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Heme oxygenase-1 protects against Alzheimer’s amyloid-β1-42 induced toxicity via carbon monoxide production

Hettiarachchi, N. T., Dallas, M., Al-Owais, M. M., Griffiths, H. H., Hooper, N. M., Scragg, J. L., Boyle, J. P. and Peers, C. (2014) Heme oxygenase-1 protects against Alzheimer’s amyloid-β1-42 induced toxicity via carbon monoxide production. Cell Death and Disease. e1569. ISSN 1350-9047

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1038/cddis.2014.529

Abstract/Summary

Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an inducible enzyme up-regulated in Alzheimer‟s disease (AD), catabolises heme to biliverdin, Fe2+ and carbon monoxide (CO). CO can protect neurones from oxidative stress-induced apoptosis by inhibiting Kv2.1 channels, which mediate cellular K+ efflux as an early step in the apoptotic cascade. Since apoptosis contributes to the neuronal loss associated with amyloid β peptide (Aβ) toxicity in AD, we investigated the protective effects of HO-1 and CO against Aβ1-42 toxicity in SH-SY5Y cells, employing cells stably transfected with empty vector or expressing the cellular prion protein, PrPc, and rat primary hippocampal neurons. Aβ1-42 (containing protofibrils) caused a concentrationdependent decrease in cell viability, attributable at least in part to induction of apoptosis, with the PrPc expressing cells showing greater susceptibility to Aβ1-42 toxicity. Pharmacological induction or genetic over-expression of HO-1 significantly ameliorated the effects of Aβ1-42. The CO-donor CORM-2 protected cells against Aβ1-42 toxicity in a concentration-dependent manner. Electrophysiological studies revealed no differences in the outward current pre- and post-Aβ1-42 treatment suggesting that K+ channel activity is unaffected in these cells. Instead, Aβ toxicity was reduced by the L-type Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine, and by the CaMKKII inhibitor, STO-609. Aβ also activated the downstream kinase, AMP-dependent protein kinase (AMPK). CO prevented this activation of AMPK. Our findings indicate that HO-1 protects against Aβ toxicity via production of CO. Protection does not arise from inhibition of apoptosis-associated K+ efflux, but rather by inhibition of AMPK activation, which has been recently implicated in the toxic effects of Aβ. These data provide a novel, beneficial effect of CO which adds to its growing potential as a therapeutic agent.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Division of Pharmacology
ID Code:38412
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group

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