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Frances Corrigan, Emma Thornton, Laila C. Roisman, Anna V. Leonard, Robert Vink, Peter C. Blumbergs, Corinna van den Heuvel and Roberto Cappai The neuroprotective activity of the amyloid precursor protein against traumatic brain injury is mediated via the heparin binding site in residues 96-110 Journal of Neurochemistry 128

Article first published online: 28 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/jnc.12391

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The product of α-secretase cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein, sAPPα is neuroprotective following traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of interest was whether this neuroprotective activity could be further delineated to a heparin binding region within sAPPα, corresponding to the region APP96-110 (see diagram demonstrating the domain structure of sAPPα). Indeed treatment with APP96-110 improved functional outcome following TBI, an effect that was not seen with a mutated version of the peptide that had reduced heparin binding affinity.

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