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Protective effects of Peroxiredoxin 6 overexpression on amyloid β-induced apoptosis in PC12 cells.

Free Radical Research (Impact Factor: 2.99). 08/2013; DOI: 10.3109/10715762.2013.833330
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ABSTRACT Abstract Oxidative stress triggered by amyloid β (Aβ) accumulation contributes substantially to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the present study, we examined the involvement of the antioxidant activity of peroxiredoxin 6 (Prdx 6) in protecting against Aβ25-35-induced neurotoxicity in rat PC12 cells. Treatment of PC12 cells with Aβ25-35 resulted in a dose- and time-dependent cytotoxicity that was associated with increased accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondria-mediated apoptotic cell death, including activation of caspase 3/9, inactivation of poly ADP-ribosyl polymerse (PARP), and dysregulation of Bcl-2 and Bax. This apoptotic signaling machinery was markedly attenuated in PC12 cells that overexpress wild-type Prdx 6, but not in cells that overexpress the C47S catalytic mutant of Prdx 6. This indicates that the peroxidase activity of Prdx 6 protects PC12 cells from Aβ25-35-induced neurotoxicity. The neuroprotective role of the antioxidant Prdx 6 suggests its therapeutic and/or prophylactic potential to slow the progression of AD and limit the extent of neuronal cell death caused by AD.

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