Co-expression of a disease-associated lysozyme variant with human lysozyme in Drosophila causes accumulation of amyloid deposits and neurodegeneration
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Lysozyme amyloidosis is a dominantly inherited form of amyloid disease. Mutant variants of the protein, with increased tendencies to aggregate compared to the wild type (WT), accumulate in large amyloid deposits in multiple organs, eventually leading to organ failure. Humans affected by lysozyme amyloidosis carry one allele for the wild type protein and one allele encoding for a mutant variant of lysozyme. We have used a Drosophila melanogaster model to investigate the effect of co-expressing WT lysozyme and a mutated variant, F57I, in the central nervous system (CNS) of the fly. In this study, using activity and longevity assays, WT-F57I flies showed a lower activity and a shorter lifespan than flies expressing only WT or the F57I variant of lysozyme (median survival 16 days compared to 34 and 23 respectively). This indicates deteriorating neurological functions in WT-F57I flies; exceeding the decrease in neurological function previously observed for flies only expressing the mutated variant, F57I. In addition, accumulation of insoluble species with amyloid structure was detected for the WT-F57I flies but not for the WT or the F57I flies. Our study show that co-expression of WT lysozyme and the amyloidogenic variant F57I results in neurological damage and is required for accumulation of amyloid deposits, which is characteristic for the disease observed in humans. Our data suggest that insoluble amyloid species or intermediate species, formed on the pathway toward amyloid species, may be cytotoxic and thus contribute to the impaired neurological functions observed for the WT-F57I flies.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106645OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106645DiVA: diva2:717657