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Liang Zhao, Yan Xiao, Jin Xiu, Long-Chun Tan, Zhi-Zhong Guan
The treatment of neurodegenerative diseases with statins has drawn increasing attention, but the related molecular mechanisms remain elusive. To examine the pleiotropic cholesterol-independent effects of statins in connection with the treatment of Alzheimer disease, we probed the influence of lovastatin on the metabolism of amyloid precursor protein (APP) , expression of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), and activity of mitogen-activated protein kinase in primary cultured neurons and SH-SY5Y cells over-expressing human APP670/671...
January 13, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Joshua A Kulas, Kendra L Puig, Colin K Combs
The amyloid precursor protein (APP) has been extensively investigated for its role in the production of amyloid beta (Aβ), a plaque-forming peptide in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Epidemiological evidence suggests type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for AD. The pancreas is an essential regulator of blood glucose levels through the secretion of the hormones insulin and glucagon. Pancreatic dysfunction is a well-characterized consequence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In this study, we have examined the expression and processing of pancreatic APP to test the hypothesis that APP may play a role in pancreatic function and the pathophysiology of diabetes...
October 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
Maria Chiara Pelleri, Elena Gennari, Chiara Locatelli, Allison Piovesan, Maria Caracausi, Francesca Antonaros, Alessandro Rocca, Costanza Maria Donati, Letizia Conti, Pierluigi Strippoli, Marco Seri, Lorenza Vitale, Guido Cocchi
Among Down syndrome (DS) children, 40-50% have congenital heart disease (CHD). Although trisomy 21 is not sufficient to cause CHD, three copies of at least part of chromosome 21 (Hsa21) increases the risk for CHD. In order to establish a genotype-phenotype correlation for CHD in DS, we built an integrated Hsa21 map of all described partial trisomy 21 (PT21) cases with sufficient indications regarding presence or absence of CHD (n=107), focusing on DS PT21 cases. We suggest a DS CHD candidate region on 21q22...
October 2017: Genomics
Riqiang Yan
BACE1 was discovered as the β-secretase for initiating the cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) at the β-secretase site, while its close homology BACE2 cleaves APP within the β-amyloid (Aβ) domain region and shows distinct cleavage preferences in vivo. Inhibition of BACE1 proteolytic activity has been confirmed to decrease Aβ generation and amyloid deposition, and thus specific inhibition of BACE1 by small molecules is a current focus for Alzheimer's disease therapy. While BACE1 inhibitors are being tested in advanced clinical trials, knowledge regarding the properties and physiological functions of BACE is highly important and this review summarizes advancements in BACE1 research over the past several years...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Gema Alcarraz-Vizán, Carlos Castaño, Montse Visa, Joel Montane, Joan-Marc Servitja, Anna Novials
BACE2 (β-site APP-cleaving enzyme 2) is a protease expressed in the brain, but also in the pancreas, where it seems to play a physiological role. Amyloidogenic diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes (T2D), share the accumulation of abnormally folded and insoluble proteins that interfere with cell function. In T2D, islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) deposits have been shown to be a pathogenic key feature of the disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of BACE2 modulation on β-cell alterations in a mouse model of T2D induced by IAPP overexpression...
August 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Erdem B Dashinimaev, Alexander S Artyuhov, Alexey P Bolshakov, Ekaterina A Vorotelyak, Andrey V Vasiliev
People with Down syndrome (DS) are at high risk of developing pathology similar to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Modeling of this pathology in vitro may be useful for studying this phenomenon. In this study, we analyzed three different cultures of neural cells carrying trisomy of chromosome 21, which were generated by directed differentiation from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). We report here that in vitro generated DS neural cells have abnormal metabolism of amyloid-β (Aβ) manifested by increased secretion and accumulation of Aβ granules of Aβ42 pathological isoform with upregulated expression of the APP gene...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Jack D Scott, Sarah W Li, Andrew P J Brunskill, Xia Chen, Kathleen Cox, Jared N Cumming, Mark Forman, Eric J Gilbert, Robert A Hodgson, Lynn A Hyde, Qin Jiang, Ulrich Iserloh, Irina Kazakevich, Reshma Kuvelkar, Hong Mei, John Meredith, Jeffrey Misiaszek, Peter Orth, Lana M Rossiter, Meagan Slater, Julie Stone, Corey O Strickland, Johannes H Voigt, Ganfeng Wang, Hongwu Wang, Yusheng Wu, William J Greenlee, Eric M Parker, Matthew E Kennedy, Andrew W Stamford
Verubecestat 3 (MK-8931), a diaryl amide-substituted 3-imino-1,2,4-thiadiazinane 1,1-dioxide derivative, is a high-affinity β-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) inhibitor currently undergoing Phase 3 clinical evaluation for the treatment of mild to moderate and prodromal Alzheimer's disease. Although not selective over the closely related aspartyl protease BACE2, verubecestat has high selectivity for BACE1 over other key aspartyl proteases, notably cathepsin D, and profoundly lowers CSF and brain Aβ levels in rats and nonhuman primates and CSF Aβ levels in humans...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Zhixiong Ma, Weiliang Jiang, Eric Erquan Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a circadian clock-related disease. However, it is not very clear whether pre-symptomatic AD leads to circadian disruption or whether malfunction of circadian rhythms exerts influence on development of AD. Here, we report a functional clock that exists in the hippocampus. This oscillator both receives input signals and maintains the cycling of the hippocampal Per2 gene. One of the potential inputs to the oscillator is orexin signaling, which can shorten the hippocampal clock period and thereby regulate the expression of clock-controlled-genes (CCGs)...
October 31, 2016: Scientific Reports
Maricarmen Hernández-Rodríguez, José Correa-Basurto, Antonia Gutiérrez, Javier Vitorica, Martha C Rosales-Hernández
Inhibition of β-site amyloid-β-protein precursor cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) represents a promising approach for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the development of a selective BACE1 inhibitor is difficult due to its highly flexible catalytic site and homology to other aspartic proteases, including BACE2 and Cathepsin D (CTSD). Aiming to better understand the structural factors responsible for selective BACE1 inhibition, we performed alignment studies, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and docking studies to explore the recognition of four selective BACE1 inhibitors by aspartyl proteases...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Anne Marie Madore, Vanessa T Vaillancourt, Emmanuelle Bouzigon, Chloé Sarnowski, Florent Monier, Marie Hélène Dizier, Florence Demenais, Catherine Laprise
PURPOSE: Interleukin-1 (IL-1) plays a key role in inflammation and immunity and its decoy receptor, IL-1R2, has been implicated in transcriptomic and genetic studies of asthma. METHODS: Two large asthma family collections, the French-Canadian Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean (SLSJ) study and the French Epidemiological Study on the Genetics and Environment of Asthma (EGEA), were used to investigate the association of SNPs in 10 genes that modulate IL-1R2 activities with asthma, allergic asthma, and atopy...
September 2016: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
Derya R Shimshek, Laura H Jacobson, Carine Kolly, Natasa Zamurovic, Kamal Kumar Balavenkatraman, Laurent Morawiec, Robert Kreutzer, Juliane Schelle, Mathias Jucker, Barbara Bertschi, Diethilde Theil, Annabelle Heier, Karine Bigot, Karen Beltz, Rainer Machauer, Irena Brzak, Ludovic Perrot, Ulf Neumann
Melanocytes of the hair follicle produce melanin and are essential in determining the differences in hair color. Pigment cell-specific MELanocyte Protein (PMEL17) plays a crucial role in melanogenesis. One of the critical steps is the amyloid-like functional oligomerization of PMEL17. Beta Site APP Cleaving Enzyme-2 (BACE2) and γ-secretase have been shown to be key players in generating the proteolytic fragments of PMEL17. The β-secretase (BACE1) is responsible for the generation of amyloid-β (Aβ) fragments in the brain and is therefore proposed as a therapeutic target for Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
February 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Douglas E Linn, Kathryn L Penney, Roderick T Bronson, Lorelei A Mucci, Zhe Li
TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusions that occur frequently in human prostate cancers can be generated either through insertional chromosomal rearrangement or by intrachromosomal deletion. Genetically, a key difference between these two mechanisms is that the latter results in deletion of a ∼3-Mb interstitial region containing genes with unexplored roles in prostate cancer. In this study, we characterized two mouse models recapitulating TMPRSS2-ERG insertion or deletion events in the background of prostate-specific PTEN deficiency...
April 1, 2016: Cancer Research
Nur Hanisah Azmi, Maznah Ismail, Norsharina Ismail, Mustapha Umar Imam, Noorjahan Banu Mohammed Alitheen, Maizaton Atmadini Abdullah
The pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease involves complex etiological factors, of which the deposition of beta-amyloid (Aβ) protein and oxidative stress have been strongly implicated. We explored the effects of H2O2, which is a precursor for highly reactive hydroxyl radicals, on neurotoxicity and genes related to AD on neuronal cells. Candidate bioactive compounds responsible for the effects were quantified using HPLC-DAD. Additionally, the effects of germinated brown rice (GBR) on the morphology of Aβ(1-42) were assessed by Transmission Electron Microscopy and its regulatory effects on gene expressions were explored...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Ingrid C Rulifson, Ping Cao, Li Miao, David Kopecky, Linda Huang, Ryan D White, Kim Samayoa, Jonitha Gardner, Xiaosu Wu, Kui Chen, Trace Tsuruda, Oliver Homann, Helene Baribault, Harvey Yamane, Tim Carlson, Jed Wiltzius, Yang Li
Pancreatic amyloid formation by islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) is a hallmark pathological feature of type 2 diabetes. IAPP is stored in the secretory granules of pancreatic beta-cells and co-secreted with insulin to maintain glucose homeostasis. IAPP is innocuous under homeostatic conditions but imbalances in production or processing of IAPP may result in homodimer formation leading to the rapid production of cytotoxic oligomers and amyloid fibrils. The consequence is beta-cell dysfunction and the accumulation of proteinaceous plaques in and around pancreatic islets...
2016: PloS One
Soraia Barão, Diederik Moechars, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Bart De Strooper
The protease β-site amyloid precursor protein (APP)-cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) is required for the production of the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide, which is central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Chronic inhibition of this protease may temper amyloid production and cure or prevent AD. However, while BACE1 inhibitors are being pushed forward as drug candidates, a remarkable gap in knowledge on the physiological functions of BACE1 and its close homolog BACE2 becomes apparent. Here we discuss the major discoveries of the past 3 years concerning BACE1 biology and to what extent these could limit the use of BACE1 inhibitors in the clinic...
March 2016: Trends in Neurosciences
H M Kumalo, Mahmoud E Soliman
Beta-amyloid precursor protein cleavage enzyme1 (BACE1) and beta-amyloid precursor protein cleavage enzyme2 (BACE2), members of aspartyl protease family, are close homologs and have high similarity in their protein crystal structures. However, their enzymatic properties are different, which leads to different clinical outcomes. In this study, we performed sequence analysis and all-atom molecular dynamic (MD) simulations for both enzymes in their ligand-free states in order to compare their dynamical flap behaviors...
October 2016: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
William L Lowe, Denise M Scholtens, Victoria Sandler, M Geoffrey Hayes
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as abnormal glucose tolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. Women with a history of GDM are at long-term risk for developing type 2 diabetes (T2DM), raising the question to what extent GDM and T2DM share a common genetic architecture. Meta-analysis of candidate gene studies and genome-wide association analysis (GWAS) have identified a number of genes which are reproducibly associated with GDM, including TCF7L2, GCK, KCNJ11, KCNQ1, CDKAL1, IGF2BP2, MTNR1B, and IRS1...
February 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Johannes Lange, Kristin Aaser Lunde, Camilla Sletten, Simon Geir Møller, Ole-Bjørn Tysnes, Guido Alves, Jan Petter Larsen, Jodi Maple-Grødem
Background. Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) share pathological features, including amyloid-beta pathology. Amyloid-beta peptide is generated by sequential proteolysis of amyloid precursor protein (APP), and genetic variations in the processing pathway genes have been found to increase the risk of AD; however, the contribution in PD is unknown. Methods. The aim of this study was to investigate whether candidate polymorphisms in five genes (ADAM10, BACE1, BACE2, PSEN2, and CLU) involved in the APP processing pathway affect PD risk in a population-based cohort of patients with incident PD and control subjects from the Norwegian ParkWest study...
2015: Parkinson's Disease
Quang De Tran, Sukumar Bepary, Ge Hyeong Lee, Heeyeong Cho, Woo Kyu Park, Hee-Jong Lim
Synthesis, SAR study and BACE1 inhibitory activity of (3S,4S)-4-aminopyrrolidine-3-ol derivatives (2) were described. The compound 7c exhibited more inhibition activity than 11a (IC50: 0.05μM vs 0.12μM, respectively), but the latter was more effective in cell-based assay (IC50: 1.7μM vs 40% inhibition by 7c @ 10μM) due to the relatively higher cell permeability. Most of the compounds showed high selectivity over BACE2 and cathepsin D. This work will provide useful information for further structural modifications to develop potent BACE1 inhibitors in cell...
January 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
A Rovelet-Lecrux, C Charbonnier, D Wallon, G Nicolas, M N J Seaman, C Pottier, S Y Breusegem, P P Mathur, P Jenardhanan, K Le Guennec, A S Mukadam, O Quenez, S Coutant, S Rousseau, A-C Richard, A Boland, J-F Deleuze, T Frebourg, D Hannequin, D Campion
We hypothesized that de novo variants (DNV) might participate in the genetic determinism of sporadic early-onset Alzheimer disease (EOAD, onset before 65 years). We investigated 14 sporadic EOAD trios first by array-comparative genomic hybridization. Two patients carried a de novo copy number variation (CNV). We then performed whole-exome sequencing in the 12 remaining trios and identified 12 non-synonymous DNVs in six patients. The two de novo CNVs (an amyloid precursor protein (APP) duplication and a BACE2 intronic deletion) and 3/12 non-synonymous DNVs (in PSEN1, VPS35 and MARK4) targeted genes from a biological network centered on the Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide...
September 2015: Molecular Psychiatry
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