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Aliases APLP2, APLP-2, APPH, APPL2, CDEBP, amyloid beta precursor like protein 2
External IDs MGI: 88047 HomoloGene: 20396 GeneCards: APLP2
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Species Human Mouse
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RefSeq (protein)


Location (UCSC) Chr 11: 130.07 – 130.14 Mb Chr 9: 31.15 – 31.21 Mb
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Amyloid-like protein 2, also known as APLP2, is a protein that in humans is encoded by the APLP2 gene.[3][4] APLP2 along with APLP1 are important modulators of glucose and insulin homeostasis.[5]

Gene location[edit]

The human APLP2 gene is located on the long (q) arm of chromosome 11 at region 2 band 4, from base pair 130, 069, 821 to base pair 130, 144, 811 (GRCh38.p7).[3]

Protein structure[edit]

APLP2 consists of 763 amino acids, with 31 amino acids making up the signal peptide and 732 amino acids making up the chain of the protein.[6]

Extracellular domain[edit]

The extracellular domain (residues 32-692) contains the E1 domain, E2 domain and BPTI/Kunitz inhibitor domain.[6][7] The E1 domain contains two independent folding units, the growth factor-like domain (GFLD) and the copper-binding domain (CuBD).[7] GFLD has a highly charged basic surface and a highly flexible region consisting of an N-terminal loop formed by a disulphide bridge.[7] CuBD consists of an alpha-helix that is tightly packed on a triple-stranded beta-sheet.[7]

The E2 domain is the largest subdomain of APLP2 and consists of six alpha-helixes.[7] The N-terminal double stranded coiled coil structure of the first monomer of E2 packs against the C-terminal triple stranded coiled coil structure of the second monomer.[7]

The BPTI/Kunitz inhibitor domain (residues 306-364)[6] is ‘Cys-rich’ and is capable of inhibiting several proteases.[8]

The ectodomain of APLP2 is dimeric and contains multiple binding sites for metal ions and components of the extracellular matrix.[7] These bindings site can bind copper, zinc, collagen and heparan sulfate.[7]

Transmembrane region[edit]

The transmembrane region of APLP2 (residues 693-716) is helical in structure.[6]

Cytoplasmic domain[edit]

The cytoplasmic domain (resides 717-763)[6] contains a YENPTY sequence suggesting a duel function of the domain.[7] The NPxY motif can function as a signal for endocytosis or the sequence can function to mediate binding of various interactive partners.[7]


APLP2 associates with antigen presentation molecules like MHC class I molecules and regulates their surface expression by enhancing endocytosis.[9][10]

APLP1 and APLP2 double knockout mice display hypoglycemia and hyperinsulinemia indicating that these two proteins are important modulators of glucose and insulin homeostasis.[5] APLP2 has also been shown to regulate development of the brain by regulating migration and differentiation of neural stem cells.[11]

Double mice knock outs of APLP2 and its homologues, APP and APLP1 have shown a strong indication that APLP2 has the key physiological role among the family members.[12] APLP2/APP double knock out mice and APLP2/APLP1 double knock out mice each show a lethal phenotype (postnatal day 1), whereas APLP1/APP double knock out mice are apparently normal, demonstrating the importance of the APLP2 protein.[12]

APLP2 plays a role in synaptic plasticity, functioning to promote neurite outgrowth, neural cell migration and copper homeostasis.[12] Analysing the neurons and networks of APP/APLP2 double knock out mice using stem cell-derived neurons and slice cultures, shows deficient excitatory synaptic transmission in this genotype.[13] Moreover, APLP2 together with APP has been demonstrated to exhibit presynaptic and postsynaptic functions in synaptogenesis and maintenance of synapses.[14]

APLP2 has shown to act as a cargo receptor in axonal transport for intact proteins.[15]

Clinical significance[edit]

APLP2 is part of a family of mammalian membrane proteins along with APLP1 and amyloid precursor protein (APP).[16] Since APP plays a key role in the molecular pathology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it has been hypothesized that APLP2 also plays a role in AD pathogenesis.[17] The amyloid β peptide (Aβ) that is present on APP has been shown to cause neurotoxic effects leading to AD.[18] Although the Aβ sequence is not present on APLP2, it has been suggested that APLP2 and APP share a functional redundancy whereby both proteins interplay with one another to exhibit physiological functions to do with synapse formation.[17]


APLP2 has been shown to interact with APBB1.[19][20]


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  9. ^ Tuli A, Sharma M, Naslavsky N, Caplan S, Solheim JC (June 2008). "Specificity of amyloid precursor-like protein 2 interactions with MHC class I molecules". Immunogenetics. 60 (6): 303–13. doi:10.1007/s00251-008-0296-0. PMC 2683759Freely accessible. PMID 18452037. 
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  11. ^ Shariati SA, Lau P, Hassan BA, Müller U, Dotti CG, De Strooper B, Gärtner A (March 2013). "APLP2 regulates neuronal stem cell differentiation during cortical development". Journal of Cell Science. 126 (Pt 5): 1268–77. doi:10.1242/jcs.122440. PMID 23345401. 
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  13. ^ Schrenk-Siemens K, Perez-Alcala S, Richter J, Lacroix E, Rahuel J, Korte M, Müller U, Barde YA, Bibel M (August 2008). "Embryonic stem cell-derived neurons as a cellular system to study gene function: lack of amyloid precursor proteins APP and APLP2 leads to defective synaptic transmission". Stem Cells. 26 (8): 2153–63. doi:10.1634/stemcells.2008-0010. PMID 18535156. 
  14. ^ Wang Z, Wang B, Yang L, Guo Q, Aithmitti N, Songyang Z, Zheng H (September 2009). "Presynaptic and postsynaptic interaction of the amyloid precursor protein promotes peripheral and central synaptogenesis". The Journal of Neuroscience. 29 (35): 10788–801. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2132-09.2009. PMC 2757256Freely accessible. PMID 19726636. 
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  16. ^ Korte M, Herrmann U, Zhang X, Draguhn A (April 2012). "The role of APP and APLP for synaptic transmission, plasticity, and network function: lessons from genetic mouse models". Experimental Brain Research. 217 (3-4): 435–40. doi:10.1007/s00221-011-2894-6. PMID 22006270. 
  17. ^ a b Midthune B, Tyan SH, Walsh JJ, Sarsoza F, Eggert S, Hof PR, Dickstein DL, Koo EH (April 2012). "Deletion of the amyloid precursor-like protein 2 (APLP2) does not affect hippocampal neuron morphology or function". Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences. 49 (4): 448–55. doi:10.1016/j.mcn.2012.02.001. PMC 3348437Freely accessible. PMID 22353605. 
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  20. ^ Tanahashi H, Tabira T (February 1999). "Molecular cloning of human Fe65L2 and its interaction with the Alzheimer's beta-amyloid precursor protein". Neuroscience Letters. 261 (3): 143–6. doi:10.1016/S0304-3940(98)00995-1. PMID 10081969. 

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