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Title: Neurons Generated from APP/APLP1/APLP2 Triple Knockout Embryonic Stem Cells Behave Normally In Vitro and In Vivo: Lack of Evidence for a Cell Autonomous Role of APP in Neuronal Differentiation
Authors: Bergmans, Bruno
Shariati, Seyed Ali Mohammad
Habets, Ron
Verstreken, Patrik
Schoonjans, Luc
Müller, Ulrike
Dotti, Carlos
De Strooper, Bart # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: AlphaMed Press
Series Title: Stem Cells vol:28 issue:3 pages:399-406
Abstract: Alzheimer's disease amyloid precursor protein (APP) has been implicated in many neurobiological processes, but supporting evidence remains indirect. Studies are confounded by the existence of two partially redundant APP homologues, APLP1 and APLP2. APP/APLP1/APLP2 triple knockout (APP tKO) mice display cobblestone lissencephaly and are lethal. To circumvent this problem we have generated APP triple knock out embryonic stem cells (ES) cells and have differentiated those to APP triple knock out neurons in vitro and in vivo. In comparison to wild type (WT) ES cell-derived neurons, APP tKO neurons formed equally pure neuronal cultures, had unaltered in vitro migratory capacities, had a similar acquisition of polarity, were capable of extending long neurites and forming active excitatory synapses. These data were confirmed in vivo in chimeric mice with APP tKO neurons expressing the enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) present in a WT background brain. The results suggest that the loss of the APP family of proteins has no major effect on these critical neuronal processes and that the apparent multitude of functions in which APP has been implicated might be characterized by molecular redundancy. Our stem cell culture provides an excellent tool to circumvent the problem of lethality of APP/APLP triple knockout mice and will help to explore the function of this intriguing protein further in vitro and in vivo.
ISSN: 1066-5099
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Laboratory of Neuronal Communication
Molecular Genetics Section (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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