Published Papers

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is proud to present a list of published papers that result from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund support.

Most of the papers grow out of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project™ (AGP), as that is where most of our investment has gone. The AGP has met its goal of identifying most of the remaining genes that affect risk or provide protection from Alzheimer’s disease in three years for about $3 million. Some 70 genes have been newly identified and now are available for follow up by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund-supported researchers and others.

The other papers represent innovative and in most cases collaborative investigations of more “translational” research–research enabled by the discovery of the first four genes that have been known to the field for some time. These papers point to ways for potentially faster development of therapies that affect the disease mechanism, not just the symptoms.

We thank all the researchers and lab personnel for their dedication and commitment to the common mission of ending this disease, and we congratulate all of them for the important work reflected in these papers. We also are grateful to all of those who literally made this work possible. Without those of you who have supported Cure Alzheimer’s Fund projects through your generosity, these papers and the momentum forward they represent would not exist.


Andrew A. Sproul, Samson Jacob, Deborah Pre, Soong Ho Kim, Michael W. Nestor, Miriam Navarro-Sobrino, Ismael Santa-Maria, Matthew Zimmer, Soline Aubry, John W. Steele, David J. Kahler, Alex Dranovsky, Ottavio Arancio, John F. Crary, Sam Gandy, and Scott A. Noggle, Characterization and Molecular Profiling of PSEN1 Familial Alzheimer's Disease iPSC-Derived Neural Progenitors, PLoS ONE, 9(1), Jan 8 2014
H. Wang, Y. Dong, J. Zhang, Z. Xu, G. Wang, C. A. Swain, Y. Zhang and Z. Xie, Isoflurane induces endoplasmic reticulum stress and caspase activation through ryanodine receptors, Br. J. Anaesth.
Zhongcong Xie, Celeste A. Swain, Sarah A. P. Ward, Hui Zheng, Yuanlin Dong, Neelakantan Sunder, Dennis W. Burke, Diana Escobar, Yiying Zhang and Edward R. Marcantonio, Preoperative cerebrospinal fluid β-Amyloid/Tau ratio and postoperative delirium, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 9 April 2014
Riqiang Yan, Robert Vassar, Targeting the β secretase BACE1 for Alzheimer's disease therapy, The Lancet Neurology, 13(3), March 2014, 319 - 329
Karthikeyan Veeraraghavalu, Can Zhang, Xiaoqiong Zhang, Rudolph E. Tanzi, and Sangram S. Sisodia, Age-Dependent, Non-Cell-Autonomous Deposition of Amyloid from Synthesis of β-Amyloid by Cells Other Than Excitatory Neurons, J Neurosci, 34(10), 5 March 2014, 3668-3673
J W Steele, M L Lachenmayer, S Ju, A Stock, J Liken, S H Kim, L M Delgado, I E Alfaro, S Bernales, G Verdile, P Bharadwaj, V Gupta, R Barr, A Friss, G Dolios, R Wang, D Ringe, P Fraser, D Westaway, P H St George-Hyslop, P Szabo, N R Relkin, J D Buxbaum, C G Glabe, A A Protter, R N Martins, M E Ehrlich, G A Petsko, Z Yue and S Gandy, Latrepirdine improves cognition and arrests progression of neuropathology in an Alzheimer's mouse model, Mol Psychiatry, 18(8), Aug 2013, 889-897
Christina M. Lill, Marcel Schilling, Sara Ansaloni, Julia Schröder, Marian Jaedicke, Felix Luessi, Brit-Maren M. Schjeide, Andriy Mashychev, Christiane Graetz, Denis A. Akkad, Lisa-Ann Gerdes, Antje Kroner, Paul Blaschke, Sabine Hoffjan, Alexander Winkelmann, Thomas Dörner, Peter Rieckmann, Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen, Ulman Lindenberger, Andrew Chan, Hans-Peter Hartung, Orhan Aktas, Peter Lohse, Mathias Buttmann, Tania Kümpfel, Christian Kubisch, Uwe K. Zettl, Joerg T. Epplen, Frauke Zipp, Lars Bertram, Assessment of microRNA-related SNP effects in the 3′ untranslated region of theIL22RA2 risk locus in multiple sclerosis, Neurogenetics, March 18 2014
Andrew A. Sproul, Samson Jacob, Deborah Pre, Soong Ho Kim, Michael W. Nestor, Miriam Navarro-Sobrino, Ismael Santa-Maria, Matthew Zimmer, Soline Aubry, John W. Steele, David J. Kahler, Alex Dranovsky, Ottavio Arancio, John F. Crary, Sam Gandy, Scott A. Noggle, Characterization and Molecular Profiling of PSEN1 Familial Alzheimer’s Disease iPSC-Derived Neural Progenitors, PLOS ONE, January 08, 2014


Jaehong Suh, Se Hoon Choi, Donna M. Romano, Moira A. Gannon, Andrea N. Lesinski, Doo Yeon Kim, Rudolph E. Tanzi, ADAM10 Missense Mutations Potentiate β-Amyloid Accumulation by Impairing Prodomain Chaperone Function, Neuron, 80(2), Oct 16, 2013, 385–401
Raja Bhattacharyya, Cory Barren, Dora M. Kovacs, Palmitoylation of Amyloid Precursor Protein Regulates Amyloidogenic Processing in Lipid Rafts, The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(27), 3 July 2013, 11169-83
BV Hooli1, ZM Kovacs-Vajna2, K Mullin1, MA Blumenthal1, M Mattheisen3, C Zhang1, C Lange4, G Mohapatra5, L Bertram6 and RE Tanzi1, Rare autosomal copy number variations in early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease, Molecular Psychology, 6/11/2013
Zhongcong Xie, MD, PhD, Sayre McAuliffe, Celeste A. Swain, Sarah A. P. Ward, Catherine A. Crosby, Hui Zheng, Janet Sherman, Yuanlin Dong, Yiying Zhang, Neelakantan Sunder, Dennis Burke, Kevin Washicosky, Rudolph E. Tanzi, and Edward R. Marcantonio, Cerebrospinal Fluid Aβ to Tau Ratio and Postoperative Cognitive Change, Annals of Surgery, Ann Surg 2013;00 , 5/10/2013, 1-6
Zhang L, Zhang J, Yang L, Dong Y, Zhang Y, Xie Z, Isoflurane and sevoflurane increase interleukin-6 levels through the nuclear factor-kappa B pathway in neuroglioma cells, British Journal of Anaesthesia, April 19, 2013
Lane RF, Steele JW, Cai D, Ehrlich ME, Attie AD, Gandy S, Protein Sorting Motifs in the Cytoplasmic Tail of SorCS1 Control Generation of Alzheimer's Amyloid-β Peptide, J Neurosci, 33(16), April 17, 2013, 7099-7107
Steven T. DeKosky, Kaj Blennow, Milos D. Ikonomovic & Sam Gandy, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can lead to Neurodegenerative Syndromes that include Alzheimer Disease (AD) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Nature Reviews Neurology, Volume 9, No 4 , April 2013, 192-200
Shen X, Dong Y, Xu Z, Wang H, Miao C, Soriano SG, Sun D, Baxter MG, Zhang Y, Xie Z, Selective Anesthesia-induced Neuroinflammation in Developing Mouse Brain and Cognitive Impairment, Anesthesiology, Jan 9, 2013


Soong Ho Kim1, Elysse M Knight, Eric L Saunders, Azita K Cuevas, Marusia Popovech, Lung-Chi Chen, Sam Gandy, Rapid doubling of Alzheimer’s amyloid-β40 and 42 levels in brains of mice exposed to a nickel nanoparticle model of air pollution, F1000Research, 1:70, Dec 21, 2012
Arai H, Glabe C, Luecke H, Crystal structure of a conformation-dependent rabbit IgG Fab specific for amyloid prefibrillar oligomers, Biochim Biophys Acta, 1820(12), Dec 2012, 1908-14
Aida Attar, Cristian Ripoli, Elisa Riccardi, Panchanan Maiti, Domenica D. Li Puma, Tingyu Liu, Jane Hayes, Mychica R. Jones, Kristin Lichti-Kaiser, Fusheng Yang, Greg D. Gale, Chi-hong Tseng, Miao Tan, Cui-Wei Xie, Jeffrey L. Straudinger, Frank-Gerrit Klarner, Thomas Schrader, Sally A. Frautschy, Claudio Grassi and Gal Bitan, Protection of primary neurons and mouse brain from Alzheimer’s pathology by molecular tweezers, Brain, A Journal of Neurology, doi:10.1093/brain/aws289, November 26, 2012, 3735-48
Kim J, Eltorai AE, Jiang H, Liao F, Verghese PB, Kim J, Stewart FR, Basak JM, Holtzman DM, Anti-apoE immunotherapy inhibits amyloid accumulation in a transgenic mouse model of Aβ amyloidosis, J Exp Med., 209(12), Nov 19, 2012, 2149-56
Rachel F. Lane, Peter St George-Hyslop, Barbara L. Hempstead, Scott A. Small, Stephen M. Strittmatter, and Sam Gandy, Vps10 Family Proteins and the Retromer Complex in Aging-Related Neurodegeneration and Diabetes, The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(41), October 10, 2012, 14080 –14086
Jee Hoon Roh,1,2,3 Yafei Huang,1 Adam W. Bero,1,2,3 Tom Kasten,1 Floy R. Stewart,1,2,3 Randall J. Bateman,1,2,3 David M. Holtzman1,2,3,4*, Disruption of the Sleep-Wake Cycle and Diurnal Fluctuation of Amyloid-b in Mice with Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology, Science Translational Medicine Home , Vol. 4, Issue 150, September 5, 2012
Dong Y, Wu X, Zhang G, Xu Z, Zhang Y, Gautam V, Kovacs DM, Wu A, Yue Y, Xie Z, Isoflurane facilitates synaptic NMDA receptor endocytosis in mice primary neurons, Curr Mol Med., Sep 3, 2012
Lill CM, Liu T, Schjeide BM, Roehr JT, Akkad DA, Damotte V, Alcina A, Ortiz MA, Arroyo R, Lopez de Lapuente A, Blaschke P, Winkelmann A, Gerdes LA, Luessi F, Fernadez O, Izquierdo G, Antigüedad A, Hoffjan S, Cournu-Rebeix I, Gromöller S, Faber H, Liebsch M, Meissner E, Chanvillard C, Touze E, Pico F, Corcia P; ANZgene Consortium, Dörner T, Steinhagen-Thiessen E, Baeckman L, Heekeren HR, Li SC, Lindenberger U, Chan A, Hartung HP, Aktas O, Lohse P, Kümpfel T, Kubisch C, Epplen JT, Zettl UK, Fontaine B, Vandenbroeck K, Matesanz F, Urcelay E, Bertram L, Zipp F, Closing the case of APOE in multiple sclerosis: no association with disease risk in over 29,000 subjects, J Med Genet., 49(9), September 2012, 558-62
Lill CM, Bertram L, Developing the ‘next generation’ of genetic association databases for complex diseases, Hum. Mutat., 33(9), September 2012, 1366–72
Xie Z, Xu Z, General anesthetics and β-amyloid protein, Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry, Aug 14, 2012
Kendall R. Walker, Eugene L. Kang, Michael J. Whalen, Yong Shen, and Giuseppina Tesco, Depletion of GGA1 and GGA3 Mediates Postinjury Elevation of BACE1, The Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (30), July 25, 2012, 10423–10437
Wagner SL, Tanzi RE, Mobley WC, Galasko D, Potential Use of γ-Secretase Modulators in the Treatment of Alzheimer Disease, Arch Neurol., July 16, 2012
Miyazaki T, Takase K, Nakajima W, Tada H, Ohya D, Sano A, Goto T, Hirase H, Malinow R, Takahashi T, Disrupted cortical function underlies behavior dysfunction due to social isolation, J Clin Invest., 122(7), Jul 2, 2012, 2690-701
Wallace BC, Small K, Brodley CE, Lau J, Schmid CH, Bertram L, Lill CM, Cohen JT, Trikalinos TA, Toward modernizing the systematic review pipeline in genetics: efficient updating via data mining, Genet Med., 14(7), July 2012, 663-9
Wu X, Lu Y, Dong Y, Zhang G, Zhang Y, Xu Z, Culley DJ, Crosby G, Marcantonio ER, Tanzi RE, Xie Z, The inhalation anesthetic isoflurane increases levels of proinflammatory TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β, Neurobiology of Aging, 33(7), July 2012, 1364-78
Xulun Zhang1, Krassimira Garbett2, Karthikeyan Veeraraghavalu, Brian Wilburn, Reid Gilmore, Karoly Mirnics, and Sangram S. Sisodia, A Role for Presenilins in Autophagy Revisited: Normal Acidification of Lysosomes in Cells Lacking PSEN1 and PSEN2, The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(25), June 20, 2012, 8633-8648
Zhang X, Hoey RJ, Lin G, Koide A, Leung B, Ahn K, Dolios G, Paduch M, Ikeuchi T, Wang R, Li YM, Koide S, Sisodia SS, Identification of a tetratricopeptide repeat-like domain in the nicastrin subunit of γ-secretase using synthetic antibodies, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109(22), May 29, 2012, 8534-9
Nussbaum, JM; Schilling, S; Cynis, H; Silva, A; Swanson, E; Wangsanut, T; Tayler, K; Wiltgen, B; Hatami, A; Ronicke, R; Reymann, K; Hutter-Paier, B; Alexandru, A; Jagla, W; Graubner, S; Glabe, CG; Demuth, HU; Bloom, GS, Prion-like behaviour and tau-dependent cytotoxicity of pyroglutamylated amyloid-β, Nature, 485, May 2, 2012, 651-655
B.V. Hooli, PhD, G. Mohapatra, PhD, M. Mattheisen, MD, A.R. Parrado, PhD, J.T. Roehr, MS, Y. Shen, PhD, J.F. Gusella, PhD, R. Moir, PhD, A.J. Saunders, PhD, C. Lange, PhD, R.E. Tanzi, PhD and L. Bertram, MD, Role of common and rare APP DNA sequence variants in Alzheimer disease, Neurology 78 , 78/16, April 17, 2012, 1250-1257
Wu-Zhang AX, Schramm CL, Nabavi S, Malinow R, Newton AC, Cellular pharmacology of protein kinase Mζ (PKMζ) contrasts with its in vitro profile: implications for PKMζ as a mediator of memory, J Biol Chem., 287(16), Apr 13, 2012, 12879-85
Bero AW, Bauer AQ, Stewart FR, White BR, Cirrito JR, Raichle ME, Culver JP, Holtzman DM, Bidirectional relationship between functional connectivity and amyloid-β deposition in mouse brain, J Neurosci., 32(13), Mar 28, 2012, 4334-40
Xie Z, Dong Y, Maeda U, Xia W, Tanzi RE, RNAi-mediated knock-down of Dab and Numb attenuate Aβ levels via γ-secretase mediated APP processing, Transl Neurodegener., 1:8, Mar 22, 2012
Lill CM, Roehr JT, McQueen MB, Kavvoura FK, Bagade S, Schjeide BM, Schjeide LM, Meissner E, Zauft U, Allen NC, Liu T, Schilling M, Anderson KJ, Beecham G, Berg D, Biernacka JM, Brice A, DeStefano AL, Do CB, Eriksson N, Factor SA, Farrer MJ, Foroud T, Gasser T, Hamza T, Hardy JA, Heutink P, Hill-Burns EM, Klein C, Latourelle JC, Maraganore DM, Martin ER, Martinez M, Myers RH, Nalls MA, Pankratz N, Payami H, Satake W, Scott WK, Sharma M, Singleton AB, Stefansson K, Toda T, Tung JY, Vance J, Wood NW, Zabetian CP; 23andMe Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson's Disease Consortium; International Parkinson's Disease Genomics Consortium; Parkinson's Disease GWAS Consortium; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2), Young P, Tanzi RE, Khoury MJ, Zipp F, Lehrach H, Ioannidis JP, Bertram L, Comprehensive research synopsis and systematic meta-analyses in Parkinson’s disease genetics: The PDGene database, PLoS Genet., 8(3), March 2012, e1002548
Yiying Zhang MD, MS1, Zhipeng Xu MD, PhD1, Hui Wang MD1,2, Yuanlin Dong MD, MS1, Hai Ning Shi PhD, DVM3, Deborah J. Culley MD4, Gregory Crosby MD4, Edward R. Marcantonio MD5, Rudolph E. Tanzi PhD.6, Zhongcong Xie MD, PhD1,*, Anesthetics Isoflurane and Desflurane Differently Affect Mitochondrial Function, Learning, and Memory, Annals of Neurology, Volume 71, Issue 5, February 24, 2012, 687–698
Lill CM, Schjeide BM, Akkad DA, Blaschke P, Winkelmann A, Gerdes LA, Hoffjan S, Luessi F, Dörner T, Li SC, Steinhagen-Thiessen E, Lindenberger U, Chan A, Hartung HP, Aktas O, Lohse P, Kümpfel T, Kubisch C, Epplen JT, Zettl UK, Bertram L, Zipp F, Independent replication of STAT3 association with multiple sclerosis risk in a large German case-control sample, Neurogenetics, 13(1), February 2012, 83-6
Sungho Wona, Qing Luc, Lars Bertram, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Christoph Lange, On the Meta-Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies: A Robust and Efficient Approach to Combine Population and Family-Based Studies, Human Heredity , 73, January 18, 2012, 35-46
Yuanlin Dong, Xu Wu, Zhipeng Xu, Yiying Zhang, Zhongcong Xie, Anesthetic Isoflurane Increases Phosphorylated Tau Levels Mediated by Caspase Activation and Aβ Generation, PLoS One, 7(6), 2012
Lebedeva E, Stingl JC, Thal DR, Ghebremedhin E, Strauss J, Özer E, Bertram L, von Einem B, Tumani H, Otto M, Riepe MW, Högel J, Ludolph AC, von Arnim CA, Genetic variants in PSEN2 and correlation to CSF β-amyloid42 levels in AD, Neurobiol Aging, 33(1), January 2012, 201.e9-201.e18


Bertram L, Hampel H, The role of genetics for biomarker development in neurodegeneration, Prog Neurobiol., 95(4), December 2011, 501-4
Lill CM, Bertram L, Towards unveiling the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases, Semin Neurol., 31(5), November 2011, 531-41
Prinz M, Priller J, Sisodia SS, Ransohoff RM, Heterogeneity of CNS myeloid cells and their roles in neurodegeneration, Nat Neurosci., 14(10), 2011 Sept 27, 1227-35
Haworth A, Bertram L, Carrera P, Elson JL, Braastad CD, Cox DW, Cruts M, den Dunnen JT, Farrer MJ, Fink JK, Hamed SA, Houlden H, Johnson DR, Nuytemans K, Palau F, Rayan DL, Robinson PN, Salas A, Schüle B, Sweeney MG, Woods MO, Amigo J, Cotton RG, Sobrido MJ, Call for participation in the neurogenetics consortium within the Human Variome Project, Neurogenetics, 12(3), August 2011, 169-73
Bertram, L, Alzheimer’s genetics in the GWAS era: a continuing story of ‘replications and refutations’, Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep., 11(3), June 2011, 246-53