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Herpes simplex virus type 1 infection in neurons leads to production and nuclear localization of APP intracellular domain (AICD): implications for Alzheimers disease pathogenesis
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
University of Cattolica Sacro Cuore, Italy.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Neurovirology, ISSN 1355-0284, E-ISSN 1538-2443, Vol. 21, no 5, 480-490 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several data indicate that neuronal infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) causes biochemical alterations reminiscent of Alzheimers disease (AD) phenotype. They include accumulation of amyloid-beta (A beta), which originates from the cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP), and hyperphosphorylation of tau protein, which leads to neurofibrillary tangle deposition. HSV-1 infection triggers APP processing and drives the production of several fragments including APP intracellular domain (AICD) that exerts transactivating properties. Herein, we analyzed the production and intracellular localization of AICD following HSV-1 infection in neurons. We also checked whether AICD induced the transcription of two target genes, neprilysin (nep) and glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (gsk3 beta), whose products play a role in A beta clearance and tau phosphorylation, respectively. Our data indicate that HSV-1 led to the accumulation and nuclear translocation of AICD in neurons. Moreover, results from chromatin immunoprecipitation assay showed that AICD binds the promoter region of both nep and gsk3 beta. Time course analysis of NEP and GSK3 beta expression at both mRNA and protein levels demonstrated that they are differently modulated during infection. NEP expression and enzymatic activity were initially stimulated but, with the progression of infection, they were down-regulated. In contrast, GSK3 beta expression remained nearly unchanged, but the analysis of its phosphorylation suggests that it was inactivated only at later stages of HSV-1 infection. Thus, our data demonstrate that HSV-1 infection induces early upstream events in the cell that may eventually lead to A beta deposition and tau hyperphosphorylation and further suggest HSV-1 as a possible risk factor for AD.

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SPRINGER , 2015. Vol. 21, no 5, 480-490 p.
Keyword [en]
Alzheimers disease; Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1); APP; Neurodegeneration; AICD; Neprilysin; GSK3 beta
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122666DOI: 10.1007/s13365-015-0344-0ISI: 000363242600002PubMedID: 25925093OAI: diva2:871695

Funding Agencies|Italian Ministry of Education University and Research [PRIN2009PM9B33, PON01- 01802]

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