Qingyangshen mitigates amyloid-β and Tau aggregate defects involving PPARα-TFEB activation in transgenic mice of Alzheimer's disease

Ashok Iyaswamy, Senthil Kumar Krishnamoorthi, Huan Zhang, Sravan G. S. SREENIVASA MURTHY, Zhou Zhu, Jia Liu, Cheng Fu Su, Xin Jie Guan, Zi Ying Wang, King Ho Cheung, Juxian Song*, Siva Sundara Kumar Durairajan*, Min Li*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disease. Deposition of amyloid β plaques (Aβ) and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) is the key pathological hallmark of AD. Accumulating evidence suggest that impairment of autophagy-lysosomal pathway (ALP) plays key roles in AD pathology.

Purpose: The present study aims to assess the neuroprotective effects of Qingyangshen (QYS), a Chinese herbal medicine, in AD cellular and animal models and to determine its underlying mechanisms involving ALP regulation. 

Methods: QYS extract was prepared and its chemical components were characterized by LC/MS. Then the pharmacokinetics and acute toxicity of QYS extract were evaluated. The neuroprotective effects of QYS extract were determined in 3XTg AD mice, by using a series of behavioral tests and biochemical assays, and the mechanisms were examined in vitro.

Results: Oral administration of QYS extract improved learning and spatial memory, reduced carboxy-terminal fragments (CTFs), amyloid precursor protein (APP), Aβ and Tau aggregates, and inhibited microgliosis and astrocytosis in the brains of 3XTg mice. Mechanistically, QYS extract increased the expression of PPARα and TFEB, and promoted ALP both in vivo and in vitro.

Conclusion: QYS attenuates AD pathology, and improves cognitive function in 3XTg mice, which may be mediated by activation of PPARα-TFEB pathway and the subsequent ALP enhancement. Therefore, QYS may be a promising herbal material for further anti-AD drug discovery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153648
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Autophagy-lysosomal pathway
  • Qingyangshen
  • Transcriptional factor EB


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