Biflavonoids Are Superior to Monoflavonoids in Inhibiting Amyloid-β Toxicity and Fibrillogenesis via Accumulation of Nontoxic Oligomer-like Structures

Department of Biomaterials Engineering, Chosun University, Gwanju 501-759, Republic of Korea.
Biochemistry (Impact Factor: 3.02). 02/2011; 50(13):2445-55. DOI: 10.1021/bi101731d
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Polymerization of monomeric amyloid-β peptides (Aβ) into soluble oligomers and insoluble fibrils is one of the major pathways triggering the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using small molecules to prevent the polymerization of Aβ peptides can, therefore, be an effective therapeutic strategy for AD. In this study, we investigate the effects of mono- and biflavonoids in Aβ42-induced toxicity and fibrillogenesis and find that the biflavonoid taiwaniaflavone (TF) effectively and specifically inhibits Aβ toxicity and fibrillogenesis. Compared to TF, the monoflavonoid apigenin (AP) is less effective and less specific. Our data show that differential effects of the mono- and biflavonoids in Aβ fibrillogenesis correlate with their varying cytoprotective efficacies. We also find that other biflavonoids, namely, 2',8''-biapigenin, amentoflavone, and sumaflavone, can also effectively inhibit Aβ toxicity and fibrillogenesis, implying that the participation of two monoflavonoids in a single biflavonoid molecule enhances their activity. Biflavonoids, while strongly inhibiting Aβ fibrillogenesis, accumulate nontoxic Aβ oligomeric structures, suggesting that these are off-pathway oligomers. Moreover, TF abrogates the toxicity of preformed Aβ oligomers and fibrils, indicating that TF and other biflavonoids may also reduce the toxicity of toxic Aβ species. Altogether, our data clearly show that biflavonoids, possibly because of the possession of two Aβ binders separated by an appropriate size linker, are likely to be promising therapeutics for suppressing Aβ toxicity.

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    • "Human amyloid proteins (Aβ) are peptides of rather 39-42 residues. Aβ40 contains 40 amino acids and Aβ42 is the major isoform in the Aβ peptides with 42 residues polypeptide chain and it is the responsible of amyloid plaques generated in Alzheimer’s disorder [15,16]. "
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    • "The accumulated species were soluble and relatively smaller in size than toxic oligomers (Figure 5A), devoid of β-sheet fibrillar form (Figures 3F and 5B) and less toxic (Figure 5C), indicating that they might not be the “on pathway” aggregates. The findings are in good agreement with those of previous studies, where polyphenol (−)-epigallocatechin gallate and taiwniaflavone were found to be effective in inhibition of fibrillogenesis of Aβ by directly binding to the unfolded polypeptides and promoted formation of unstructured and nontoxic, off pathway, stable oligomeric structures [39,45]. The K-3-rh and other related flavonoids used in the current study probably redirected the Aβ assembly in similar way to form non toxic off-pathway intermediated structure. "
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