Combining In Vitro Cell Biology and In Vivo Mouse Modelling to Study the Mechanisms Underlying Alzheimer’s Disease

  • B. De Strooper
  • D. Moechars
  • K. Lorent
  • I. Dewachter
  • F. Van Leuven
Conference paper
Part of the Research and Perspectives in Alzheimer’s Disease book series (ALZHEIMER)


The pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as a major neurodegenerative disorder is characterized by the presence of senile plaques, neurofibrillary tangles and cerebrovascular deposits. Neither the molecular mechanisms of the formation of these structures nor their direct bearing on the neurodegeneration per se are understood. The major component of the senile plaques and vascular deposits is the β-amyloid peptide (βA4), a 39–43 amino acid fragment derived from a larger precursor, the amyloid precursor protein (APP; Goldgaber et al. 1987; Kang et al. 1987). APP is proteolytically processed by at least three as yet unidentified proteinases, named secretases, into several proteins and peptides, including the proteinase Nexin II or ectodomain of APP and the βA4-peptide, recovered from the amyloid plaques in AD (Haass and Selkoe 1993). The nature of the mechanisms involved requires an experimental approach that combines in vitro and in vivo techniques, that is a combination of cell biology with an experimental animal model system.


Amyloid Precursor Protein MDCK Cell Senile Plaque Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Amyloid Precursor Protein Processing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. De Strooper
    • 1
  • D. Moechars
  • K. Lorent
  • I. Dewachter
  • F. Van Leuven
  1. 1.Experimental genetics group, Center for Human GeneticsK.U. Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg O&NLeuvenBelgium

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