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Potential pathogenic role of beta-amyloid(1-42)-aluminum complex in Alzheimer's disease

Drago, D., Bettella, M., Bolognin, S., Cendron, L., Scancar, J., Milacic, R., Ricchelli, F., Casini, A., Messori, L., Tognon, G. & Zatta, P., 2008, In : International journal of biochemistry & cell biology. 40, 4, p. 731-746 16 p.

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  • Denise Drago
  • Mikol Bettella
  • Silvia Bolognin
  • Laura Cendron
  • Janez Scancar
  • Radmila Milacic
  • Fernanda Ricchelli
  • Angela Casini
  • Luigi Messori
  • Giuseppe Tognon
  • Paolo Zatta

The etiopathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease is far from being clearly understood. However, the involvement of metal ions as a potential key factor towards conformational modifications and aggregation of amyloid is widely recognized. The aim of the present study is to shed some light on the relationship between metal ions, amyloid conformation/aggregation, and their potential relationship with the conformational aspects of AD. We compare the effects of beta-amyloid(1-42) and its various metal complexes (beta-amyloid-Al, beta-amyloid-Zn, beta-amyloid-Cu, beta-amyloid-Fe) in human neuroblastoma cells in terms of cell viability, membrane structure properties, and cell morphology. No significant toxic effects were observed in neuroblastoma cells after 24 It treatment both with P-amyloid and P-amyloid-metals (beta-amyloid-Zn, beta-amyloid-Cu, beta-amyloid-Fe); on the other hand, there was a marked reduction of cellular viability after treatment with beta-amyloid-Al complex. In addition, treatment with beta-amyloid-Al increased membrane fluidity much more than other beta-amyloid-metal complexes, whose contribution was negligible. Furthermore, the cellular morphology, as observed by electron microscopy, was deeply altered by beta-amyloid-Al. Importantly, P-amyloid-Al toxicity is closely and significantly associated with a great difference in the structure/aggregation of this complex with respect to that of beta-amyloid alone and other beta-amyloid-metal complexes. In addition, beta-amyloid, as a consequence of Al binding, becomes strongly hydrophobic in character. These findings show a significant involvement of Al, compared to the other metal ions used in our experiments, in promoting a specific beta-amyloid(1-42) aggregation, which is able to produce marked toxic effects on neuroblastoma. cells, as clearly demonstrated for the first time in this study. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-746
Number of pages16
JournalInternational journal of biochemistry & cell biology
Volume40
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • Alzheimer, aluminum, metal ions, membranes, neuroblastoma, fibrils, AMYLOID-BETA-PROTEIN, METAL-BINDING, IN-VITRO, A-BETA, AGGREGATION PROPERTIES, NEUROBLASTOMA-CELLS, NEURONAL CELLS, PRION PROTEIN, ALUMINUM, PEPTIDES

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