Genetically augmenting Abeta42 levels in skeletal muscle exacerbates inclusion body myositis-like pathology and motor deficits in transgenic mice

Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, 1109 Gillespie Neuroscience Facility, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-4545, USA.
American Journal Of Pathology (Impact Factor: 4.59). 07/2006; 168(6):1986-97. DOI: 10.2353/ajpath.2006.051232
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The pathogenic basis of inclusion body myositis (IBM), the leading muscle degenerative disease afflicting the elderly, is unknown, although the histopathological features are remarkably similar to those observed in Alzheimer's disease. One leading hypothesis is that the buildup of amyloid-beta (Abeta) peptide within selective skeletal muscle fibers contributes to the degenerative phenotype. Abeta is a small peptide derived via endoproteolysis of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). To determine the pathogenic effect of augmenting Abeta42 levels in skeletal muscle, we used a genetic approach to replace the endogenous wild-type presenilin-1 (PS1) allele with the PS1(M146V) allele in MCK-APP mice. Although APP transgene expression was unaltered, Abeta levels, particularly Abeta42, were elevated in skeletal muscle of the double transgenic (MCK-APP/PS1) mice compared to the parental MCK-APP line. Elevated phospho-tau accumulation was found in the MCK-APP/PS1 mice, and the greater activation of GSK-3beta and cdk5 were observed. Other IBM-like pathological features, such as inclusion bodies and inflammatory infiltrates, were more severe and prominent in the MCK-APP/PS1 mice. Motor coordination and balance were more adversely affected and manifested at an earlier age in the MCK-APP/PS1 mice. The data presented here provide experimental evidence that Abeta42 plays a proximal and critical role in the muscle degenerative process.

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    • "Biopsy analysis of the diseased tissue shows vacuolated muscle fibers containing deposits of ubiquitin-positive aggregates of misfolded proteins, including Aβ and phosphorylated tau, which display amyloid signatures, together with remarkable inflammation, similar to AD and other neurodegenerative pathologies [13], [14]. The importance of Aβ levels for disease development and progression of muscle degeneration was also supported by a study on transgenic mice engineered so as to produce increased amounts of Aβ42 in the muscle tissue [15]. "
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    • "There is also an increase in APP RNA, thus suggesting that transcriptional activity is altered[90]. Consequently, there is an accumulation of A in affected muscle fibers of patients suffering inclusion body myositis; the predominant species is A42, in the form of the more toxic oligomers[9,75,104]Further evidence supporting the role of A42 in the development of inclusion body myositis is the finding that the muscle weakening phenotype is highly correlated with increasing amounts of this peptide[53]. A oligomers are observed neither in control muscle biopsies[73]nor in neurons in Alzheimer's disease[88]. "
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