Dynamic Microtubules in Alzheimer’s Disease: Association with Dendritic Spine Pathology

E. I. Pchitskaya, V. A. Zhemkov, I. B. Bezprozvanny

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common incurable neurodegenerative disorder that affects the processes of memory formation and storage. The loss of dendritic spines and alteration in their morphology in AD correlate with the extent of patient’s cognitive decline. Tubulin had been believed to be restricted to dendritic shafts, until recent studies demonstrated that dynamically growing tubulin microtubules enter dendritic spines and promote their maturation. Abnormalities of tubulin cytoskeleton may contribute to the process of dendritic spine shape alteration and their subsequent loss in AD. In this review, association between tubulin cytoskeleton dynamics and dendritic spine morphology is discussed in the context of dendritic spine alterations in AD. Potential implications of these findings for the development of AD therapy are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1068-1074
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemistry (Moscow)
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • EB3
  • dendritic spines
  • microtubule dynamics
  • tubulin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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