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Current Alzheimer Research
ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828
DOI: 10.2174/15672050113106660179

The Effects of Different Antioxidants on the Activity of Cerebrocortical MnSOD and Na,K-ATPase from post mortem Alzheimer’s Disease and Age-matched Normal Brains

Author(s): C. Kairane, R. Mahlapuu, K. Ehrlich, M. Zilmer and U. Soomets
Pages 79-85 (7)
Among the markers and targets of the early phase of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis MnSOD (mitochondrial dysfunction) and Na-pump (disturbances in function/regulation) are often highlighted. This paper focused on comparison of the effects of three antioxidants on the activity of cerebrocortical MnSOD and Na,K-ATPase from post mortem Alzheimer’s disease and age-matched normal brains. Antioxidant compounds with different origins: natural glutathione, synthetic UPF peptides (glutathione analogues) and phytoestrogen genistein were investigated. Firstly, MnSOD and Na,K-ATPase activities were found to be decreased in the post mortem AD brains compared with age-matched controls. Secondly, GSH had no effect on MnSOD activity, but decreased Na,K-ATPase activity both in the control and AD brains. Thirdly, UPF1 and UPF17 increased MnSOD activity, and UPF17 suppressed Na,K-ATPase activity. Further studies are needed to clarify, if the inhibitory effect of UPF17 on Na,K-ATPase could abolish the beneficial effect gained from MnSOD activation. Both the antioxidative potential of genistein and its potency to up-regulate Na,K-ATPase activity make it an attractive candidate substance to suppress the early phase of the pathogenesis of AD.
Alzheimer's disease, genistein, MnSOD, Na, K-ATPase, oxidative stress, UPF peptides.
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu, The Centre of Excellence of Translational Medicine, Ravila Str. 19, Tartu, 50411, Estonia.