Apolipoprotein E receptors: Linking brain development and alzheimer's disease

Joachim Herz, Uwe Beffert

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Abstract

Alzheimer's disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that afflicts an increasing part of our ageing population. An isoform of apolipoprotein E, a protein that mediates the transport of lipids and cholesterol in the circulatory system, predisposes carriers of this allele to the common late-onset form of the disease. How this protein is related to a neurodegenerative disorder is an enigma. Mounting evidence indicates that apolipoprotein E receptors, which are abundantly expressed in most neurons in the central nervous system, also fulfil critical functions during brain development and may profoundly influence the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalNature Reviews Neuroscience
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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