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The involvement of the ubiquitin system in Alzheimer's disease (review).

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Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of senile dementia, affects more than 15 million people world-wide and is characterized by a marked deterioration in memory and all cognitive functions, as a result of a progressive degeneration and loss of cortical and limbic neurons. This process is associated with the presence of both the so-called -amyloid deposits and the cellular neurofibrillary tangles composed mainly of paired helical filaments of aberrantly hyperphosphorylated tau protein. The accumulation of ubiquitin in neurofibrillary tangles and senile plaques (both characteristic of the neuronal abnormalities associated with the disease) is postulated to play a role in the repair mechanism related to neuronal regeneration.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Departament de Bioquimica i Biologia Molecular, Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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