TRPC6 specifically interacts with APP to inhibit its cleavage by I 3-secretase and reduce Aβ production

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  • Generation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide in Alzheimera s disease involves cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by I 3-secretase, a protease known to cleave several substrates, including Notch. Finding specific modulators for I 3-secretase could be a potential avenue to treat the disease. Here, we report that transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) 6 specifically interacts with APP leading to inhibition of its cleavage by I 3-secretase and reduction in Aβ production. TRPC6 interacts with APP (C99), but not with Notch, and prevents C99 interaction with presenilin 1 (PS1). A fusion peptide derived from TRPC6 also reduces Aβ levels without effect on Notch cleavage. Crossing APP/PS1 mice with TRPC6 transgenic mice leads to a marked reduction in both plaque load and Aβ levels, and improvement in structural and behavioural impairment. Thus, TRPC6 specifically modulates I 3-secretase cleavage of APP and preventing APP (C99) interaction with PS1 via TRPC6 could be a novel strategy to reduce Aβ formation.
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  • Wang J; Lu R; Yang J; Li H; He Z; Jing N; Wang X; Wang Y
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  • 6