Amyloid β-induced ER stress is enhanced under mitochondrial dysfunction conditions

Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
Neurobiology of aging (Impact Factor: 5.01). 06/2011; 33(4):824.e5-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2011.04.011
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Previously we reported that endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mitochondria crosstalk is involved in amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced apoptosis. Now we show that mitochondrial dysfunction affects the ER stress response triggered by Aβ using cybrids that recreate the defect in mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase (COX) activity detected in platelets from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. AD and control cybrids were treated with Aβ or classical ER stressors and the ER stress-mediated apoptotic cell death pathway was accessed. Upon treatment, we found increased glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) levels and caspase-4 activation (ER stress markers) which were more pronounced in AD cybrids. Treated AD cybrids also exhibited decreased cell survival as well as increased caspase-3-like activity, poli-ADP-ribose-polymerase (PARP) levels and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL)-positive apoptotic cells. Finally, we showed that Aβ-induced caspase-3 activation in both cybrid cell lines was prevented by dantrolene, thus implicating ER Ca(2+) release in ER stress-mediated apoptosis. Our results demonstrate that mitochondrial dysfunction occurring in AD patients due to COX inhibition potentiates cell susceptibility to Aβ-induced ER stress. This study further supports the close communication between ER and mitochondria during apoptosis in AD.

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    • "Simultaneously, we found out that Aβ25-35 is able to induce mitochondrial dysfunction (Costa et al., 2012) as determined by its ability to increase ROS accumulation, whereas di-O-demethylcurcumin has the ability to reverse these events. A large number of experiments have demonstrated that Aβ25-35 plays an important role in cell apoptosis mediated by mitochondrial death pathway and ER stress pathway (Alberdi et al., 2013; Costa et al., 2012; Takuma et al., 2005). It is well known that Aβ25-35 induces mitochondria dysfunction by increasing the intracellular ROS production (Shearman et al., 1994), depolarizing the mitochondrial membrane, opening the mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP), and inducing the release of cytochrome c, which, in turn, activates caspase-3 protein which plays an important role in cell apoptosis (Budihardjo et al., 1999; Manczak et al., 2010; Zhang and Armstrong, 2007). "
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    • "Under these conditions, ER may be a source of oxidative stress [34]. Several studies established a correlation between abnormal ER function and AD progression [36] [72] and Aβ has been shown to induce ER stress both in vitro and in vivo, subsequently leading to apoptotic cell death [16] [30] [80]. Furthermore, ER dysfunction can partially account for the perturbation of Ca 2+ i homeostasis reported in AD patient's brain and peripheral cells [49]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress have been associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression. In this study we analyzed whether oxidative stress involving changes in Nrf2 and ER stress may constitute early events in AD pathogenesis by using human peripheral blood cells and an AD transgenic mouse model at different disease stages. Increased oxidative stress and increased phosphorylated Nrf2 (p(Ser40)Nrf2) were observed in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) isolated from individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Moreover, we observed impaired ER Ca(2+) homeostasis and increased ER stress markers in PBMCs from MCI individuals and mild AD patients. Evidence of early oxidative stress defense mechanisms in AD was substantiated by increased p(Ser40)Nrf2 in 3 month-old 3xTg-AD male mice PBMCs, and also with increased nuclear Nrf2 levels in brain cortex. However, SOD1 protein levels were decreased in human MCI PBMCs and in 3xTg-AD mice brain cortex; the latter further correlated with reduced SOD1 mRNA levels. Increased ER stress was also detected in the brain cortex of young female and old male 3xTg-AD mice. We demonstrate oxidative stress and early Nrf2 activation in AD human and mouse models, which fails to regulate some of its targets, leading to repressed expression of antioxidant defenses (e.g. SOD-1), and extending to ER stress. Results suggest markers of prodromal AD linked to oxidative stress associated with Nrf2 activation and ER stress that may be followed in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 04/2015; 1852(7). DOI:10.1016/j.bbadis.2015.03.015 · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    • "Moreover, cerebrovascular accumulation of Aβ in mice was shown to induce apoptotic cell death in ECs [8]. In our previous studies, we demonstrated the involvement of ER Ca 2+ release induced by different Aβ peptides in mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in cortical neurons and AD cybrids [28] [38] [70]. Thapsigarginmediated perturbation in Ca 2+ homeostasis was shown to lead to apoptosis in a cross-talk between the death receptor and mitochondrial pathways [71]. "
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