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Antibodies to Potato Virus Y Bind the Amyloid β Peptide: IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL AND NMR STUDIES*

By Robert P. Friedland, Johnathan M. Tedesco, Andrea C. Wilson, Craig S. Atwood, Mark A. Smith, George Perry and Michael G. Zagorski


Studies in transgenic mice bearing mutated human Alzheimer disease (AD) genes show that active vaccination with the amyloid β (Aβ) protein or passive immunization with anti-Aβ antibodies has beneficial effects on the development of disease. Although a trial of Aβ vaccination in humans was halted because of autoimmune meningoencephalitis, favorable effects on Aβ deposition in the brain and on behavior were seen. Conflicting results have been observed concerning the relationship of circulating anti-Aβ antibodies and AD. Although these autoantibodies are thought to arise from exposure to Aβ, it is also possible that homologous proteins may induce antibody synthesis. We propose that the long-standing presence of anti-Aβ antibodies or antibodies to immunogens homologous to the Aβ protein may produce protective effects. The amino acid sequence of the potato virus Y (PVY) nuclear inclusion b protein is highly homologous to the immunogenic N-terminal region of Aβ. PVY infects potatoes and related crops worldwide. Here, we show through immunocytochemistry, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and NMR studies that mice inoculated with PVY develop antibodies that bind to Aβ in both neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, whereas antibodies to material from uninfected potato leaf show only modest levels of background immunoreactivity. NMR data show that the anti-PVY antibody binds to Aβ within the Phe4–Ser8 and His13–Leu17 regions. Immune responses generated from dietary exposure to proteins homologous to Aβ may induce antibodies that could influence the normal physiological processing of the protein and the development or progression of AD

Topics: Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2504870
Provided by: PubMed Central
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