Large aggregates are the major soluble Aβ species in AD brain fractionated with density gradient ultracentrifugation

Dag Sehlin*, Hillevi Englund, Barbro Simu, Mikael Karlsson, Martin Ingelsson, Fredrik Nikolajeff, Lars Lannfelt, Frida Ekholm Pettersson

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Abstract

Soluble amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregates of various sizes, ranging from dimers to large protofibrils, have been associated with neurotoxicity and synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease (AD). To investigate the properties of biologically relevant Aβ species, brain extracts from amyloid β protein precursor (AβPP) transgenic mice and AD patients as well as synthetic Aβ preparations were separated by size under native conditions with density gradient ultracentrifugation. The fractionated samples were then analyzed with atomic force microscopy (AFM), ELISA, and MTT cell viability assay. Based on AFM appearance and immunoreactivity to our protofibril selective antibody mAb158, synthetic Aβ42 was divided in four fractions, with large aggregates in fraction 1 and the smallest species in fraction 4. Synthetic Aβ aggregates from fractions 2 and 3 proved to be most toxic in an MTT assay. In AβPP transgenic mouse brain, the most abundant soluble Aβ species were found in fraction 2 and consisted mainly of Aβ40. Also in AD brains, Aβ was mainly found in fraction 2 but primarily as Aβ42. All biologically derived Aβ from fraction 2 was immunologically discriminated from smaller species with mAb158. Thus, the predominant species of biologically derived soluble Aβ, natively separated by density gradient ultracentrifugation, were found to match the size of the neurotoxic, 80-500 kDa synthetic Aβ protofibrils and were equally detected with mAb158.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere32014
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

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    Sehlin, D., Englund, H., Simu, B., Karlsson, M., Ingelsson, M., Nikolajeff, F., ... Pettersson, F. E. (2012). Large aggregates are the major soluble Aβ species in AD brain fractionated with density gradient ultracentrifugation. PLoS ONE, 7(2), 1-8. [e32014]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0032014