How Cholesterol Promotes Amyloidogenesis and Alzheimer’s Disease

Prof. Charles Sanders
Vanderbilt University
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:00pm
MSB 4171
It is known that elevated cholesterol promotes amyloidogenesis, but the mechanism has not previously been clear. In this study the structure of the transmembrane C-terminal domain of the amyloid precursor protein (C99) was determined using NMR spectroscopy and found to have several surprising features to provide insight into how this protein is proteolytically processed in the pathway to formation of amyloid-β, which is closely associated with the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. It was also discovered that C99 is a cholesterol binding protein. Based on this and additional data, we provide a unifying model for how cholesterol promotes the amyloidogenic pathway.
Dr. Scott Prosser
CIHR Training Grant in Protein Folding and Interaction Dynamics Seminar Series