Studies have shown that clusterin (also called apolipoprotein J) can influence the structure and toxicity of amyloid-β (Aβ) in vitro. To determine whether endogenous clusterin plays a role in influencing Aβ deposition, structure, and toxicity in vivo, we bred PDAPP mice, a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, to clusterin-/- mice. By 12 months of age, PDAPP, clusterin-/- mice had similar levels of brain Aβ deposition as did PDAPP, clusterin+/+clusterin+'+ mice. Although Aβ deposition was similar, PDAPP, clusterin-/- mice had significantly fewer fibrillar Aβ (amyloid) deposits than PDAPP mice expressing clusterin. In the absence of clusterin, neuritic dystrophy associated with the deposited amyloid was markedly reduced, resulting in a dissociation between fibrillar amyloid formation and neuritic dystrophy. These findings demonstrate that clusterin markedly influences Aβ structure and neuritic toxicity in vivo and is likely to play an important role in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10843-10848
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2002


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