Sorting through the cell biology of Alzheimer's disease: intracellular pathways to pathogenesis

Neuron. 2006 Oct 5;52(1):15-31. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2006.09.001.


During the first 100 years of Alzheimer's disease research, this devastating and intractable disorder has been characterized at the clinical, histological, and molecular levels. Nevertheless, many key mechanistic questions remain unanswered. Here we will emphasize the importance of the cell biology of Alzheimer's disease, reviewing the relevant literature that has expanded our mechanistic understanding, with a particular focus on pathways regulating protein sorting. Accumulated evidence indicates that sorting pathways may be uniquely vulnerable to disease pathogenesis, and recent studies have begun to reveal disease-related defects in the regulation of protein sorting.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease* / etiology
  • Alzheimer Disease* / pathology
  • Alzheimer Disease* / physiopathology
  • Animals
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Neurobiology
  • Protein Sorting Signals / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Protein Sorting Signals