BACKGROUND: A decline of brain serotonin (5-HT) is held responsible for the changes in mood that can be observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, 5-HT'ergic signaling is also suggested to reduce the production of pathogenic amyloid-4β (Aβ).
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of targeted inactivation of tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (Tph2), which is essential for neuronal 5-HT synthesis, on amyloidosis in amyloid precursor protein (APP)swe/presenilin 1 (PS1) ΔE9 transgenic mice.
METHODS: Triple-transgenic (3xTg) APP/PS1 mice with partial (+/-) or complete Tph2 knockout (-/-) were allowed to survive until 6 months old with APP/PS1, Tph2-/-, and wildtype mice. Survival and weight were recorded. Levels of Aβ 42/40/38, soluble APPα (sAβPPα) and sAβPPβ, and cytokines were analyzed by mesoscale, neurotransmitters by mass spectrometry, and gene expression by quantitative PCR. Tph2, microglia, and Aβ were visualized histologically.
RESULTS: Tph2 inactivation in APP/PS1 mice significantly reduced viability, without impacting soluble and insoluble Aβ 42 and Aβ 40 in neocortex and hippocampus, and with only mild changes of soluble Aβ 42/Aβ 40. However, sAβPPα and sAβPPβ in hippocampus and Aβ 38 and Aβ 40 in cerebrospinal fluid were reduced. 3xTg-/-mice were devoid of Tph2 immunopositive fibers and 5-HT. Cytokines were unaffected by genotype, as were neocortical TNF, HTR2a and HTR2b mRNA levels in Tph2-/- mice. Microglia clustered around Aβ plaques regardless of genotype.
CONCLUSION: The results suggest that Tph2 inactivation influences AβPP processing, at least in the hippocampus, although levels of Aβ are unchanged. The reduced viability of 3xTg-/-mice could indicate that 5-HT protects against the seizures that can impact the viability of APP/PS1 mice.
- 5-HT4 RECEPTOR
- A beta PP processing
- Alzheimer's disease
- BETA LEVELS
- cerebral amyloidosis
- cerebrospinal fluid
- tryptophan hydroxylase 2