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Increased mRNA levels of TCF7L2 and MYC of the Wnt pathway in tgAPP-ArcSwe mice and Alzheimer's disease brain
Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-97806OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-97806DiVA: diva2:172883
Available from: 2008-11-21 Created: 2008-11-21 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Genetic Studies of Alzheimer's Disease
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Genetic Studies of Alzheimer's Disease
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) often have a family history of the disease, implicating genetics as a major risk factor. Three genes are currently known to cause familial early-onset AD (<65 years): the amyloid precursor protein (APP) and the presenilins (PSEN1 and PSEN2). For the much more common late-onset disease (>65 years), only the APOE gene has repeatedly been associated to AD, where the ε4 allele increases disease risk and decreases age at onset. As APOE ε4 only explains part of the total estimated disease risk, more genes are expected to contribute to AD.

This thesis has focused on the study of genetic risk factors involved in AD. In the first study, we conducted a linkage analysis of six chromosomes previously implicated in AD in a collection of affected relative pairs from Sweden, the UK and the USA. An earlier described linkage peak on chromosome 10q21 could not be replicated in the current sample, while significant linkage was demonstrated to chromosome 19q13 where the APOE gene is located. The linkage to 19q13 was further analyzed in the second study, demonstrating no significant evidence of genes other than APOE contributing to this peak.

In the third study, the prevalence of APP duplications, a recently reported cause of early-onset AD, was investigated. No APP duplications were identified in 141 Swedish and Finnish early-onset AD patients, implying that this is not a common disease mechanism in the Scandinavian population.

In the fourth study, genes with altered mRNA levels in the brain of a transgenic AD mouse model (tgAPP-ArcSwe) were identified using microarray analysis. Differentially expressed genes were further analyzed in AD brain. Two genes from the Wnt signaling pathway, TCF7L2 and MYC, had significantly increased mRNA levels in both transgenic mice and in AD brains, implicating cell differentiation and possibly neurogenesis in AD.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2008. 47 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 401
Alzheimer's disease, Linkage, Affected sib-pairs, APOE, APP duplication, 10q21, 19q13, Wnt signaling
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-9397 (URN)978-91-554-7346-4 (ISBN)
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2008-12-12, the Rudbeck hall, Rudbeck laboratory, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 13:15
Available from: 2008-11-21 Created: 2008-11-21Bibliographically approved

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