A high-fat diet exacerbates the Alzheimer's disease pathology in the hippocampus of the AppNL−F/NL−F knock-in mouse model

Guianfranco Mazzei, Ryohei Ikegami, Nona Abolhassani, Naoki Haruyama, Kunihiko Sakumi, Takashi Saito, Takaomi C. Saido, Yusaku Nakabeppu

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Insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus are major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD), and studies with transgenic mouse models of AD have provided supportive evidence with some controversies. To overcome potential artifacts derived from transgenes, we used a knock-in mouse model, AppNL−F/NL−F, which accumulates Aβ plaques from 6 months of age and shows mild cognitive impairment at 18 months of age, without the overproduction of APP. In the present study, 6-month-old male AppNL−F/NL−F and wild-type mice were fed a regular or high-fat diet (HFD) for 12 months. HFD treatment caused obesity and impaired glucose tolerance (i.e., T2DM conditions) in both wild-type and AppNL−F/NL−F mice, but only the latter animals exhibited an impaired cognitive function accompanied by marked increases in both Aβ deposition and microgliosis as well as insulin resistance in the hippocampus. Furthermore, HFD-fed AppNL−F/NL−F mice exhibited a significant decrease in volume of the granule cell layer in the dentate gyrus and an increased accumulation of 8-oxoguanine, an oxidized guanine base, in the nuclei of granule cells. Gene expression profiling by microarrays revealed that the populations of the cell types in hippocampus were not significantly different between the two mouse lines, regardless of the diet. In addition, HFD treatment decreased the expression of the Aβ binding protein transthyretin (TTR) in AppNL−F/NL−F mice, suggesting that the depletion of TTR underlies the increased Aβ deposition in the hippocampus of HFD-fed AppNL−F/NL−F mice.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13429
JournalAging cell
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ageing
  • Cell Biology


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