Exploring the brain tissue proteome of TgCRND8 Alzheimer's Disease model mice under B vitamin deficient diet induced hyperhomocysteinemia by LC-MS top-down platform

Daniela Delfino, Diana Valeria Rossetti, Claudia Martelli, Ilaria Inserra, Federica Vincenzoni, Massimo Castagnola, Andrea Urbani, Sigfrido Scarpa, Andrea Fuso, Rosaria A. Cavallaro, Claudia Desiderio

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The multifactorial nature of Late Onset Alzheimer's Disease (LOAD), the AD form of major relevance on epidemiological and social aspects, has driven the original investigation by LC-MS and top-down proteomics approach of the protein repertoire of the brain tissue of TgCRND8 model mice fed with a diet deficient in B vitamins. The analysis of the acid-soluble fraction of brain tissue homogenates identified a list of proteins and peptides, proteoforms and PTMs. In order to disclose possible modulations, their relative quantification in wild type and AD model mice under both B vitamin deficient and control diets was performed. The levels of metallothionein III, guanine nucleotide-binding protein G(I)/G(S)/G(O) subunit gamma-2 and brain acid soluble protein 1 showed statistically significant alterations depending on genotype, diet or both effects, respectively. Particularly, metallothionein III exhibited increased levels in TgCRND8 mice under B vitamin deficient diet with respect to wild type mice under both diets. Brain acid soluble protein 1 showed the opposite, revealing decreased levels in all diet groups of AD model mice with respect to wild type mice in control diet. Lower levels of brain acid soluble protein 1 were also observed in wild type mice under deficiency of B vitamins. These results, besides contributing to increase the knowledge of AD at molecular level, give new suggestions for deeply investigating metallothionein III and brain acid soluble protein 1 in AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-172
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chromatography B: Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2019



  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Diet
  • Mass spectrometry, Personalized medicine
  • TgCRND8 mice
  • Top down proteomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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