Role of pro-inflammatory S100A9 protein in amyloid-neuroinflammatory cascade in Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Background Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex disease with a spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. Over the past decade TBI has become the focus of research due to growing epidemiological and clinical evidences that TBI incidences are strong risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Major pathological hallmarks of AD are massive accumulations of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) toxic oligomers and plaques. Neuroinflammation is also considered as a common denominator in AD and aging. The epidemiological and experimental studies have supported that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs markedly reduce the age-related prevalence of AD and can slow amyloid deposition by mechanisms that still remain elusive. S100A9 is a multifunctional cytokine with diverse roles in the cell signaling pathways associated with inflammation and cancers. A widespread expression of S100A9 was also reported in many other ailments involving inflammatory processes, such as AD, malaria, cerebral ischemia and TBI, implying that S100A9 may be a universal biomarker of inflammation. The distinctive feature of S100A9 compared to other pro-inflammatory cytokines is its ability to self-assemble into amyloids, which may lead to the loss of its signaling functions and acquired amyloid cytotoxicity, exceeding that of Aβ.
Methods S100A9 properties was studied under various ex vivo and in vitro conditions. First, human and mouse tissues with TBI and AD were subjected to microscopic, immunohistochemical and immunofluorescent techniques. Then, aged mouse treated with native, oligomeric and fibrillary S100A9 was also studied by using behavioral and neurochemical analysis. Moreover, S100A9 was established as a biomarker of dementia progression and compared with others such as Aβ42 and tau proteins, by studying cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from different stages of dementia. Finally, in vitro experiments on S100A9 amyloidogenesis, co-aggregation with Aβ40 and Aβ42, digestion and cytotoxicity were also performed by using spectroscopic, atomic force microscopy and cell biology methods.
Results S100A9-driven amyloid-neuroinflammatory cascade serves as a link between TBI and AD. We have found that S100A9 contributes to the plaque formation and intraneuronal responses in AD, being a part of the amyloid-neuroinflammatory cascade. In TBI we have found that extensive S100A9 neuronal production and amyloid self-assembly is triggered immediately after injury, leading to apoptotic pathways and neuronal loss. S100A9 is an integral component of both TBI precursor-plaques, formed prior to Aβ deposition, and AD plaques, characterized by different degree of amyloid maturation, indicating that all plaques are associated with inflammation. Both intra- and extracellular amyloid-neuroinflammatory cascades are intertwined and showed similar tendencies in human and mouse tissues in TBI and AD. Ex vivo findings are further supported by in vitro experiments on S100A9 amyloidogenesis, digestion and cytotoxicity. Importantly, being highly amyloidogenic itself, S100A9 can trigger and aggravate Aβ amyloid self-assembly and significantly contribute to amyloid cytotoxicity. Moreover, the CSF dynamics of S100A9 levels matches very closely the content of Aβ42 in AD, vascular dementia and mild cognitive impairment due to AD, emphasizing the involvement of S100A9 together with Aβ in the amyloid-neuroinflammatory cascade in these ailments.
Conclusions The conclusions of this thesis is that the inflammatory pathways and S100A9 specifically represent a potential target for the therapeutic interventions during various post-TBI stages and far prior AD development to halt and reverse these damaging processes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University , 2016. , 31 p.
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1838
S100A9, Aβ, Alzheimer's disease, Traumatic brain injury, Amyloid, Neuroinflammatory
Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
Research subject Medical Biochemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125078ISBN: 978-91-7601-547-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-125078DiVA: diva2:957865
2016-09-30, N300, Naturvetarhuset, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
Halskau, Øyvind, Professor
Morozova-Roche, Ludmilla, ProfessorGilthorpe, Jonathan
ProjectsRole of pro-inflammatory S100A9 protein in amyloid-neuroinflammatory cascade in Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury
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