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Current Alzheimer Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828

Review Article

Post-Translational Modifications in Tau and Their Roles in Alzheimer's Pathology

Author(s): Subha Kalyaanamoorthy*, Stanley Kojo Opare, Xiaoxiao Xu, Aravindhan Ganesan and Praveen P.N. Rao

Volume 21, Issue 1, 2024

Published on: 15 April, 2024

Page: [24 - 49] Pages: 26

DOI: 10.2174/0115672050301407240408033046


Microtubule-Associated Protein Tau (also known as tau) has been shown to accumulate into paired helical filaments and neurofibrillary tangles, which are known hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology. Decades of research have shown that tau protein undergoes extensive post-translational modifications (PTMs), which can alter the protein's structure, function, and dynamics and impact the various properties such as solubility, aggregation, localization, and homeostasis. There is a vast amount of information describing the impact and role of different PTMs in AD pathology and neuroprotection. However, the complex interplay between these PTMs remains elusive. Therefore, in this review, we aim to comprehend the key post-translational modifications occurring in tau and summarize potential connections to clarify their impact on the physiology and pathophysiology of tau. Further, we describe how different computational modeling methods have helped in understanding the impact of PTMs on the structure and functions of the tau protein. Finally, we highlight the tau PTM-related therapeutics strategies that are explored for the development of AD therapy.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, tau protein, post-translational modifications, phosphorylation, acetylation, methylation, nitration, glycosylation, glycation, truncation, deamidation, ubiquitination, sumoylation, computational modeling, therapeutic approaches.

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