Cell cycle-related protein expression in vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Recent findings from our and other laboratories indicate that cell cycle-related phenomena may play a key role in the formation of Alzheimer-type pathology and neuronal cell death in both Alzheimer’s and cerebro-vascular diseases.

In this study we examine the expression patterns of cyclins A, B1, D1 and E in neuronal nuclei in the hippocampus in autopsied healthy elderly individuals, Alzheimer’s disease patients and subjects suffering from cerebrovascular disease with and without co-existing Alzheimer’s disease. Nuclear cyclin B1 and cyclin E expression was detected in hippocampal neurones in each subject category. However, cyclin B1 expression was significantly elevated in the CA1 of patients suffering from cerebro-vascular disease alone, while cyclin E expression was significantly higher in the CA4 subfield in patients suffering from mixed Alzheimer’s and cerebro-vascular diseases compared to subjects in other categories.

We hypothesize that cell cycle re-entry may occur in healthy elderly people leading to age-related cell death and mild Alzheimer-type pathology in the hippocampus. However, in pathological conditions, the cell cycle arrest may lead either to the development of severe Alzheimer-related pathology or to excess apoptotic cell death as in vascular dementia.

Source: Neurosci Lett 1999 Aug 13;271(1):45-8

PMID: 10471210, UI: 99397811

(OPTIMA, Department of Neuropathology, University of Oxford, UK. )

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