Alzheimer’s disease: How metal ions define β-amyloid function

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Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly recognized to be linked to the function and status of metal ions, and recently, the amyloid hypothesis has been strongly intertwined with the metal ion hypothesis; in fact, these two hypotheses fit well together and are not mutually contradictory. This review focuses on the essential coordination chemistry and biochemistry that relate transition metal ions iron, copper, and zinc to β-amyloid (Aβ) and most likely define the peptide's roles in neurons. The metal-Aβ interactions have elements of both gain of toxic function, as usually considered, but also loss of natural functions, as emphasized in this review. Both these aspects and their relationships are discussed and their implications for future therapeutic strategies are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Pages (from-to)127-159
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • β-Amyloid
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Oligomer


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