Amyloid-β oligomers induce synaptic damage via Tau-dependent microtubule severing by TTLL6 and spastin

ArticleinThe EMBO Journal 32(22) · September 2013with50 Reads
DOI: 10.1038/emboj.2013.207 · Source: PubMed
Mislocalization and aggregation of Aβ and Tau combined with loss of synapses and microtubules (MTs) are hallmarks of Alzheimer disease. We exposed mature primary neurons to Aβ oligomers and analysed changes in the Tau/MT system. MT breakdown occurs in dendrites invaded by Tau (Tau missorting) and is mediated by spastin, an MT-severing enzyme. Spastin is recruited by MT polyglutamylation, induced by Tau missorting triggered translocalization of TTLL6 (Tubulin-Tyrosine-Ligase-Like-6) into dendrites. Consequences are spine loss and mitochondria and neurofilament mislocalization. Missorted Tau is not axonally derived, as shown by axonal retention of photoconvertible Dendra2-Tau, but newly synthesized. Recovery from Aβ insult occurs after Aβ oligomers lose their toxicity and requires the kinase MARK (Microtubule-Affinity-Regulating-Kinase). In neurons derived from Tau-knockout mice, MTs and synapses are resistant to Aβ toxicity because TTLL6 mislocalization and MT polyglutamylation are prevented; hence no spastin recruitment and no MT breakdown occur, enabling faster recovery. Reintroduction of Tau re-establishes Aβ-induced toxicity in TauKO neurons, which requires phosphorylation of Tau's KXGS motifs. Transgenic mice overexpressing Tau show TTLL6 translocalization into dendrites and decreased MT stability. The results provide a rationale for MT stabilization as a therapeutic approach.
    • "Hyperphosphorylated-tau is released from axons and aggregates in the soma and dendrites of neurons [39]. Such somato-dendritic accumulation of tau has been suggested to underlie the toxic effects of Aβ [28, 38,[40][41][42] . Interestingly, similar somato-dendritic accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau has been shown in AICD-Tg mice [16]. "
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    • "For example, abnormal tau, either in the form of soluble protein or in the form of abnormal filaments, is known to produce toxicity that could theoretically contribute to microtubule loss via Tau's phosphatase-activating domain (Kanaan et al., 2012). When tau abnormally enters dendrites during Alzheimer's disease, recent evidence suggests that dendritic microtubules degrade because they become more polyglutamylated and hence more sensitive to spastin (Zempel et al., 2013). Loss-of-function and gain-of-function mechanisms may apply to various neurodegenerative disorders in which loss of microtubule mass or a change in microtubule dynamics or stability has been observed, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, Parkinson's disease, and others (Fanara et al., 2007; Solowska et al., 2014; Coyne et al., 2014; Cappelletti et al., 2015). "
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