The low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein, a multifunctional apolipoprotein E receptor, modulates hippocampal neurite development

Masaaki Narita, Guojun Bu, David M. Holtzman, Alan L. Schwartz

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The ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (apoE) is an important risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. A major neuronal receptor for apoE within the brain is the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP). Using primary cultured hippocampal neurons, we examined the role of LRP in early neuronal development. LRP, as well as a 39-kDa protein that regulates its activity, is localized abundantly in developing neurons. Both the 39-kDa protein and an anti-LRP antibody inhibited neurite outgrowth of primary hippocampal neurons cultured in either serum-containing medium or on cortical astrocyte monolayers in serum-free medium. It is noteworthy that microtubule-associated protein-2 immunoreactive process outgrowth was decreased significantly in hippocampal neurons cultured on cortical astrocytes derived from apoE- deficient mice and was not diminished further following incubation with LRP inhibitors. Thus, these results suggest that LRP can influence aspects of neuronal process development and that apoE-containing lipoproteins may be one of the major LRP ligands that can contribute to this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of neurochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1997



  • 39-kDa protein
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Apolipoprotein E
  • Apolipoprotein E-deficient mice
  • Lipoprotein receptor-related protein
  • Neurite outgrowth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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