Involvement of oxidative stress on the impairment of energy metabolism induced by A beta peptides on PC12 cells: protection by antioxidants.

Pereira C, Santos MS, Oliveira C.

Faculty of Medicine, 
University of Coimbra, Portugal.
Neurobiol Dis 1999 Jun;6(3):209-19


Alzheimer's disease is widely held to be associated with oxidative stress due, in part, to the membrane action of amyloid beta-peptide (A beta) aggregates.  In this study, the involvement of oxidative stress on A beta-induced energy metabolism dysfunction was evaluated on PC12 cells.  It was shown that A beta peptides (A beta25-35 and A beta1-40) induce a concentration-dependent accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), decrease the cellular redox activity, and lead to the depletion of ATP levels.  The observed inhibition by A beta of mitochondrial function and of glycolysis is blocked by the antioxidants vitamin E, idebenone, and GSH ethyl ester.  Taken together, these data suggest that exposure of PC12 cells to A beta results in an impairment of energy metabolism, leading to a deficit in ATP levels and to the compromise of cellular viability.  Furthermore, the generation of ROS seems to be a crucial event responsible for the energetic metabolic dysfunction induced by A beta.

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