BETA-SECRETASE (P-SECRETASE)

n. a protein enzyme (protease) which cleaves the amyloid precursor protein to form beta-amyloid. These are the peptides which build-up to create plaque in the walls of vessels and parenchymal tissues of the brain. This protease, therefore, plays a crucial role in Alzheimer's disease.

BETA-SECRETASE (P-SECRETASE): "Beta-secretase (P-secretase) is that protein enzyme which leads to the production of beta-amyloid."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BETA-SECRETASE (P-SECRETASE)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/beta-secretase-p-secretase/ (accessed April 2, 2020).
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