High-fat diet aggravates amyloid-beta and tau pathologies in the 3×Tg-AD mouse model

Article (PDF Available)inNeurobiology of aging 31(9):1516-31 · November 2008with182 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2008.08.022 · Source: PubMed
To investigate potential dietary risk factors of Alzheimer's disease (AD), triple transgenic (3xTg-AD) mice were exposed from 4 to 13 months of age to diets with a low n-3:n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) ratio incorporated in either low-fat (5% w/w) or high-fat (35% w/w) formulas and compared with a control diet. The n-3:n-6 PUFA ratio was decreased independently of the dietary treatments in the frontal cortex of 3xTg-AD mice compared to non-transgenic littermates. Consumption of a high-fat diet with a low n-3:n-6 PUFA ratio increased amyloid-beta (Abeta) 40 and 42 concentrations in detergent-insoluble extracts of parieto-temporal cortex homogenates from 3xTg-AD mice. Low n-3:n-6 PUFA intake ratio increased insoluble tau regardless of total fat consumption, whereas high-fat diet incorporating a low n-3:n-6 PUFA ratio also increased soluble tau compared to controls. Moreover, the high-fat diet decreased cortical levels of the postsynaptic marker drebrin, while leaving presynaptic proteins synaptophysin, SNAP-25 and syntaxin 3 unchanged. Overall, these results suggest that high-fat consumption combined with low n-3 PUFA intake promote AD-like neuropathology.
    • "However, the relationship between imaging biomarkers and early midlife pathogenic changes leading to AD, such as obesity, has remained elusive . Since obesity-driven inflammation and metabolic impairment have been identified as important mechanisms accelerating AD pathogenesis and functional impairment [9][10][11][12][13], they may represent potential early-stage imaging markers of cognitive decline and AD risk. Neuroinflammation has been identified as a contributor to both the initiation and progression of AD. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background Obesity has been identified as a risk factor for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of obesity on neuroinflammation and cerebral glucose metabolism using PET in a mouse model of β-amyloidosis and determine the relationship between these PET imaging biomarkers, pathogenic changes, and functional outcomes. Methods Three-month-old C57BL/J6 mice were fed either a standard (control group) or high-fat diet (obese group) for 3 months and intracerebroventricularly infused with vehicle or human beta amyloid 1-42 (Aβ42). We assessed obesity-induced abnormalities in peripheral metabolic indices including adiposity, fasting glucose, and glucose tolerance. Brain glucose metabolism was assessed by 18F-FDG PET, and glial activation was assessed using the translocator protein (TSPO) ligand 11C-PBR-28. TSPO expression was confirmed by immunohistochemistry of brain sections obtained from scanned mice. The association between inflammatory state and 11C-PBR-28 PET signals was characterized by examination of the cytokine expression profile in both the serum and hippocampus by antibody array. Learning and memory performance was assessed in the object recognition task, and anxiety-related behavior was assessed in the elevated plus maze. ResultsObesity combined with Aβ infusion promoted neuroinflammation and cerebral hypermetabolism, and these signals were significant predictors of learning and memory performance in the object recognition task. In vivo TSPO signals were associated with inflammatory markers including CXCL1, CXCL2, CXCL12, CCL3, CCL5, TIMP-1, G-CSF, sICAM-1, and IL-1ra. Conclusions In vivo cerebral metabolism and TSPO signals indicate that obesity can accelerate amyloid-induced inflammation and associated cognitive decline.
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    • "Thus, surprisingly , the significant increase in body weight in the HF groups of mice does not affect speed of movement (Leamy et al., 2009; Zhang and Gershenfeld, 2003), although there is a trend for this group to move the slowest of all, compared to the other diets. While the finding that diets high in fat content have a negative influence on cognition (both in social recognition and water maze) in both the WT and Tg animals was not unexpected (Julien et al., 2010; Kesby et al., 2015; Levin-Allerhand et al., 2002; Maesako et al., 2012; Petrov et al., 2015 ), one should keep in mind that previous studies have indicated that the high-fat induced memory impairments are not necessarily directly related to the Aβ load in Tg AD model mice (El Akoum et al., 2011; Knight et al., 2014 ). Our data, similarly, do not show a HF diet increase in Aβ load in the hippocampus, while we do see cognitive deficits . "
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