Scientists Discovered Novel Protein That Is Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (Ad) Pathology

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Another protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been recognized by scientists at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS). CAPON may encourage the association between the two most surely understood AD culprits, amyloid plaques and tau pathology, whose collaborations cause synapse demise and indications of dementia. This most recent finding from the Takaomi Saido bunch at RIKEN CBS utilizes a novel mouse model of AD. The research was distributed in Nature Communications.  

Alzheimer’s disease is a perplexing and destroying condition described by plaques of amyloid-β and neurofibrillary tangles, otherwise called tau pathology, in the brain. Exploring the association between these highlights, the exploration group recognized CAPON, a protein that ties to tau. The CAPON quality is a known hazard for other brain issue, and on the grounds that AD can be joined by psychiatric indications, the group speculated that CAPON could shape a connection between these conditions. To be sure, when they analyzed one kind of AD mouse, they discovered aggregation of CAPON in the hippocampus, a significant memory focus in the brain. Besides, CAPON gathering was significantly more prominent within the sight of amyloid-β pathology.

In the wake of making another kind of AD mouse model utilizing a novel App/MAPT twofold knock in procedure, the group embedded CAPON DNA into the brain, which brought about CAPON overexpression. These mice displayed noteworthy neurodegeneration, raised tau, and hippocampal shrinkage. “The suggestion is that amassing CAPON builds AD-related pathology,” says lead creator Shoko Hashimoto of RIKEN CBS. “Despite the fact that cell demise coming about because of CAPON can happen through a wide range of pathways, we certainly think this protein is a facilitator among neuroinflammation and tau pathology.” This is the principal concentrate to utilize App/MAPT twofold knock in mice, which are built to have human-like MAPT and App qualities containing pathogenic transformations.

On the off chance that CAPON collection compounds AD pathology, the group contemplated that CAPON insufficiency could have the contrary impact. For this test, the group knocked out CAPON in another sort of AD model mouse that ordinarily has expanded tau pathology. They found that CAPON inadequacy prompted less tau, less amyloid-β, less neurodegeneration, and less brain decay. In this manner, lessening CAPON levels in AD mice successfully diminished a significant number of the physiological AD indications.

“Neurodegeneration is unpredictable however we think CAPON is a significant mediator between amyloid-β, tau, and cell death. Breaking this connection with medications is a promising road for treating AD,” says Saido. “The App/MAPT twofold knock in mice created by our lab are an improved apparatus for the whole Alzheimer’s exploration field.”


Shoko Hashimoto, Yukio Matsuba, Naoko Kamano, Naomi Mihira, Naruhiko Sahara, Jiro Takano, Shin-ichi Muramatsu, Takaomi C. Saido, Takashi Saito. Tau binding protein CAPON induces tau aggregation and neurodegenerationNature Communications, 2019; 10 (1) DOI: 1038/s41467-019-10278-x