Small, S.A. et al. Model-guided microarray implicates the retromer complex in Alzheimer's disease. Ann. Neurol. 58, 909-919

Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain, Department of Neurology, and the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, USA.
Annals of Neurology (Impact Factor: 9.98). 12/2005; 58(6):909-19. DOI: 10.1002/ana.20667
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Although, in principle, gene expression profiling is well suited to isolate pathogenic molecules associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), techniques such as microarray present unique analytic challenges when applied to disorders of the brain. Here, we addressed these challenges by first constructing a spatiotemporal model, predicting a priori how a molecule underlying AD should behave anatomically and over time. Then, guided by the model, we generated gene expression profiles of the entorhinal cortex and the dentate gyrus, harvested from the brains of AD cases and controls covering a broad age span. Among many expression differences, the retromer trafficking molecule VPS35 best conformed to the spatiotemporal model of AD. Western blotting confirmed the abnormality, establishing that VPS35 levels are reduced in brain regions selectively vulnerable to AD. VPS35 is the core molecule of the retromer trafficking complex and further analysis revealed that VPS26, another member of the complex, is also downregulated in AD. Cell culture studies, using small interfering RNAs or expression vectors, showed that VPS35 regulates Abeta peptide levels, establishing the relevance of the retromer complex to AD. Reviewing our findings in the context of recent studies suggests how downregulation of the retromer complex in AD can regulate local levels of Abeta peptide.

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    • "The possible association between this mutation and PD has been investigated in a number of studies [23] [38] [39] [41]. The VPS35 gene, which is involved in the development of many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and PD [12] [33], is localized to 16q11.2, and various mutations have been reported in it [40]. The VPS35 protein is a key component of the retromer complex which mediates the retrograde transport of proteins from endosomes to the trans-Golgi network [3]. "
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    • "However, only GGA3 silencing had a strong effect on Aβ levels. There are controversial reports on how VPS35 silencing affects Aβ secretion; both increase [39] and decrease [62] of Aβ40 generation has been reported. These discrepancies may be explained by differences between cell lines or other experimental conditions, such as transfection and gene silencing efficiency, used in various studies. "
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    • "The retromer complex (e.g., Vps35 and Vps26) is decreased in the postmortem hippocampus of AD patients [7]. In Vps35 or Vps26 deficient animals, the major culprit of AD, β-amyloid (Aβ), is increased in the hippocampus [7,9]. In addition, Vps35 haploinsufficiency in Tg2576 mouse model of AD enhances Aβ-associated neuropathology [9]. "
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