β amyloid-induced disruption of ionic balance: Studies on the isolated frog labyrinth

Laura Botta, Paolo Valli, Annalia Asti, Paola Perin, Gianpiero Zucca, Marco Racchi, Stefano Govoni, Alessia Pascale

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Abstract

The β-amyloid peptide (Aβ) is a key player in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. Although its mechanisms of action are not fully elucidated, a disruption of ionic homeostasis has been suggested, and Aβ aggregation in fibrils seems correlated to its toxic potential. In the present work, we studied the effects of different Aβ fragments on the activity of frog ampullar nerve fibers. Our results show that Aβ fragments are able to reduce ampullar nerve responses, with a potency correlated to their fibrillogenic capability. This study may have clinical implications, since vestibular problems are often reported in Alzheimer patients, and provide a model for the dissection of Aβ effects in a simple multicomponent system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2493-2497
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroReport
Volume12
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Aug 8 2001

Keywords

  • β-Amyloid
  • Fibril
  • Frog
  • Semicircular canal
  • Vestibular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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