Current Alzheimer Research

Debomoy K. Lahiri  
Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Neuroscience Research Center
Indianapolis, IN 46202


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Lipid-Based Diets Improve Muscarinic Neurotransmission in the Hippocampus of Transgenic APPswe/PS1dE9 Mice

Author(s): Helena Janickova, Vladimir Rudajev, Eva Dolejsi, Hennariikka Koivisto, Jan Jakubik, Heikki Tanila, Esam E. El-Fakahany and Vladimir Dolezal

Affiliation: Institute of Physiology CAS, Department of Neurochemistry, Vídenska 1083, 14220 Prague 4, Czech Republic.


Transgenic APPswe/PS1dE9 mice modeling Alzheimer’s disease demonstrate ongoing accumulation of β-amyloid fragments resulting in formation of amyloid plaques that starts at the age of 4-5 months. Buildup of β-amyloid fragments is accompanied by impairment of muscarinic transmission that becomes detectable at this age, well before the appearance of cognitive deficits that manifest around the age of 12 months. We have recently demonstrated that long-term feeding of trangenic mice with specific isocaloric fish oil-based diets improves specific behavioral parameters. Now we report on the influence of short-term feeding (3 weeks) of three isocaloric diets supplemented with Fortasyn (containing fish oil and ingredients supporting membrane renewal), the plant sterol stigmasterol together with fish oil, and stigmasterol alone on markers of cholinergic neurotransmission in the hippocampus of 5-month-old transgenic mice and their wild-type littermates. Transgenic mice fed normal diet demostrated increase in ChAT activity and attenuation of carbachol-stimulated GTP-γ35S binding compared to wild-type mice. None of the tested diets compared to control diet influenced the activities of ChAT, AChE, BuChE, muscarinic receptor density or carbachol-stimulated GTP-γ35S binding in wild-type mice. In contrast, all experimental diets increased the potency of carbachol in stimulating GTP-γ35S binding in trangenic mice to the level found in wild-type animals. Only the Fortasyn diet increased markers of cholinergic synapses in transgenic mice. Our data demonstrate that even short-term feeding of transgenic mice with chow containing specific lipid-based dietary supplements can influence markers of cholinergic synapses and rectify impaired muscarinic signal transduction that develops in transgenic mice.

Keywords: G-protein activation, hippocampus, muscarinic neurotransmission, nutrition, omega-3 fatty acids, stigmasterol.

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Page: [923 - 931]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1567205012666151027130350
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