cAMP-dependent protein kinase phosphorylations on Tau in Alzheimer's disease

Gregory A. Jicha, Charles Weaver, Eric Lane, Cintia Vianna, Yvonne Kress, Julia Rockwood, Peter Davies

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To elucidate the role cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) phosphorylations on tau play in Alzheimer's disease, we have generated highly specific monoclonal antibodies, CP-3 and PG-5, which recognize the PKA- dependent phosphorylations of ser214 and ser409 in tau respectively. The present study demonstrates by immunohistochemical analysis, CP-3 and PG-5 immunoreactivity with neurofibrillary pathology in both early and advanced Alzheimer's disease, but not in normal brain tissue and demonstrates that cAMP-dependent protein kinase phosphorylations on tau precede or are coincident with the initial appearance of filamentous aggregates of tau. Studies using heat-stable preparations demonstrate that neither site appears to be phosphorylated to any appreciable extent in normal rodent or human brain. Further analysis demonstrates that the β catalytic subunit of PKA (Cβ), the β II regulatory subunit of PKA (Rllβ), and the 79 kDa A-kinase- anchoringprotein (AKAP79), are tightly associated with the neurofibrillary pathology, positioning cAMP-dependent protein kinase to participate directly in the pathological hyperphosphorylation of tau seen in Alzheimer's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7486-7494
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • CAMP
  • Neurofibrillary pathology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein kinase
  • Tau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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