Alzheimer's Disease Abnormally Phosphorylated τ Is Dephosphorylated by Protein Phosphatase-2B (Calcineurin)


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Abstract: Abnormally hyperphosphorylated τ is the major protein subunit of paired helical filaments in Alzheimer brains. We have examined its site-specific dephosphorylation by different protein phosphatases. Dephosphorylation of τ was monitored by its interaction with several phosphorylation-dependent antibodies. Alzheimer τ was dephosphorylated by brain protein phosphatase-2B at the abnormally phosphorylated sites Ser46, Ser199, Ser202, Ser235, Ser396, and Ser404, and its relative mobility on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis shifted to that of normal τ. Protein phosphatases-1 and -2A could dephosphorylate only some of the above six phosphorylation sites. These results indicate that protein phosphatase-2B might be involved in hyperphosphorylation of τ in Alzheimer's disease.