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Early postnatal lead exposure induces tau phosphorylation in the brain of young rats.
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PMID:  23134599     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Cognitive impairment is a common feature of both lead exposure and hyperphosphorylation of tau. We, therefore, investigated whether lead exposure would induce tau hyperphosphorylation. Wistar rat pups were exposed to 0.2% lead acetate via their dams' drinking water from postnatal day 1 to 21. Lead in blood and brain were measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometry and the expression of tau, phosphorylated tau and various serine/threonine protein phosphatases (PP1, PP2A, PP2B and PP5) in the brain was analyzed by Western blot. Lead exposure significantly impaired learning and resulted in a significant reduction in the expression of tau but increased the phosphorylation of tau at Ser199/202, Thr212/Ser214 and Thr231. PP2A expression decreased, whereas, PP1 and PP5 expression increased in lead-exposed rats. These results demonstrate that early postnatal exposure to lead decrease PP2A expression and induce tau hyperphosphorylation at several serine and threonine residues. Hyperphosphorylation of tau may be a mechanism of Pb-induced deficits in learning and memory.
A Rahman; K M Khan; G Al-Khaledi; I Khan; Sreeja Attur
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta biologica Hungarica     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0236-5383     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta. Biol. Hung.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8404358     Medline TA:  Acta Biol Hung     Country:  Hungary    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Kuwait University Department of Family Sciences, College for Women Kuwait Kuwait.
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