CDT2-controlled cell cycle reentry regulates the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease

Fang Huang, Minghui Wang, Rong Liu, Jian Zhi Wang, Eric Schadt, Vahram Haroutunian, Pavel Katsel, Bin Zhang, Xiaochuan Wang

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Introduction: Altered cell cycle reentry has been observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Denticleless (DTL) was predicted as the top driver of a cell cycle subnetwork associated with AD. Methods: We systematically investigated DTL expression in AD and studied the molecular, cellular, and behavioral endophenotypes triggered by DTL overexpression. Results: We experimentally validated that CDT2, the protein encoded by DTL, activated cyclin-dependent kinases through downregulating P21, which induced tau hyperphosphorylation and Aβ toxicity, two hallmarks of AD. We demonstrated that cyclin-dependent kinases inhibition by roscovitine not only rescued CDT2-induced cognitive defects but also reversed expression changes induced by DTL overexpression. RNA-seq data from the DTL overexpression experiments revealed the molecular mechanisms underlying CDT2 controlled cell cycle reentry in AD. Discussion: These findings provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms of AD pathogenesis and thus pave a way for developing novel therapeutics for AD by targeting AD specific cell cycle networks and drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-231
Number of pages15
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • CDK
  • CDT2
  • Cell cycle reentry
  • DTL


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