DHA and cholesterol containing diets influence Alzheimer-like pathology, cognition and cerebral vasculature in APPswe/PS1dE9 mice

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  • Cholesterol and docosahexenoic acid (DHA) may affect degenerative processes in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) by influencing Aβ metabolism indirectly via the vasculature. We investigated whether DHA-enriched diets or cholesterol-containing Typical Western Diets (TWD) alter behavior and cognition, cerebral hemodynamics (relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV)) and Aβ deposition in 8- and 15-month-old APPswe/PS1dE9 mice. In addition we investigated whether changes in rCBV precede changes in Aβ deposition or vice versa. Mice were fed regular rodent chow, a TWD-, or a DHA-containing diet. Behavior, learning and memory were investigated, and rCBV was measured using contrast-enhanced MRI. The Aβ load was visualized immunohistochemically. We demonstrate that DHA altered rCBV in 8-month-old APP/PS1 and wild type mice[AU1]. In 15-month-old APP/PS1 mice DHA supplementation improved spatial memory, decreased Aβ deposition and slightly increased rCBV, indicating that a DHA-enriched diet can diminish AD-like pathology. In contrast, TWD diets decreased rCBV in 15-month-old mice. The present data indicate that long-term dietary interventions change AD-like pathology in APP/PS1 mice. Additionally, effects of the tested diets on vascular parameters were observed before effects on Aβ load were noted. These data underline the importance of vascular factors in the APP/PS1 mouse model of AD pathology. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Hooijmans CR; Van der Zee CEEM; Dederen PJ; Brouwer KM; Reijmer YD; van Groen T; Broersen LM; Lütjohann D; Heerschap A; Kiliaan AJ
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  • 33
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