Mitochondrial Cholesterol Loading Exacerbates Amyloid Peptide-Induced Inflammation and Neurotoxicity

ArticleinThe Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 29(20):6394-405 · June 2009with10 Reads
DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4909-08.2009 · Source: PubMed
The role of cholesterol in Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been linked to the generation of toxic amyloid beta peptides (Abeta). Using genetic mouse models of cholesterol loading, we examined whether mitochondrial cholesterol regulates Abeta neurotoxicity and AD pathology. Isolated mitochondria from brain or cortical neurons of transgenic mice overexpressing SREBP-2 (sterol regulatory element binding protein 2) or NPC1 (Niemann-Pick type C1) knock-out mice exhibited mitochondrial cholesterol accumulation, mitochondrial glutathione (mGSH) depletion and increased susceptibility to Abeta1-42-induced oxidative stress and release of apoptogenic proteins. Similar findings were observed in pharmacologically GSH-restricted rat brain mitochondria, while selective mGSH depletion sensitized human neuronal and glial cell lines to Abeta1-42-mediated cell death. Intracerebroventricular human Abeta delivery colocalized with mitochondria resulting in oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and neuronal damage that were enhanced in Tg-SREBP-2 mice and prevented upon mGSH recovery by GSH ethyl ester coinfusion, with a similar protection observed by intraperitoneal administration of GSH ethyl ester. Finally, APP/PS1 (amyloid precursor protein/presenilin 1) mice, a transgenic AD mouse model, exhibited mitochondrial cholesterol loading and mGSH depletion. Thus, mitochondrial cholesterol accumulation emerges as a novel pathogenic factor in AD by modulating Abeta toxicity via mGSH regulation; strategies boosting the particular pool of mGSH may be of relevance to slow down disease progression.
    • "The effects of AB and cholesterol application on P and PS levels were determined with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) [59, 60] . The passing of cholesterol into the cells was confirmed by determining total cholesterol in the cells and culture media every 24 h over a 72-h period [61, 62]. To obtain confluency, PC-12 and SH-SY5Y cells were placed in 6-well plates at densities of 2x10 6 and 1x10 6 , respectively. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Increased amyloid beta (AB) peptide concentration is one of the initiating factors in the neurodegeneration process. It has been suggested that cholesterol induces the synthesis of AB peptide from amyloid precursor protein or facilitates the formation of amyloid plaque by lowering the aggregation threshold of the peptide. It is also shown that AB peptides may affect cholesterol metabolism and the synthesis of steroid hormones such as progesterone and estradiol. Pregnenolone (P) and pregnenolone sulfate (PS) are the major steroids produced from cholesterol in neural tissue. In toxicity conditions, the effect of AB peptides on P and PS levels has not yet been determined. Furthermore, it has not been clearly defined how changes in cellular P and PS levels affect neuronal cell survival. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of AB peptides on cellular changes in P and PS levels depending on the level of their main precursor, cholesterol. Cholesterol and toxic concentrations of AB fragments (AB 25-35, AB 1-40 and AB 1-42) were applied to PC-12 and SH-SY5Y cells. Changes in cellular cholesterol, P and PS levels were determined simultaneously in a dose-and time-dependent manner. The cell viability and cell death types were also evaluated. AB peptides affected both cell viability and P/PS levels. Steroid levels were altered depending on AB fragment type and the cholesterol content of the cells. Treatment with each of the AB fragments alone increased P levels by twofold. However, combined treatment with AB peptides and cholesterol increased P levels by approximately sixfold, while PS levels were increased only about 2.5 fold in both cell lines. P levels in the groups treated with AB 25-35 were higher than those in AB 1-40 and AB 1-42 groups. The cell viabilities were significantly low in the group treated by AB and cholesterol (9 mM). The effect of AB peptides on P levels might be a result of cellular self-defense. On the other hand, the rate of P increase might be playing a key role in the cell death mechanism of AB toxicity depending on cellular cholesterol levels.
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    • "Neuronal organelles where cholesterol might exert toxic actions include the endoplasmic reticulum (Feng et al., 2003; F. Djelti, J. Braudeau, E. Hudry, M. Dhenain, J. Varin, I. Bi eche, C. Marquer, F. Chali, S. Ayciriex, N. Auzeil, S. Alves, D. Langui, M.C. Potier, O. Laprevote, M. Vidaud, C. Duyckaerts, R. Miles, P. Aubourg & N. Cartier, unpublished data) and mitochondria (Celsi et al., 2009; Fern andez et al., 2009). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Elevations in neuronal cholesterol have been associated with several degenerative diseases. An enhanced excitability and synchronous firing in surviving neurons are among the sequels of neuronal death in these diseases and also in some epileptic syndromes. Here, we attempted to increase neuronal cholesterol levels, using a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) to suppress expression of the enzyme CYP46A1. This protein hydroxylates cholesterol and so facilitates trans-membrane extrusion. A sh-RNA CYP46A1construction coupled to an adeno-associated virus (AAV5) was injected focally and unilaterally into mouse hippocampus. It was selectively expressed first in neurons of the CA3a region. Cytoplasmic and membrane cholesterol increased, neuronal soma volume increased and then decreased before pyramidal cells died. As CA3a pyramidal cells died, inter-ictal EEG events occurred during exploration and non-REM sleep. With time, neuronal death spread to involve pyramidal cells and interneurons of the CA1 region. CA1 neuronal death was correlated with a delayed local expression of phosphorylated tau. Astrocytes were activated throughout the hippocampus and microglial activation was specific to regions of neuronal death. CA1 neuronal death was correlated with distinct aberrant EEG activity. During exploratory behaviour and rapid eye movement sleep, EEG oscillations at 7-10 Hz (theta) could accelerate to 14-21 Hz (beta) waves. They were accompanied by low amplitude, high-frequency oscillations of peak power at ~300Hz and a range of 250-350 Hz. While episodes of EEG acceleration were not correlated with changes in exploratory behaviour, they were followed in some animals by structured seizure-like discharges. These data strengthen links between increased cholesterol, neuronal sclerosis and epileptic behavior. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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    • "Mitochondria isolated from cortical neurons of mice with enhanced cholesterol accumulation obtained by genetic manipulations: overexpression of SREBP-2, a sterol regulatory element binding protein 2 or Niemann–Pick type C1 knockout, showed a decrease in mGSH content and high susceptibility to Aβ-induced oxidative stress (Fernandez et al., 2009 ). In turn, selective mGSH depletion sensitized human neuronal and glial cell lines to Aβ-mediated cell death (Fernandez et al., 2009). Mitochondrial GSH depletion in SREBP-2-overexpressing APP/PS1 mice, an AD model, was shown to be subsequent to early mitochondrial cholesterol loading (Barbero-Camps et al., 2013). "
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