amyloid-precursor protein

amyloid-precursor protein

a cell-surface receptor involved with neuritic growth, neuronal adhesion, and axonogenesis; cleavage of amyloid precursor protein by secretases generates beta-amyloid; abnormal synthesis of amyloid precursor protein leads to plaque formation in Alzheimer disease.
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The causes for Alzheimer's disease are not known, but dysregulation of amyloid-precursor protein expression and beta-amyloid clearance is hypothesized (beta-amyloid cascade).