Halagappa VK, Guo Z, Pearson M, Matsuoka Y, Cutler RG, Laferla FM et al.. Intermittent fasting and caloric restriction ameliorate age-related behavioral deficits in the triple-transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiol Dis 26: 212-220

Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA.
Neurobiology of Disease (Impact Factor: 5.08). 05/2007; 26(1):212-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.nbd.2006.12.019
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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive decline in cognitive function associated with the neuropathological hallmarks amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Because aging is the major risk factor for AD, and dietary energy restriction can retard aging processes in the brain, we tested the hypothesis that two different energy restriction regimens, 40% calorie restriction (CR) and intermittent fasting (IF) can protect against cognitive decline in the triple-transgenic mouse model of AD (3xTgAD mice). Groups of 3xTgAD mice were maintained on an ad libitum control diet, or CR or IF diets, beginning at 3 months of age. Half of the mice in each diet group were subjected to behavioral testing (Morris swim task and open field apparatus) at 10 months of age and the other half at 17 months of age. At 10 months 3xTgAD mice on the control diet exhibited reduced exploratory activity compared to non-transgenic mice and to 3xTgAD mice on CR and IF diets. Overall, there were no major differences in performance in the water maze among genotypes or diets in 10-month-old mice. In 17-month-old 3xTgAD mice the CR and IF groups exhibited higher levels of exploratory behavior, and performed better in both the goal latency and probe trials of the swim task, compared to 3xTgAD mice on the control diet. 3xTgAD mice in the CR group showed lower levels of Abeta1-40, Abeta1-42 and phospho-tau in the hippocampus compared to the control diet group, whereas Abeta and phospho-tau levels were not decreased in 3xTgAD mice in the IF group. IF may therefore protect neurons against adverse effects of Abeta and tau pathologies on synaptic function. We conclude that CR and IF dietary regimens can ameliorate age-related deficits in cognitive function by mechanisms that may or may not be related to Abeta and tau pathologies.

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    • "Given that 129S6 mice naturally have high anxiety and low activity levels, which can lead to poor performance in behavioral tests such as passive avoidance or the Barnes maze, we selected tests that are minimally invasive and stressful[34,57585960. Fourth, we omitted tests involving food restriction, since this can influence Aβ levels and cognitive performance in mouse AD models[61,62]. All tests were conducted in order of increasing invasiveness, with exception of the Y-maze continuous alternation test. "
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    • "Accordingly, we found that the activation of gene sets related to brain aging and to AD in SAMP8 astrocytes reverted to control values under CR treatment. In the fight against AD, CR may have additional effects by decreasing amyloid and tau pathologies (Halagappa et al., 2007). Some of these beneficial effects of CR are at least partially mediated through activation of the sirtuin family gene SIRT1 in neurons (Qin et al., 2006). "
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    • "IF decreases levels of circulating leptin and increases levels of adiponectin, changes associated with improved energy metabolism and cardioprotection (Wan et al., 2010; Hui et al., 2012). IF can also increase neurotrophic factor signaling in brain cells, which may contribute to its abilities to enhance hippocampal neurogenesis (Lee et al., 2002) and protect neurons against oxidative and metabolic stress in animal models of Parkinson's disease (Duan and Mattson, 1999), Huntington's disease (Duan et al., 2003), Alzheimer's disease (Halagappa et al., 2007) and stroke (Yu and Mattson, 1999; Arumugam et al., 2010). There is considerable evidence from the historical record, self-reports , interviews and case studies that IF improves health and can counteract disease processes. "
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