (PSs) are part of the gamma-secretase complex that produces the amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) from its precursor [beta-amyloid precursor protein (betaAPP)]. Mutations in PS that cause familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) increase Abeta production and trigger p53-dependent cell death. We demonstrate that PS deficiency, catalytically inactive PS mutants, gamma-secretase inhibitors, and betaAPP or amyloid precursor protein-like protein 2 (APLP2) depletion all reduce the expression and activity of p53 and lower the transactivation of its promoter and mRNA expression. p53 expression also is diminished in the brains of PS- or betaAPP-deficient mice. The gamma- and epsilon-secretase-derived amyloid intracellular C-terminal domain (AICD) fragments (AICDC59 and AICDC50, respectively) of betaAPP trigger p53-dependent cell death and increase p53 activity and mRNA. Finally, PS1 mutations enhance p53 activity in human embryonic kidney 293 cells and p53 expression in FAD-affected brains. Thus our study shows that AICDs control p53 at a transcriptional level, in vitro and in vivo, and that FAD mutations increase p53 expression and activity in cells and human brains.

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