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Secreted Glypican Binds to the Amyloid Precursor Protein of Alzheimer's Disease (APP) and Inhibits APP-induced Neurite Outgrowth


Williamson, TG and Mok, SS and Henry, A and Cappai, R and Lander, AD and Nurcombe, V and Beyreuther, K and Masters, CL and Small, DH, Secreted Glypican Binds to the Amyloid Precursor Protein of Alzheimer's Disease (APP) and Inhibits APP-induced Neurite Outgrowth, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 271, (49) pp. 31215-31221. ISSN 0021-9258 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1074/jbc.271.49.31215


The amyloid precursor protein (APP) of Alzheimer’s disease has been shown to stimulate neurite outgrowth in vitro. The effect of APP on neurite outgrowth can be enhanced if APP is presented to neurons in substratebound form, in the presence of heparan sulfate proteoglycans. To identify specific heparan sulfate proteoglycans that bind to APP, conditioned medium from neonatal mouse brain cells was subjected to affinity chromatography with recombinant APP695 as a ligand. Glypican bound strongly to the APP affinity column. Purified glypican bound to APP with an equilibrium dissociation constant of 2.8 nM and inhibited APP-induced neurite outgrowth from chick sympathetic neurons. The effect of glypican was specific for APP, as glypican did not inhibit laminin-induced neurite outgrowth. Furthermore, treatment of cultures with 4-methylumbelliferyl-�-D-xyloside, a competitive inhibitor of proteoglycan glycanation, inhibited APP-induced neurite outgrowth but did not inhibit laminin-induced neurite outgrowth. This result suggests that endogenous proteoglycans are required for substrate-bound APP to stimulate neurite outgrowth. Secreted glypican may act to inhibit APP-induced neurite outgrowth in vivo by competing with endogenous proteoglycans for binding to APP.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing
UTAS Author:Small, DH (Professor David Small)
ID Code:71710
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:86
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-08-02
Last Modified:2011-10-12

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