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Enhanced Autolysosomal Function Ameliorates the Inflammatory Response Mediated by the NLRP3 Inflammasome in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Zhou, Wen1
  • Xiao, Deng1
  • Zhao, Yueyang2
  • Tan, Botao3
  • Long, Zhimin2, 4
  • Yu, Lehua3
  • He, Guiqiong2, 4
  • 1 Department of Neurorehabilitation, The Affiliated Rehabilitation Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing , (China)
  • 2 Department of Anatomy, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing , (China)
  • 3 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing , (China)
  • 4 Institute of Neuroscience, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing , (China)
Published Article
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Feb 23, 2021
DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2021.629891
  • Neuroscience
  • Original Research


The pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) involves activation of many NLRP3 inflammatory bodies, which may be related to amyloid β peptide and aggregation of misfolded proteins. Autophagy is an important regulator of inflammatory bodies. However, autophagy shows dynamic changes in the development of AD, and its role in inflammation remains controversial. In this study, the key link between autophagic disorders and the NLRP3 inflammasome in AD was investigated. APP/PS1 double transgenic mice and C57 mice with Aβ25–35 injected into the lateral ventricle were used as two animal models of AD. Immunofluorescence staining and Western blot analysis showed that NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins and inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-6, IL-12, and TNF-α, were increased and microglia were activated in the brains of both AD animal models. Endogenous overexpression of the APPswe gene and exogenous addition of Aβ25–35 increased the expression of NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins, while exogenous Aβ25–35 intervention more significantly activated inflammation. Furthermore, LC3 was increased in the AD animal and cell models, and the level of Lamp1 decreased. After overexpression of the primary regulator of lysosomal biogenesis, TFEB, the lysosome protein Lamp1 was increased, and LC3 and inflammatory protein expression were decreased. These results suggest that the NLRP3 inflammasome-mediated inflammatory response is activated in AD animal and cell models, which may be related to the decline in autolysosome function. Overexpression of the TFEB protein can reduce the inflammatory response by improving autolysosome function in AD model cells.

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