The Protective Role of Vitamin E in Vascular Amyloid β-Mediated Damage

  • Francisco José Muñoz
  • Montserrat Solé
  • Mireia Coma
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 38)


Amyloid β peptide (Aβ) accumulation produces the senile plaques in the brain parenchyma characteristic of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and the vascular deposits of Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA). Oxidative stress is directly involved in Aβ-mediated cytotoxicity and antioxidants have been reported as cytoprotective in AD and CAA. Vitamin E has antioxidant and hydrophobic properties that render this molecule as the main antioxidant present in biological membranes, preventing lipid peroxidation, carbonyl formation and inducing intracellular modulation of cell signalling pathways. Accordingly, vascular damage produced by Aβ and prooxidant agents can be decreased or prevented by vitamin E. The protective effect of vitamin E against Aβ cytotoxicity in vascular cells in comparison to the neuronal system is reviewed in this chapter.

Key words

Amyloid β-peptide Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy vitamin E vascular cells antioxidants oxidative stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco José Muñoz
    • 1
  • Montserrat Solé
    • 1
  • Mireia Coma
    • 1
  1. 1.Unitat de Senyalització Cel lular, Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la SalutUniversitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)BarcelonaSpain

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