Intraneuronal Aβ accumulation induces hippocampal neuron hyperexcitability through A-type K+ current inhibition mediated by activation of caspases and GSK-3

Federico Scala, Salvatore Fusco, Cristian Ripoli, Roberto Piacentini, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Matteo Spinelli, Fernanda Laezza, Claudio Grassi, Marcello D'Ascenzo

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Abstract

Amyloid β-protein (Aβ) pathologies have been linked to dysfunction of excitability in neurons of the hippocampal circuit, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this process are still poorly understood. Here, we applied whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology to primary hippocampal neurons and show that intracellular Aβ42 delivery leads to increased spike discharge and action potential broadening through downregulation of A-type K+ currents. Pharmacologic studies showed that caspases and glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3) activation are required for these Aβ42-induced effects. Extracellular perfusion and subsequent internalization of Aβ42 increase spike discharge and promote GSK-3-dependent phosphorylation of the Kv4.2 α-subunit, a molecular determinant of A-type K+ currents, at Ser-616. In acute hippocampal slices derived from an adult triple-transgenic Alzheimer's mouse model, characterized by endogenous intracellular accumulation of Aβ42, CA1 pyramidal neurons exhibit hyperexcitability accompanied by increased phosphorylation of Kv4.2 at Ser-616. Collectively, these data suggest that intraneuronal Aβ42 accumulation leads to an intracellular cascade culminating into caspases activation and GSK-3-dependent phosphorylation of Kv4.2 channels. These findings provide new insights into the toxic mechanisms triggered by intracellular Aβ42 and offer potentially new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer's disease treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-900
Number of pages15
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015

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Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3
Caspases
Phosphorylation
Neurons
Action Potentials
Serum Amyloid A Protein
Pyramidal Cells
Poisons
Electrophysiology
Transgenic Mice
Alzheimer Disease
Down-Regulation
Perfusion
Pathology
Inhibition (Psychology)
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • A-type K current
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyloid-β protein
  • Caspase
  • GSK-3
  • Hippocampal neurons
  • Intrinsic excitability
  • KV4.2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Ageing
  • Developmental Biology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Medicine(all)

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Intraneuronal Aβ accumulation induces hippocampal neuron hyperexcitability through A-type K+ current inhibition mediated by activation of caspases and GSK-3. / Scala, Federico; Fusco, Salvatore; Ripoli, Cristian; Piacentini, Roberto; Li Puma, Domenica Donatella; Spinelli, Matteo; Laezza, Fernanda; Grassi, Claudio; D'Ascenzo, Marcello.

In: Neurobiology of Aging, Vol. 36, No. 2, 01.02.2015, p. 886-900.

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Scala, Federico ; Fusco, Salvatore ; Ripoli, Cristian ; Piacentini, Roberto ; Li Puma, Domenica Donatella ; Spinelli, Matteo ; Laezza, Fernanda ; Grassi, Claudio ; D'Ascenzo, Marcello. / Intraneuronal Aβ accumulation induces hippocampal neuron hyperexcitability through A-type K+ current inhibition mediated by activation of caspases and GSK-3. In: Neurobiology of Aging. 2015 ; Vol. 36, No. 2. pp. 886-900.
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