Robustness of G proteins in Alzheimer's disease: an immunoblot study

McLaughlin, M. , Ross, B. M., Milligan, G. , McCulloch, J. and Knowler, J. T. (1991) Robustness of G proteins in Alzheimer's disease: an immunoblot study. Journal of Neurochemistry, 57(1), pp. 9-14. (doi:10.1111/j.1471-4159.1991.tb02092.x) (PMID:1904911)

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Abstract

Many of the neurotransmitter systems that are altered in senile dementia of the Alzheimer type are known to mediate their effects via G proteins, yet the integrity of guanine nucleotide‐binding proteins (G proteins) in Alzheimer's diseased brains has received minimal investigation. The aim of this study was to establish whether the level of Gα subunits of five G proteins was altered in Alzheimer's disease. We used immunoblotting (Western blotting) to compare the amounts of Gi1, Gi2, GsH (heavy molecular weight), GSL (light molecular weight), and Go in the frontal cortex and hippocampus, two regions severely affected by the disease, and the cerebellum, which is less severely affected. The number of senile plaques was also quantified. We report that there was no significant difference in the level of these Gα subunits between Alzheimer's diseased and age‐matched postmortem brains. These results suggest that alterations in the amount of G protein α subunits are not a feature of Alzheimer's disease.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McCulloch, Mr James and McLaughlin, Dr Mark and Milligan, Professor Graeme
Authors: McLaughlin, M., Ross, B. M., Milligan, G., McCulloch, J., and Knowler, J. T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Neurochemistry
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0022-3042
ISSN (Online):1471-4159

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