Aβ peptide enhances focal adhesion kinase/Fyn association in a rat CNS nerve cell line

Chi Zhang, H. Erin Qiu, Grant A. Krafft, William L. Klein*

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Neurotoxicity of the amyloid beta protein (Aβ) is known to correlate with a selective change in protein tyrosine phosphorylation (Tyr(P)) of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) (Zhang et al., J. Biol. Chem., 269 (1994) 25247- 25250). The current work has found that exposure of neuronal cells to Aβ upregulates the stable association of FAK with Fyn, a neuronally-enriched protein tyrosine kinase of the Src-family. In cells incubated with aged Aβ 1-42, the amount of immunoprecipitable FAK-Fyn complex increased ~280%. Equivalent results were obtained whether anti-FAK or anti-Fyn was used to precipitate the complex. Cells incubated with non-toxic Aβ 17-42, which makes aggregates and attaches to cells but does not upregulate FAK Tyr(P), exhibited no increase in FAK-Fyn complex. Aberrant Fyn activity due to the Aβ-evoked association with FAK could play a role in neuronal degeneration and also cause anomalies in synaptic plasticity. These possibilities are of particular significance because of the reported increase in Fyn immunoreactivity in Alzheimer's-afflicted neurons (Shirazi and Wood, NeuroReport, 4 (1993) 435-437).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 28 1996


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyloid β protein
  • B103 cells
  • Focal adhesion kinase
  • Fyn
  • Tyrosine phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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