Amphiphysin-1 protein level changes associated with tau-mediated neurodegeneration

Departments of aBiology bChemistry cProtein Mass Spectrometry Core Facility, College of Natural Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico dPathology and Laboratory Medicine, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Neuropathological Core Facility, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia eThe Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences, Geriatric Psychiatry Program, and Cellular and Molecular Neuropathology Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Neuroreport (Impact Factor: 1.52). 09/2012; 23(16):942-946. DOI: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32835982ce
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Tauopathies are a family of neurodegenerative diseases that have the pathological hallmark of intraneuronal accumulation of filaments composed of hyperphosphorylated tau proteins that tend to aggregate in an ultrastructure known as neurofibrillary tangles. The identification of mutations on the tau gene in familial cases of tauopathies underscores the pathological role of the tau protein. However, the molecular process that underlines tau-mediated neurodegeneration is not understood. Here, a proteomics approach was used to identify proteins that may be affected during the course of tau-mediated neurodegeneration in the tauopathy mouse model JNPL3. The JNPL3 mice express human tau proteins bearing a P301L mutation, which mimics the neurodegenerative process observed in humans with tauopathy. The results showed that the protein amphiphysin-1 (AMPH1) is significantly reduced in terminally ill JNPL3 mice. Specifically, the AMPH1 protein level is reduced in brain regions known to accumulate aggregates of hyperphosphorylated tau proteins. The AMPH1 protein reduction was validated in Alzheimer's disease cases. Taken together, the results suggest that the reduction of the AMPH1 protein level is a molecular event associated with the progression of tau-mediated neurodegeneration.

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    • "In AMPH1 knockout mice, decreased synaptic vesicle recycling efficiency and cognitive deficits has been observed [84]. In a recent study, AMPH1 level is found to be reduced in AD brain regions known to accumulate aggregates of hyperphosphorylated tau proteins [85]. Further, stimulated neurons are also shown to abnormally accumulate amphiphysin, at the membrane during Aβ treatment [86]. "
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    • "These antibodies are indicative of an actual pathological event thus serving as molecular diagnostic tools. The reduction of AMPH1 protein abundance in JNPL3 mice (De Jesus-Cortes et al., 2012) suggests a putative role in the pathobiology of tau-mediated neurodegeneration. Based on the fact that auto-AMPH1 antibodies are used as diagnostic tool in SPS, we set to study the presence of auto-AMPH1 antibodies in the serum of JNPL3 mice, using recombinant AMPH1 as “bait.” "
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