Overexpression of low-density lipoprotein receptor in the brain markedly inhibits amyloid deposition and increases extracellular Abeta clearance

Jungsu Kim, Joseph M Castellano, Hong Jiang, Jacob M Basak, Maia Parsadanian, Vi Pham, Stephanie M Mason, Steven M Paul, David M Holtzman

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Apolipoprotein E (APOE) is the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer s disease (AD). Previous studies suggest that the effect of apoE on amyloid-beta (A beta) accumulation plays a major role in AD pathogenesis. Therefore, understanding proteins that control apoE metabolism may provide new targets for regulating A beta levels. LDLR, a member of the LDL receptor family, binds to apoE, yet its potential role in AD pathogenesis remains unclear. We hypothesized that LDLR overexpression in the brain would decrease apoE levels, enhance A beta clearance, and decrease A beta deposition. To test our hypothesis, we created several transgenic mice that overexpress LDLR in the brain and found that apoE levels in these mice decreased by 50 -90 . Furthermore, LDLR overexpression dramatically reduced A beta aggregation and enhanced A beta clearance from the brain extracellular space. Plaque-associated neuroinflammatory responses were attenuated in LDLR transgenic mice. These findings suggest that increasing LDLR levels may represent a novel AD treatment strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632 - 644
Number of pages13
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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