Intake of Sucrose-sweetened Water Induces Insulin Resistance and Exacerbates Memory Deficits and Amyloidosis in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer Disease

Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 01/2008; 282(50):36275-82. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M703561200
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Compelling evidence indicates that excess consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages plays an important role in the epidemic of obesity, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been associated with a higher incidence of Alzheimer disease (AD). High fat diets promote AD-like pathology in mice. It is not known whether consumption of excess sugar as in calorically sweetened beverages with an otherwise normal diet affects the development of AD. In the present study, we provided 10% sucrose-sweetened water to a transgenic mouse model of AD with a normal rodent diet. Compared with the control mice with no sucrose added in the water, the sucrose group gained more body weight and developed glucose intolerance, hyperinsulinemia, and hypercholesterolemia. These metabolic changes were associated with the exacerbation of memory impairment and a 2-3-fold increase in insoluble amyloid-beta protein levels and deposition in the brain. We further showed that the levels of expression and secretase-cleaved products of amyloid-beta precursor protein were not affected by sucrose intake. The steady-state levels of insulin-degrading enzyme did not change significantly, whereas there was a 2.5-fold increase in brain apoE levels. Therefore, we concluded that the up-regulation of apoE accelerated the aggregation of Abeta, resulting in the exacerbation of cerebral amyloidosis in sucrose-treated mice. These data underscore the potential role of dietary sugar in the pathogenesis of AD and suggest that controlling the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages may be an effective way to curtail the risk of developing AD.

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    • "ch can further hinder cerebral MRglu and cognitive function . The MWM is a classic task for assessing hippocampal - dependent spatial memory ( Bromley - Brits et al . , 2011 ) . Longer escape times during the training phase of the MWM in HFD - treated Tg 2576 mice and sucrose - treated APP / PS1 AD mice are associated with an increased Ab burden ( Cao et al . , 2007 ) . We found no difference in the escape latencies between NCD AD and HFSTZ AD mice during the training phase of the MWM , suggesting that this task is not sufficiently sensitive to detect an impact of HFSTZ treatment on the hippocampus - dependent learning and memory during the early stage of APP / PS1 mice ( Chen et al . , 2012 ) ."
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    • "We did not conduct a cued-platform control task for several reasons. First, we and others have already shown that the APP/PSEN1 mice have robust spatial learning impairments in the water maze but are unimpaired on the non-spatial cued control task (Bernardo et al., 2007; Cao et al., 2007; Cohen et al., 2009; Harrison et al., 2009b; Harrison et al., 2010; Lewis et al., 2010). Second, the transgenics also exhibit deficits in cognitive flexibility (Arrazola et al., 2009; Reiserer et al., 2007; Toledo and Inestrosa, 2010), a putatively frontally-mediated cognitive process involved in, e.g., switching learning modalities from cued to spatial. "
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