ABSTRACT: Activation of the α-secretase processing pathway of amyloid precursor protein (APP) is recognized as an important mechanism which diverts APP processing from production of beta-amyloid (Aβ) to non toxic sAPPα, decreasing Alzheimer's disease (AD) plaque formation and AD-associated cognitive deficits. Two potent classes of PKC modulators can activate the α-secretase pathway, the benzo/indolactams and bryostatin/bryologues. While both modulate PKC-dependent APP processing, no direct comparisons of their relative pharmacological potencies have been accomplished which could assist in the development of AD therapies. In this study, we measured the activation of α-secretase APP processing and PKC-α, -δ, and -ε induced by the benzolactam-APP modulator TPPB and bryostatin-1 in the neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y which expresses APP and α- and β-secretase processing mechanisms. Bryostatin-1 produced a more rapid, potent, and sustained activation of α-secretase APP processing than TPPB and selectively activated PKC-δ and PKC-ε. Although TPPB also activated α-secretase, its potency was approximately 10- to 100-fold lower, possibly reflecting lower PKC-δ and -ε activation. Because bryostatin-1 is a highly potent PKC-δ and -ε activator which activates α-secretase APP processing, further characterization of bryostatin-1/bryologues may help refine their use as important tools for the clinical management of AD.
Journal of Molecular Neuroscience 06/2012; 48(1):234-44. · 2.50 Impact Factor