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The role of Abeta peptide of Alzheimer disease on the cellular basis of learning and memory in an Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) Knock-out mouse


Evaluate the impact of Abeta peptide on dendritic spine morphology and synaptic plasticity in neuronal cultures and brain slices from APP Knock-out mice.


Amyloid-beta (Abeta) drives the synaptic impairment and dendritic spine loss characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We showed recently that application of Abeta oligomers on both neuronal cultures and brain slices reduces glutamatergic transmission. This effect does not require the uploading of Abeta oligomers into the neurons but rather the activation of the APP processing towards the amyloïdogenic pathway. Interestingly, these defaults of synaptic transmission are associated with an alteration of dendritic spine morphology observed in neuronal culture. Together, these data reveal that extracellular Abeta oligomers trigger a vicious circle that disrupt synaptic glutamatergic neurotransmission contributing to the spreading of the disease. To confirm that these alterations are related to the processing of APP, we will test the impact of Abeta peptide on synaptic plasticity and dendritic spine morphology in neuronal cultures and brain slices from APP Knock-out mice. By targeting this mechanism, we may stop the propagation of the excitatory neurotransmission deficit that characterizes the early stages of Alzheimer disease.


We will use different electrophysiological techniques to measure basal glutamatergic transmission as well as synaptic plasticity potential (Long term potentiation)in physiologic conditions and in the context of Alzheimer’s disease. Subsequently we will study the morphology of dendritic spine by using confocal imaging to determine the relationship between synaptic density and synaptic plasticity potential in wild type, transgenic animals model of AD and APP KO animals.


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Domaines d'expertise requis

Electrophysiology, Confocal microscopy, Molecular Biology, Immunofluorescence.


Fabien Lanté
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Mise à jour le 6 juin 2019


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