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Pathogenesis, modulation, and therapy of Alzheimer’s disease: A perspective on roles of liver-X receptors

Jasminka Štefulj
  • Laboratory of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology, Department of Molecular Biology, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Croatian Catholic University, Zagreb, Croatia
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Published Online: 2013-09-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13380-013-0136-z


The pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been mostly linked to aberrant amyloid beta (Aβ) and tau proteins metabolism, disturbed lipid/cholesterol homeostasis, and progressive neuroinflammation. Liver X receptors (LXR) are ligand-activated transcription factors, best known as the key regulators of cholesterol metabolism and transport. In addition, LXR signaling has been shown to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. In this brief review, we focus on the outcome of studies implicating LXR in the pathogenesis, modulation, and therapy of AD.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; Neurodegeneration; Amyloid-beta; Cholesterol; Liver-X receptors; LXR agonists; Neuroinflammation; Transgenic mouse models

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