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Synaptic transmission block by presynaptic injection of oligomeric amyloid beta

By Herman Moreno, Eunah Yu, Gustavo Pigino, Alejandro I. Hernandez, Natalia Kim, Jorge E. Moreira, Mutsuyuki Sugimori and Rodolfo R. Llinás


Early Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathophysiology is characterized by synaptic changes induced by degradation products of amyloid precursor protein (APP). The exact mechanisms of such modulation are unknown. Here, we report that nanomolar concentrations of intraaxonal oligomeric (o)Aβ42, but not oAβ40 or extracellular oAβ42, acutely inhibited synaptic transmission at the squid giant synapse. Further characterization of this phenotype demonstrated that presynaptic calcium currents were unaffected. However, electron microscopy experiments revealed diminished docked synaptic vesicles in oAβ42-microinjected terminals, without affecting clathrin-coated vesicles. The molecular events of this modulation involved casein kinase 2 and the synaptic vesicle rapid endocytosis pathway. These findings open the possibility of a new therapeutic target aimed at ameliorating synaptic dysfunction in AD

Topics: Biological Sciences
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
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