Coaccumulation of calcium and β-amyloid in the thalamus after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in rats

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  • Transient occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAO) in rats leads to abnormal accumulation of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides in the thalamus. This study investigated the chemical composition of these deposits. Adult male human β-amyloid precursor protein (APP) overexpressing (hAPP695) rats and their wild-type littermates were subjected to transient MCAO for 2 h or sham operation. After 26-week survival time, histological examination revealed an overlapping distribution pattern for rodent and human Aβ in the thalamus of hAPP695 rats subjected to MCAO. X-ray microanalysis showed that the deposits did not contain significant amount of iron, zinc, or copper typical to senile plaques. In contrast, the deposit both in hAPP695 and non-transgenic rats contained calcium and phosphorus in a ratio (1.28±0.15) characteristic to hydroxyapatites. Alizarin red staining confirmed that calcium coaccumulated in these Aβ deposits. It is suggested that APP expression is induced by ischemic insult in cortical neurons adjacent to infarct, which in turn is reflected as increased release of Aβ peptides by their corticothalamic axon endings. This together with insufficient clearance or atypical degradation of Aβ peptides lead to dysregulation of calcium homeostatis and coaccumulation in the thalamus. © 2008 ISCBFM All rights reserved.
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  • Mäkinen S; Van Groen T; Clarke J; Thornell A; Corbett D; Hiltunen M; Soininen H; Jolkkonen J
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  • 263
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  • 268
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  • 28
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  • 2