Metals in alzheimer's disease: a systemic perspective.
Summary of "Metals in alzheimer's disease: a systemic perspective."
Many results from in vitro and animal studies have highlighted the important role played by specific metals, such as copper, iron and zinc, in the diverse toxic pathways on which Alzheimer's disease (AD) develops. Metals seem to mediate the aggregation and neurotoxicity of amyloid-beta (ABeta), the main constituent of the amyloid plaques, commonly seen in AD (1). The link between metals and AD has been mostly investigated with a focus on their local accumulation in defined areas of the brain critical for AD. In the present review, I have instead approached the issue from the different perspective of a systemic, rather than local, alteration of copper and iron status. This view is supported by the results of a series of in vivo studies demonstrating that abnormalities of metals homeostasis correlate with the main deficits and specific markers of AD, such as ABeta and Tau proteins in the cerebrospinal fluid. These findings clearly suggest that local metals accumulation in brain areas critical for AD should be viewed within a wider framework of metals systemic alteration.
Department of Neuroscience, AFaR, Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Rome, Italy, Department of Neurology, Campus Biomedico, University, Rome, Italy.
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Name: Frontiers in bioscience : a journal and virtual library
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