Glycogen synthase kinase-3 is increased in white cells early in Alzheimer's disease.
Hye A., Kerr F., Archer N., Foy C., Poppe M., Brown R., Hamilton G., Powell J., Anderton B., Lovestone S.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a disorder without a molecular marker in peripheral tissues or a disease modifying treatment. As increasing evidence has suggested a role for glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) in the pathogenesis of the condition we measured total GSK-3 protein (alpha and beta isoforms) and GSK-3 activity (serine 9 phosphorylation) in a group of healthy elderly people, in AD and in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Total GSK-3 protein was increased in both AD and in MCI without a compensatory decrease in activity. These data suggest that GSK-3 assays might be a useful diagnostic marker in a readily available tissue and moreover that GSK-3 activity is increased in the prodromal phase of the disorder suggesting that inhibition of GSK-3 might be a useful therapeutic strategy.