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Kolla Rajasekhar, Kapilkumar Mehta, Thimmaiah Govindaraju
Amyloid beta (Aβ) aggregation is the key trait responsible for the pathological devastation caused by Alzheimer's disease (AD). Among the various pathways of multifaceted toxicity exhibited by Aβ aggregates in neuronal cells, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by Aβ-CuII complex and mitochondrial damage are prominent. Aβ interferes with mitochondrial transport channels, causing mitochondrial dysfunction. Herein, we present nontoxic hybrid multifunctional modulators (HMMs, TGR86-88) developed by integrating the structural and functional features of the metal chelating aggregation modulator, clioquinol (Clq) and the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)...
March 20, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Myeongsang Lee, Jae In Kim, Sungsoo Na, Kilho Eom
Amyloid β (Aβ) aggregates, which are a hallmark for neurodegenerative disease, are formed through a self-assembly process such as aggregation of Aβ peptide chains. This aggregation process depends on the solvent conditions under which the proteins are aggregated. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism of the ionic effect on the formation and stability of amyloid aggregates has not been fully understood. Here, we report how metal ions play a role in the formation and stability of Aβ aggregates at different length scales, i...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hsin-Hua Li, Chih-Li Lin, Chien-Ning Huang
A growing body of evidence suggests that disruption of the homeostasis of lipid metabolism affects the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, dysregulation of cholesterol homeostasis in the brain has been reported to considerably increase the risk of developing AD. Thus, dysregulation of lipid homeostasis may increase the amyloid β (Aβ) levels by affecting amyloid precursor protein (APP) cleavage, which is the most important risk factor involved in the pathogenesis of AD. Previous research demonstrated that Aβ can trigger neuronal insulin resistance, which plays an important role in response to Aβ-induced neurotoxicity in AD...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Yongming Pan, Jianqin Xu, Cheng Chen, Fangming Chen, Ping Jin, Keyan Zhu, Chenyue W Hu, Mengmeng You, Minli Chen, Fuliang Hu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia characterized by aggregation of amyloid β (Aβ) and neuronal loss. One of the risk factors for AD is high cholesterol levels, which are known to promote Aβ deposition. Previous studies have shown that royal jelly (RJ), a product of worker bees, has potential neuroprotective effects and can attenuate Aβ toxicity. However, little is known about how RJ regulates Aβ formation and its effects on cholesterol levels and neuronal metabolic activities...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Ming-Che Lee, Wan-Cheng Yu, Yao-Hsiang Shih, Chun-Yu Chen, Zhong-Hong Guo, Shing-Jong Huang, Jerry C C Chan, Yun-Ru Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the elderly. Zinc (Zn) ion interacts with the pathogenic hallmark, amyloid-β (Aβ), and is enriched in senile plaques in brain of AD patients. To understand Zn-chelated Aβ (ZnAβ) species, here we systematically characterized ZnAβ aggregates by incubating equimolar Aβ with Zn. We found ZnAβ40 and ZnAβ42 both form spherical oligomers with a diameter of ~12-14 nm composed of reduced β-sheet content. Oligomer assembly examined by analytical ultracentrifugation, hydrophobic exposure by BisANS spectra, and immunoreactivity of ZnAβ and Aβ derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs) are distinct...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Hua Rong, Yini Liang, Yingcai Niu
Oxidative stress is an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has emerged as a master regulator for the endogenous antioxidant response, and thus represents an attractive therapeutic target against AD. The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that rosmarinic acid (RosA) attenuates amyloid-β (Aβ)-evoked oxidative stress through activating Nrf2-inducible cellular antioxidant defense system. Here, we reported that RosA attenuated Aβ-induced cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and lipid hydroperoxides (LPO)...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Olga Press-Sandler, Yifat Miller
Amyloidogenic proteins are related to a variety of amyloid diseases, such as type 2 diabetes (T2D), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). The amyloid proteins in which this review focuses include amylin, Aβ, tau and α-synuclein. Understanding the molecular mechanisms in which these amyloidogenic proteins interact with membranes is a challenging research to both experimental and computational studies. This review illustrates recent studies on amyloid-membrane interactions, but it mainly focuses on the challenge issues related to experimental techniques to investigate at the molecular level these interactions and provides thoughts and outlook for future computational studies...
March 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Nirmal Kumar Ramesh, Swathi Sudhakar, Ethayaraja Mani
Experiments have shown that charged nanoparticles (NP) inhibit, partially or completely, the aggregation of Aβ protein monomers into fibrils. The equilibrium fibril content is found to be inversely proportional to the concentration of NP. In this work, we report a kinetic model for the fibrillation of Aβ protein in the presence of NP. In the model, apart from nucleation, elongation and fragmentation processes, the effect of NP is considered to cause a conformational change to the protein monomer, making the latter incompatible for aggregation...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jun-Ichi Satoh, Yoshihiro Kino, Motoaki Yanaizu, Yuko Saito
Nasu-Hakola disease (NHD) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by progressive presenile dementia and formation of multifocal bone cysts, caused by genetic mutations of either triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 ( TREM2 ) or TYRO protein tyrosine kinase binding protein ( TYROBP ), alternatively named DNAX-activation protein 12 ( DAP12 ), both of which are expressed on microglia in the brain and form the receptor-adaptor complex that chiefly recognizes anionic lipids. TREM2 transmits the signals involved in microglial survival, proliferation, chemotaxis, and phagocytosis...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Srikant Rangaraju, Syed Ali Raza, Noel Xiang'An Li, Ranjita Betarbet, Eric B Dammer, Duc Duong, James J Lah, Nicholas T Seyfried, Allan I Levey
In the central nervous system (CNS), microglia are innate immune mononuclear phagocytes (CNS MPs) that can phagocytose infectious particles, apoptotic cells, neurons, and pathological protein aggregates, such as Aβ in Alzheimer's disease (AD). While CD11b+ CD45low microglia account for the majority of CNS MPs, a small population of CD11b+ CD45high CNS MPs is also recognized in AD that surround Aβ plaques. These transcriptionally and pathologically unique CD45high cells have unclear origin and undefined phagocytic characteristics...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Yan He, Kun Jia, Lei Li, Qi Wang, Shuhui Zhang, Jiaming Du, Heng Du
Mitochondrial dysfunction is a featured pathology underlying synaptic injury and neuronal stress in Alzheimer's disease (AD). In recent years, the vicious cycle between mitochondrial deficits and intra-neuronal Redox state imbalance has received considerable attention. In this regard, it is of great interest to determine whether antioxidants could alleviate mitochondrial dysfunction in AD-related conditions. Salvianolic acid B (SalB), a bioactive component of alvia miltiorrhiza Bge, is a potent antioxidant...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Varda Shoshan-Barmatz, Edna Nahon-Crystal, Anna Shteinfer-Kuzmine, Rajeev Gupta
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder. Although an accumulation of brain amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide and hyperphosphorylated tau protein have been implicated in the pathogenesis of AD, the etiology of the disease remains unclear. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been identified as an early event in AD pathogenesis and is reflected by reduced metabolism, disruption of Ca2+ homeostasis, and increased levels of reactive oxygen species, lipid peroxidation, and apoptosis. The focus of this review is the involvement of mitochondrial dysfunction in AD, and specifically, the role of the voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), which has been linked to AD pathogenesis...
March 15, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Zhiqiang Jiang, Xiaoyan Dong, Yan Sun
Amyloid β-protein (Aβ) aggregation is crucial for the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, and surface charge of nanoparticles (NPs) has been recognized as an important factor influencing Aβ aggregation. Herein, we report a systematic study on the issue with a series of self-assembled chitosan-hyaluronic acid composite (CH) NPs of different surface charges (CH1 to CH7, zeta potentials from +38 to -35 mV). Both the positive and negative CH NPs inhibited Aβ aggregation and the inhibitory effect increased with increasing the surface charges density...
March 8, 2018: Carbohydrate Research
Timothy M Hughes, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Suzanne Craft, Akiva Mintz, Gerardo Heiss, Priya Palta, Dean Wong, Yun Zhou, David Knopman, Thomas H Mosley, Rebecca F Gottesman
OBJECTIVE: Arterial stiffness has been associated with evidence of cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) and fibrillar β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the brain. These complex relationships have not been examined in racially and cognitively diverse cohorts. METHODS: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC)-Neurocognitive Study collected detailed cognitive testing for adjudication of dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), brain MRI, and arterial stiffness by pulse wave velocity (PWV, carotid-femoral [cfPWV] and heart-carotid [hcPWV])...
March 16, 2018: Neurology
Qinghui Cheng, Zhi-Wen Hu, Katelynne E Doherty, Yuto J Tobin-Miyaji, Wei Qiang
Disruption of the synaptic plasma membrane (SPM) induced by the aggregation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides has been considered as a potential mechanism for the neurotoxicity of Aβ in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the molecular basis of such membrane disruption process remains unclear, mainly because of the severe systematic heterogeneity problem that prevents the high-resolution studies. Our previous studies using a two-component phosphatidylcholine (PC)/phosphatidylglycerol (PG) model liposome showed the presence of Aβ-induced membrane disruptions that were either on the pathway or off the pathway of fibril formation...
March 13, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chye Soi Moi, Chia Kin Yen, Khuen Yen Ng, Koh Rhun Yian
Protein misfolding and aggregation have been considered the common pathological hallmarks for a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Huntington's disease (HD). These abnormal proteins aggregation damage mitochondria and induce oxidative stress and resulting neuronal cell death. Prolong neuronal damage activates microglia and astrocytes, development of inflammation reaction and further promotes neurodegeneration. Thus, elimination of abnormal proteins aggregation without eliciting any adverse effects are the main treatment strategies...
March 15, 2018: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Anna King, Anna Brain, Kelsey Hanson, Justin Dittmann, James Vickers, Carmen Fernandez-Martos
Disruption of leptin signalling has been implicated as playing a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Leptin has previously been shown to be affected by amyloid-beta (Aβ)-related signalling; however, pathways that link leptin to the disease pathogenesis have not been determined. To characterize the association between increasing age-dependent Aβ levels with leptin signalling and the vulnerable brain regions in AD, we assessed the mRNA and protein expression profile of leptin and leptin receptor (Ob-Rb) at 9 and 18-month-age in APP/PS1 mice...
March 15, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Anat Elmann, Alona Telerman, Rivka Ofir, Yoel Kashman, Orly Lazarov
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent cause of dementia in adults. Current available drugs for AD transiently alleviate some of the symptoms, but do not modify the disease mechanism or cure it. Therefore, new drugs are desperately needed. Key contributors to AD are amyloid beta (Aβ)- and reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced cytotoxicities. Plant-derived substances have been shown to affect various potential targets in various diseases including AD. Therefore, phytochemicals which can protect neuronal cells against these insults might help in preventing and treating this disease...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
Misato Yoshikawa, Yoshiyuki Soeda, Makoto Michikawa, Osborne F X Almeida, Akihiko Takashima
Hippocampal hyperactivity, ascribed to amyloid β (Aβ)-induced imbalances in neural excitation and inhibition, is found in patients with mild cognitive impairment, a prodromal stage of Alzheimer's disease (AD). To better understand the relationship between hippocampal hyperactivity and the molecular triggers of behavioral impairments in AD, we used Mn-enhanced MRI (MEMRI) to assess neuronal activity after subjecting mice to a task requiring spatial learning and memory. Depletion of endogenous tau in an amyloid precursor protein (APP) transgenic (J20) mouse line was shown to ameliorate hippocampal hyperactivity in J20 animals, tau depletion failed to reverse memory deficits associated with APP/Aβ overproduction...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Heather T Whittaker, Shenghua Zhu, Domenico L Di Curzio, Richard Buist, Xin-Min Li, Suzanna Noy, Frances K Wiseman, Jonathan D Thiessen, Melanie Martin
Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology causes microstructural changes in the brain. These changes, if quantified with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), could be studied for use as an early biomarker for AD. The aim of our study was to determine if T1 relaxation, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and quantitative magnetization transfer imaging (qMTI) metrics could reveal changes within the hippocampus and surrounding white matter structures in ex vivo transgenic mouse brains overexpressing human amyloid precursor protein with the Swedish mutation...
March 12, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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