Putative Involvement of Endocrine Disruptors in the Alzheimer's Disease Via the Insulin-Regulated Aminopeptidase/GLUT4 Pathway

Author(s): María Jesús Ramírez-Expósito, Jose Manuel Martínez-Martos, Vanesa Cantón-Habas, María del Pilar Carrera-González*

Journal Name: Current Neuropharmacology

Volume 19 , Issue 7 , 2021

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It has been well established that there is a connection between type II diabetes (DMTII) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In fact, the increase in AD incidence may be an emerging complication of DMTII. Both pathologies are related to estradiol (E2) exposure; on the one hand, estrogen receptors (ER) are emerging as important modulators of glucose homeostasis through ß-pancreatic cell function; on the other hand, brain bioenergetic and cognitive deficits have been related to the down regulation of brain ERs, contributing to women ageing and AD susceptibility, both related to the reduction in estradiol levels and the deficits in brain metabolism. Here we discuss that environmental contaminants with estrogenic capacity such as bisphenol A (BPA) could develop pharmacological effects similar to those of E2, which could affect ß-pancreatic cell function by increasing the biosynthesis of glucose-induced insulin after extranuclear ER binding. BPA-induced hyperinsulinemia would promote the translocation of glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4), which is located next to insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) in intracellular vesicles. In insulin-responsive tissues, IRAP and GLUT 4 are routed together to the cell surface after insulin stimulation. IRAP is also the angiotensin IV (AngIV) receptor, and AngIV associates the brain renin-angiotensin system (bRAS) with AD, since AngIV is related to learning, memory, emotional responses, and processing of sensory information not only through its inhibitory effect on IRAP but also through the stimulation of glucose uptake by increasing the presence of IRAP/GLUT4 at the cell surface. Thus, the IRAP/GLUT4 pathway is an emerging target for pharmacological intervention against AD.

Keywords: Alzheimer's Disease, estrogens, endocrine disruptors, diabetes, insulin-regulated aminopeptidase, glucose transporter 4.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 10 November, 2020
Page: [939 - 956]
Pages: 18
DOI: 10.2174/1570159X18666201111103024
Price: $65

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