Navigation Links
Novel herbal compound offers potential to prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease
Date:2/15/2013

Amsterdam, NL, February 15, 2013 Administration of the active compound tetrahydroxystilbene glucoside (TSG) derived from the Chinese herbal medicine Polygonum multiflorum Thunb, reversed both overexpression of α-synuclein, a small protein found in the brain, and its accumulation using a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. These results, which may shed light on the neuropathology of AD and open up new avenues of treatment, are available in the current issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

Aberrant accumulation of α-synuclein can form insoluble aggregates that have been implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Researchers have now found that overexpression of α-synuclein increases with age and have demonstrated that α-synuclein aggregates in the hippocampus of older mice compared to normal controls.

"Our results raise the possibility that TSG might be a novel compound for the treatment of AD and dementia with Lewy body," says co-lead investigator Lan Zhang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Key Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Diseases of Ministry of Education, Department of Pharmacology of Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University in Beijing.

The study used an animal model of AD: APPV717I transgenic (Tg) mice with the London mutation. In previous work, the authors showed that these mice show cognitive impairments beginning at 4 months of age and develop amyloid plaques in the brain that are evident by 10 months.

In one series of experiments, 4 month old Tg mice were divided into 3 groups and received daily intragastric administration of distilled water (controls), low dose TSG (120 mol/kg/d), or high dose TSG (240 mol/kg/d). A fourth group consisted of age-matched non-Tg controls. The mice were treated until 10 months of age. In a second series of experiments, 10-month-old mice were divided into similar control and TSG-treated groups and were treated for 6 months.

The authors used a variety of techniques to hone in on what was happening in the brains of the Tg mice compared to age-matched controls: cDNA microarray analysis, reverse transcription PCR, western blotting, and immunochemistry. They found that α-synuclein messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein expression levels increase in a time-dependent manner in the hippocampus of Tg mice between ages 4 and 16 months and α-synuclein aggregation was noticeable at 16 months. Age-related increases in α-synuclein were also seen in the control mice but to a lesser degree.

"We suggest that, besides increased Aβ (beta-amyloid) and amyloid plaques, overexpression and aggregation of α-synuclein in the hippocampus might partially account for cognitive impairment in this Tg mouse model of AD," comments co-lead investigator Lin Li, MD, PhD, Professor and Director, Department of Pharmacology, Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University in Beijing. She adds that "α-synuclein overexpression occurs even in the early phase of AD and may accelerate Aβ production and deposition, which further facilitates α-synuclein overexpression and accumulation."

Analysis of the TSG-treated groups showed that TSG-treatment from the age of 4 to 10 months significantly downregulated α-synuclein mRNA and protein overexpression in the hippocampus of the Tg mice, and the effect was stronger at the higher dose. This suggests that TSG may have a role in preventing the neurotoxic effects of α-synuclein on synaptic function and cell activity. In addition, the finding that Tg reduced α-synuclein overexpression in older animals (>10 months) may indicate that it has therapeutic potential even after neuropathologic changes have occurred.

In previous work, the authors found that TSG acts as a "cognitive enhancer" to improve learning and memory in both APP transgenic mice and aged rats. The authors emphasize that while it is not completely clear how TSG works, their findings open up a new area of research. "The role of α-synuclein, especially in the early phase of AD, and its interaction with Aβ should be considered when developing new therapeutic strategies to target AD pathogenesis," says Dr. Zhang.


'/>"/>

Contact: Daphne Watrin
d.watrin@iospress.nl
31-206-883-355
IOS Press
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Novel compound demonstrates anti-leukemic effect in zebrafish, shows promise for human treatment
2. Rutgers team discovers novel approach to stimulate immune cells
3. Novel drug candidates offer new route to controlling inflammation
4. Researchers present new findings for novel pancreatic cancer vaccine
5. Novel biomarkers reveal evidence of radiation exposure
6. VCU Massey Cancer Center sees potential in novel leukemia treatment
7. Study supports urate protection against Parkinsons disease, hints at novel mechanism
8. Novel Natural Sciences Repository Opens Web Portal
9. Novel Anti-Inflammatories May Offer a New Approach for the Treatment of Stroke
10. LA BioMed investigators, Drs. Kevin Bruhn and Noah Craft, develop novel treatment for melanoma
11. Novel radiation therapy safely treats prostate cancer and lowers the risk of recurrence
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... May 25, 2016 , ... ... has seen a significant spike in their clients' employee participation for their wellness ... health screening by implementing a high-deductible health plan with outcome-based deductible incentives. As ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... ... , ... Stern Environmental Group , of Secaucus, New Jersey, working in ... Stern’s Real Time Monitoring (RTM) Device. Stern Environmental Group will sell the first ... for use in dormitories, shelters, and nursing homes for real time bedbug monitoring in ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 ... ... has announced that Rudolfo (Rudy) Cifolelli has joined the company as Vice President ... and the development of U.S. and international sales in the rapidly expanding field ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... ... Jericho Project has named LaToya Williams-Belfort to the position of Chief Development and Communications ... the nationally-acclaimed nonprofit, working closely with CEO Tori Lyon and the Board of Directors ... , “LaToya Williams-Belfort is joining Jericho at an exciting time of growth and ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... How to Write Error Free Procedures, **Presented by Ginette ... Human error is known to be the major cause of quality and production losses ... eliminated, many human performance problems can be prevented. , How to Write Error Free ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... Non-invasive diagnostic test realizes the potential of ... be presented at Yissum’s booth, at IATI-BIOMED 2016 conference  ... the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced today it ... MKI, the technology investment arm of Morris Kahn , ... early detection of multiple diseases by analyzing circulating DNA ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... May 23, 2016 Gamida Cell, ... treatment of cancer and orphan genetic diseases, announced today ... $4.4 million from the Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the ... of Economy and Industry. The mission of the Israel ... various industries, including science and technology, while stimulating economic ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Conn. , May 23, 2016   ... has entered into an agreement with Egalet Corporation ... patent claims. As part of the agreement the ... and will enable all three companies to develop ... properties. "This agreement reflects the commitment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: