Neurochemical Research

, Volume 20, Issue 11, pp 1329–1333 | Cite as

Neural membrane phospholipids in alzheimer disease

  • Kimberly Wells
  • Akhlaq A. Farooqui
  • Leopold Liss
  • Lloyd A. Horrocks
Original Articles


Phospholipids form the backbone of neural membranes, providing fluidity and permeability. Two plasma membrane fractions, one from synaptosomes (SPM), the other glial and neuronal cell bodies (PM), were prepared from different regions of autopsied Alzheimer disease (AD) brains. Corresponding fractions were prepared from age-matched control brains. All fractions from AD brains showed significantly lower levels of ethanolamine glycerophospholipids and significantly higher levels of serine glycerophospholipids than the control brain. No differences were observed in phosphatidylcholine levels among these membranes. These results suggest that altered phospholipid composition of plasma membranes may be involved in the abnormal signal transduction and neurodegeneration in AD.

Key Words

Phospholipids plasma membrane signal transduction neurodegeneration Alzheimer disease 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly Wells
    • 1
  • Akhlaq A. Farooqui
    • 1
  • Leopold Liss
    • 2
  • Lloyd A. Horrocks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medical BiochemistryThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus
  2. 2.Department of Pathology College of MedicineThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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