Navigation Links
Elevated levels of copper in amyloid plaques associated with neurodegeneration in mouse models of AD
Date:8/21/2013

Amsterdam, NL, 21 August 2013 Metals such as iron, copper, and zinc are important for many biological processes. In recent years, studies have shown that these nutritionally-essential metals are elevated in human Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains and some animal models of AD. Scientists are now exploring whether these metals are causing the neurodegeneration seen in AD or are indicative of other ongoing pathologic processes.

In a new study, investigators used synchrotron x-ray fluorescence microscopy to image metal ions in the brain, focusing on the amyloid plaques that are the hallmark of AD. They found that, in two AD mouse models that exhibit neurodegeneration, the plaques contained about 25% more copper than an AD mouse model that shows little neurodegeneration. Looking at other metals, they found that none of the mouse models had significant increases in iron and very little increases in zinc. Metal content was not related to the age of the plaque. The study is reported in the current issue of Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging.

"Since excess copper should not be 'free' in the brain to bind to the plaques, these data suggest that the cellular control of copper is altered in AD, which may lead to toxic reactions between free copper ions and neurons," comments lead investigator Lisa M. Miller, PhD, a biophysical chemist in the Photon Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In previous work, Dr. Miller's group found very high levels of copper in human AD plaques.

Since elevated iron in the AD brain is well documented in both human brains and AD mouse models, the researchers measured iron content in the cortex of all three mouse models. They found that iron content was doubled in all AD mouse model cortices compared to controls, whether or not the models showed neurodegeneration. Upon further investigation, spectroscopic data revealed that the excess iron was present in the ferric (oxidized) state and consistent with the iron storage protein ferritin. "The increase in iron may be a reflection of changes in metalloprotein content and metal storage within the brain that is not well understood," says Dr. Miller.

Nevertheless, since iron in ferromagnetic and detectable through MRI, Dr. Miller suggests that in the future iron may be used as a biomarker for AD at early stages of disease, even before plaques are formed.


'/>"/>

Contact: Esther Mateike
e.mateike@iospress.nl
31-206-883-355
IOS Press
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Elevated carbon dioxide making arid regions greener
2. Study links chemicals widely found in plastics and processed food to elevated blood pressure in children and teens
3. Women with HIV shown to have elevated resting energy expenditure
4. Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earths carbon dioxide levels
5. Fear factor: Missing brain enzyme leads to abnormal levels of fear in mice, reveals new research
6. Low levels of toxic proteins linked to brain diseases, study suggests
7. Research shows Vitamin D levels drop after pediatric heart surgery, increasing sickness
8. Study shows probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 significantly increased vitamin D levels
9. Exposure to high pollution levels during pregnancy may increase risk of having child with autism
10. Obese male mice father offspring with higher levels of body fat
11. Epigenetic changes mediated by homocysteine levels in plasma may point to schizophrenia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/20/2017)... HANOVER, Germany , March 20, 2017 At ... Hamburg -based biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG. The Chancellor came to the ... Japan is this year,s CeBIT partner country. At the largest ... important biometrics in use: fingerprint, face and iris recognition as well as ... ...
(Date:3/16/2017)... 16, 2017 CeBIT 2017 - Against identity fraud with DERMALOG solutions ... ... Used combined in one project, multi-biometric solutions provide a crucial contribution against ... Used combined in one project, ... ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... March 9, 2017 4Dx has publicly released ... Imaging Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania. Founder and ... deliver the latest data to world leaders in lung ... together leaders at the forefront of the industry to ... "The quality of the imaging is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Franz Inc ., an ... tools, and market leader for Semantic Graph Database technology, today announced ... the most effective system for developing and deploying applications to solve the challenges ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... , April 25, 2017 ... has licensed its novel immune-modulating technology to an undisclosed ... and allergy. Tregitopes, pronounced T·rej·itopes, are ... immunoglobulin by EpiVax CEO Annie De Groot ... intravenous immunoglobulin G, an autoimmune disease therapy, Tregitopes ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... Services and Metrology Partners.     , Covalent’s Analytical Services unit provides high-quality ... can be measured within 24 hours of receipt. There are no price premiums, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... denaturation in a cellular milieu; however, the broad application of this cellular target ... platforms with sensitive quantitative readouts. Cell-based thermal stabilization assays are valuable methods for ...
Breaking Biology Technology: