Alcadeins are among the 90 known substrates for γ-secretase, the aspartyl proteinase complex that liberates the amyloid β (Aβ) peptide by intramembranous cleavage of the ß-carboxy terminal fragment of the Alzheimer's amyloid precursor protein (APP). A new study by Hata et al. provides some surprising results regarding a potential role for alcadeins and their fragments in the prevention and/or treatment of the dementia of Alzheimer's disease (AD).
- Alzheimer's disease
- positron emission tomography