Inhibition of β-amyloid aggregation by albiflorin, aloeemodin and neohesperidin and their neuroprotective effect on primary hippocampal cells against β-amyloid induced toxicity

See Lok Ho, Chung Yan Poon, Chengyuan Lin, Ting Yan, Daniel W J KWONG, Kin Lam YUNG, Ricky M S WONG, Zhaoxiang BIAN, Hung Wing LI*

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Abstract

Being one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, β-amyloid (Aβ) aggregates induce complicated neurotoxicity. Evidences show that the underlying mechanism of neurotoxicity involves a glutamate receptor subtype, N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, an increase in intracellular calcium(II) ion loading as well as an elevation in oxidation stress. In this work, among the 35 chemical components of Chinese herbal medicines (CHMs) being screened for inhibitors of Aβ aggregation, four of them, namely albiflorin, aloeemodin, neohesperidin and physcion, were found for the first time to exhibit a potent inhibitory effect on Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42 aggregation. Their neuroprotective capability on primary hippocampal neuronal cells was also investigated by MTT assay, ROS assay and intracellular calcium(II) ion concentration measurement. It was interesting to find that physcion was rather toxic to neuronal cells while albiflorin, aloeemodin and neohesperidin reduced the toxicity and ROS induced by both monomeric and oligomeric Aβ species. In addition, albiflorin was particularly powerful in maintaining the intracellular Ca2+ concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-433
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Alzheimer Research
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Amyloid aggregation
  • Calcium influx
  • Herbs
  • Inhibitors
  • Neuroprotection
  • Reactive oxygen species

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