Heparin promotes β-secretase cleavage of the Alzheimer's amyloid precursor protein

B. Leveugle, W. Ding, J. T. Durkin, S. Mistretta, J. Eisle, M. Matic, R. Siman, B. D. Greenberg, H. M. Fillit

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In Alzheimer's disease, abnormal processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is thought to play an important role in amyloid deposition. We investigated the effect of heparin, a highly sulfated glycosaminoglycan related to heparan sulfate, on the secretion of the β-secretase cleavage product of APP (sAPPβ) in a human neuroblastoma cell line. Heparin induced an increase in the secretion of total APP, and an even greater relative increase in the secretion of sAPPβ. The effect on sAPPβ was specific to heparin. These data support the hypothesis that highly sulfated heparan sulfate proteoglycans may promote amyloidogenic pathways of APP metabolism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-548
Number of pages6
JournalNeurochemistry International
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 7 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology


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