Amyloid precursor protein in aged nonhuman primates

Lee J. Martin, Sangram S. Sisodia, Edward H. Koo, Linda C. Cork, Tammy L. Dellovade, Andreas Weidemann, Konrad Beyreuther, Colin Masters, Donald L Price

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In individuals with Alzheimer disease and in aged nonhuman primates, deposits of amyloid occur in senile plaques in brain parenchyma and in the walls of some meningeal and cortical vessels. Amyloid is primarily composed of β/A4, a 4-kDa peptide derived from the transmembrane form of an amyloid precursor protein (APP). We examined the distribution of β/A4 and APP (outside the β/A4 domain) in cerebral cortices of monkeys ranging in age from 4 to 41 years. In all animals, APP immunoreactivity was present in cell bodies, proximal dendrites, and axons of cortical neurons. In aged animals, all of which showed senile plaques, large APP-positive axons were conspicuous, and APP immunoreactivity was present in neurites around β/A4-immunoreactive plaques. In some plaques, APP-immunoreactive elements were located in proximity to deposits of β/ A4. The presence of APP immunoreactivity in neuronal perikarya, dendrites, axons, and in neurites within β/A4-containing plaques supports the hypothesis that neurons can serve as one source of amyloid deposited in brain parenchyma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1461-1465
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991

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