Abstract Title:

Astragaloside IV, a Natural PPARγ Agonist, Reduces Aβ Production in Alzheimer's Disease Through Inhibition of BACE1.

Abstract Source:

Mol Neurobiol. 2017 May ;54(4):2939-2949. Epub 2016 Mar 29. PMID: 27023226

Abstract Author(s):

Xu Wang, Yue Wang, Jiang-Ping Hu, Song Yu, Bao-Kun Li, Yong Cui, Lu Ren, Li-De Zhang

Article Affiliation:

Xu Wang


A number of epidemiological studies have established a link between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and diabetes mellitus (DM). So, nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) plays an important role in the treatment of AD. However, current PPARγ-targeting drugs such as thiazolidinediones (TZDs) are associated with undesirable side effects. We identified herbal extract with a small molecular, astragaloside IV (AS-IV), as a selective PPARγ natural agonist in nervouscells by developing a PPAR-PPRE pathway regulatory system. Cultured SH-SY5Y cells transfected with pEGFP-N1-BACE1 were treated with AS-IV for 24 h or AS-IV plus the PPAR-γ antagonist GW9662 in vitro. APP/PS1 mice were intragastrically treated with AS-IV or AS-IV plus the GW9662 every 48 h for 3 months. Immunofluorescence, western blotting, and real-time PCR were used to examine the expression of PPARγ and BACE1. Immunohistochemical staining was performed to analyze the distribution of Aβ plaques in the APP/PS1 mouse brain. The levels of Aβ were determined using ELISA kits. AS-IV was shown to be a PPARγ agonist by establishing a high-throughput screening model for PPARγ agonists. The results showed that AS-IV treatment increased activity of PPARγ and inhibited BACE1 in vitro. As a result, Aβ levels decreased significantly. GW9662, which is a PPARγ antagonist, significantly blocked the beneficial role of AS-IV. In vivo, AS-IV treatment increased PPARγ and BACE1 expression and reduced neuritic plaque formation and Aβ levels in the brains of APP/PS1 mice. These effects of AS-IV could be effectively inhibited by GW9662. These results indicate that AS-IV may be a natural PPARγ agonist that suppressed activity of BACE1 and ultimately attenuates generation of Aβ. Therefore, AS-IV may be a promising agent for modulating Aβ-related pathology in AD.

Study Type : Animal Study, In Vitro Study
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