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Alpha 1-antichymotrypsin, an inflammatory protein overexpressed in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease, induces tau hyperphosphorylation through c-Jun n-terminal kinase activation.

1. Introduction

Alpha-1-antichymotrypsin (ACT), also called SERPINA3 [1], is a member of the serine protease inhibitor (serpin) family of acute phase proteins. Although ACT is predominantly produced in the liver, it is also synthesized in the brain, mainly by astrocytes [2]. Elevated levels of ACT are found in the brain [3, 4], serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) [5] of AD patients, and high levels of ACT in plasma is associated with cognitive decline in elderly subjects [6]. This suggests that ACT may serve as a biomarker for early diagnosis of the disease. Studies in transgenic mouse models of AD have shown that expression of a human ACT gene accelerates amyloid plaque formation [7, 8] and cognitive decline [9] confirming the role of ACT in AD pathophysiology. The data from in vitro studies suggest that ACT binds A[beta] peptide and affects the rate of amyloid fibril formation [10-13], possibly causing the accelerated A[beta] aggregation and plaque formation observed in vivo.

Various cytokines and growth factors such as interleukin 1 (IL-1), IL-6, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFp[alpha]), oncostatin M, and leukemia inhibitory factor have been shown to regulate expression of acute phase proteins such as ACT [14, 15]. IL-1[beta], for example, has been shown to induce expression of ACT in human astrocytoma U373-MG cells [16]. It has been reported that expression of ACT in astrocytes is induced most potently by oncostatin M and IL-1, while TNF-[alpha] has a modest effect [17]. IL-1 is a pluripotent and proinflammatory molecule that affects expression of other inflammatory cytokines and inflammation associated proteins, thus, amplifying immune and inflammatory responses [18]. IL-1[beta] has been reported to accelerate hyperphosphorylation of tau in cultured cortical neurons, indicating that it may play a pivotal role in the progression of AD-related pathology [19], and IL-1[beta] also has been shown to enhance ACT expression in mice [20]. For these reasons, we selected IL-1[beta] as a tool to accelerate the effect of ACT in transgenic mice expressing hTau.

Hyperphosphorylation and accumulation of tau leading to formation of neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) in neurons and tau aggregation in glial cells are the main pathological hallmarks of AD as well as other tauopathies. In a normal brain, tau binds to and stabilizes the microtubule cytoskeleton, whereas, in AD brain, tau hyperphosphorylation prevents its association with microtubule leading to microtubule destabilization and consequent cytoskeletal dysfunction, NFT formation and neurodegeneration [21, 22]. Previous reports from our laboratory have shown that purified ACT induces tau phosphorylation and apoptosis in primary mouse and human neurons [23]. The findings that ACT is overexpressed in astrocytes surrounding plaques in Alzheimer's disease brain and that it enhances A[beta] oligomerization and tau hyperphosphorylation, suggest that it may play a role in tangle formation in the AD brain.

Here, we examined the mechanism of ACT-induced tau phosphorylation in transgenic animals intracerebroventricularly injected with IL-1[beta]. Tau is phosphorylated at multiple sites by several kinases. Increased expression of kinases, including stress-activated protein kinase (SAPK)/c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and p38 kinase have been found in brain homogenates from tauopathy patients [24]. Enhanced activity of SAPK/JNK has been observed specifically in the neurons and glial cells containing hyperphosphorylated tau, as well as in dystrophic neurites surrounding the senile plaques in AD. The JNK pathway is of particular interest as activation of JNK can lead to apoptosis and therefore may underlie the neurodegeneration seen in AD. Also, this pathway has been demonstrated to be activated by A[beta] [25] and causes hyperphosphorylation of tau [26, 27] suggesting that JNK may lie at an intersection between the two major pathological hallmarks of AD.

The JNK signaling pathway can be activated by a number of stress factors, including oxidative stress and proinflammatory cytokines [28]. The activation of JNK can induce abnormal phosphorylation of proteins that are not targets of JNK under normal conditions [29]. Studies using cell culture models [30] have shown that JNK induces tau hyperphosphorylation leading to caspase activation and tau cleavage. Thus, in cultured neurons JNK activation may lead to activation of apoptotic pathways and neurodegeneration [29]. This suggested that analysis of ACT's effect on JNK activation and tau hyperphosphorylation in neurons may provide us with important information on the mechanisms by which this inflammatory protein affects development of pathology in AD.

The mice expressing human ACT that we used in our studies expressed very low levels of ACT. Therefore, in order to study the role of ACT and JNK on tau phosphorylation, we examined cultured cortical neurons treated with ACT as well as transgenic mice expressing ACT and tau after intracranial injection with IL-1[beta]. The results from these studies are discussed below.

2. Material and Methods

The tissue culture reagents and electrophoresis supplies used in this study were purchased from Gibco/Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA. [alpha]1-ACT (ACT) was from RDI Division of Fitzgerald Industries, Intl. (Concord MA), Poly-D-lysine (PDL) was from Sigma (St Louis, MO), recombinant IL-1[beta] was purchased from R&D Systems (Minneapolis, MN); and JNK inhibitor (SP600125) was purchased from Calbiochem, p-Thr231 phospho-tau antibody was from AnaSpec Inc. (CA), and p-Ser262 phospho-specific tau antibody was from Biosource International (Camarillo, CA). Antibodies to PHF1 and P-Ser202-tau (CP13) were kind gifts from Dr. Peter Davies, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. Alexa Fluor 488 and 594 secondary antibodies were purchased from Invitrogen/Molecular Probes. Enhanced chemiluminescence (ECL) reagent was from Pierce Biotechnology Inc. (Rockford, IL). The nitrocellulose membrane was from Schleicher and Schuell (Keene, NH).

2.1. Transgenic Mice. Studies involving animals were done in strict accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the University of South Florida's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The care for the animals was provided by the well-established animal care facility at the University of South Florida (USF), which is accredited by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC). We used approximately 9 months old male and female mice in our studies. Construction of the ACT mice was described previously [7]. The human tau (hTau) mice [31]werepurchased from Jackson laboratories. These mice express human tau on a mouse tau (mTau) null background. We bred these mice with ACT mice to generate the different transgenic lines used in this study. In the current study we used mTau, ACT/mTau, and ACT/mTau/hTau mice to examine the changes in tau phosphorylation induced by IL-1[beta].

2.2. Genotype Analysis of hTau and ACT Transgenic Mice. Tail snips taken from the hTau mice (Jackson Laboratory, strain B6Cg [Mapt.sup.tml(GFP)Klt][Tg.sup.(MAPT)] 8cPdav/J, stock number 005491) were digested using DNeasy Blood and Tissue kit (Qiagen 69506). Real-time PCR analysis was done using the following probes and primers. Probes (hTau: 5'-/56-RoxN/ATG CAC CAA GAC CAA GAG GGT GAC A/3BHQ_2/-3';mut mTau:5'/5Cy5/AGC ACG ACT TCT TCA AGT CCG CCA T/BHQ_2/-3';mTau: 5'-/56-FAM/ACC CTC GCC AGG AGT TTG ACA CAA T/3BHQ.1/-3')and primers (hTau: F5'-ACT TTG AAC CAG GAT GGC TGA GCC C-3',R5'-CTG TGC ATG GCT GTC CAC TAA CCT T-3';mut mTau: F5'-AAG TTC ATC TGC ACC ACC-3',R5'-TCC TTG AAG AAG ATG GTG CG-3';and mTau: F5'-CTC AGC ATC CCA CCT GTA AC-3',F5'-CCA GTT GTG TAT GTC CAC CC-3') (IDT). Primers, probes, samples, and iQ Multiplex Powermix (Bio-Rad 172-5848) were loaded into 96-well PCR plates (Bio-Rad 2239441) and amplified using a Bio-Rad i-cycler, under standard PCR conditions, to detect products in respective wavelengths. Genotyping for ACT was performed as above in a separate reaction, using primers F5'-CAG AGC CAG GAG AGG TAA CAT TCT-3' and R5'-GCA GAT TTA GTC CAA CCC GTT CCT-3' and probe 5'-/5TexRd-XN/ACT CTA CTC CAG GGA ATT GGT CGA CT/3BHQ.2/-3'.

2.3. Intracerebroventricular (ICV) Injection of IL-1[beta]. Animals were anesthetized with 1-2% isoflurane, shaved, scrubbed with 10% betadine solution at the site of incision and placed into a dual arm stereotaxic frame (Kopf Instruments, Tujunga, CA). A small (1-2 cm caudal to rostral) incision was made, exposing the skull. Bilateral ICV injection of IL-1[beta] (1ng/10 [micro]L), dissolved in artificial CSF, was slowly injected (5 [micro]L on each site) using a Hamilton microsyringe. The coordinates used for the injection are as follows: from Bregma -0.2 mm anterior-posterior, [+ or -] 1.0 mm medial lateral and to a depth of 2.2-2.5 mm. The syringe was inserted and left for 5 minutes before solution administration to avoid tissue damage and fluid backflow. Similarly, the needle was left at the site for 5 minutes after injection, before withdrawal. Mice injected with same volume of artificial CSF (aCSF) served as control group. Depth of anesthesia was determined by toe pinch and corneal reflex periodically during the procedure.

2.4. Tissue Collection and Sample Preparation. Mice were anesthetized using Nembutal and perfused with saline solution 24 hours after IL-1[beta] injection. The hippocampus (HP), cerebral cortex (CC), and striatum (STR) were dissected out and used for extraction of proteins. The brain regions were homogenized in RIPA lysis buffer containing 100 mM Tris, pH 8.0, 150 mM NaCl, 1% NP-40, 0.5% deoxycholate, 0.1% SDS, 1 mM [Na.sub.3]V[O.sub.4], 1 mM NaF, 1 mM PMSF, and protease inhibitors (1 complete-mini tablet/10 mL lysis buffer, Roche). Samples were centrifuged at 14,000 rpm, for 30 min at 4[degrees]C, and equal amounts of proteins were used for PAGE and western blot analysis.

2.5. Cortical Neuronal Cultures. Timed pregnant C57BL/6 mice were obtained from Harlan. Cortical neurons were cultured from pups taken at embryonic day 18 as described previously [32]. Briefly, the animals were anesthetized with Nembutal and the embryos were dissected out, brains removed, and triturated in PBS. The dissociated cortex was centrifuged, and the cells resuspended in neurobasal media with B27 supplement and plated onto polylysine-coated culture plates. Nonneuronal cells were removed by treatment with fluorodeoxyuridine (FDU) after 18 hours of culturing. The cells were replenished with 50% of fresh media every third day. The experiments were done using 1-week-old cultures. ACT was reconstituted according to the manufacturer's protocol and used at a concentration of 1 mg/mL in the culture media, an ACT level similar to that found in AD brain [4, 33].

2.6. Immunocytochemistry. Cortical neurons were plated on 8-chamber slides precoated with poly D-lysine for immunocytochemical analysis. Cells were cultured as indicated above for 1 week. ACT was added to the wells at a concentration of 1 mg/mL. At the end of the treatment, cells were fixed with 4% paraformaldehyde for 10 minutes, washed with PBS, and incubated for 1 hour at room temperature with 10% normal goat serum (NGS) in Tris-buffered saline containing 0.2% Triton-X-100 (TBST) to inhibit nonspecific binding. Primary antibodies (PHF-1, p-Ser202, p-Thr231, and p-Ser262 antibodies specific for P-Tau) diluted in 1% bovine serum albumin (BSA)/TBST were added to the cells and incubated overnight at 4[degrees]C in a humidified chamber. Cells were washed several times with PBS and incubated with anti-mouse and anti-rabbit secondary antibodies (Alexa Fluor 488 and 594, resp.) for 1 hour at room temperature. Cells were counterstained with Hoechst (1 [micro]g/mL in PBS) to visualize nuclei. Slides were washed in PBS and mounted using aquamount. The staining was visualized and analyzed under a Zeiss fluorescence microscope using the AxioVision Rel. 4.8 software.

2.7. Western Blot Analysis. For analysis of brain samples, equal amounts of proteins from the extracts made in RIPAlysis buffer were boiled with Tris-glycine gel loading buffer and separated on a 10% Tris-glycine gel. The proteins were electroblotted to a nitrocellulose membrane. Nonspecific binding was blocked by incubation with 5% nonfat dry milk in TBS for 1 hour at room temperature and incubated overnight at 4[degrees]C with primary antibodies diluted in 3% BSA/TBS. The blots were washed thoroughly with PBS containing 0.05% Tween-20 and incubated with horse radish peroxidase-conjugated secondary antibodies diluted in blocking buffer for 2 hours at room temperature. After further washes the blots were exposed to super signal ECL reagent, and the signals were detected using autoradiography films.

2.8. Statistical Analysis. The data shown in Figures 2 and 3 were analyzed using a two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), with genotype and treatment as the independent variables. Post-hoc analysis was performed using a Fisher's protected Least Significant Difference test to compare IL-1[beta] treated animals with aCSF-injected animals within each genotype. Data shown in Figure 1 was analyzed using Student's t-test. A P value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

3. Results

3.1. Increased Tau Phosphorylation in Mice Expressing the Human ACT Gene Alone and in Combination with Human Tau. The association of ACT with tauopathy and tau hyperphosphorylation is quite new [23]. In order to determine the correlation between tau hyperphosphorylation and ACT expression in vivo, we first examined the level of tau phosphorylation in ACT and ACT/hTau mice. Cortical brain regions were extracted with RIPA lysis buffer, and tau hyperphosphorylation analyzed using specific P-tau antibodies. As expected the hTau mice and the doubly transgenic ACT/hTau mice showed significantly higher levels of total tau and P-tau in the brain extracts compared to the normal control and ACT only mice (Figure 1). Similar to the results we observed in our previous studies [23], ACT expression in the mice was associated with an increase in PHF-1, P-Ser202, and P-Thr231 P-tau epitopes (Figures 1(a)-1(c)). The levels of P-Ser202-tau (Figure 1(b)) were significantly increased in mice expressing ACT and hTau as well (ACT/mTau/hTau); PHF-1 and P-thr231 tau levels appeared to be enhanced in ACT/mTau/hTau compared to hTau alone but the increase was not significant (Figures 1(a) and 1(c)). It is possible that the high levels of P-tau already present in the hTau mice obscure the changes brought about by ACT expression. The total level of tau seems to be unaffected by ACT expression in the hTau and control mice (Figure 1(d)). These findings that ACT enhances hyperphosphorylation of tau at sites that are specifically phosphorylated in AD suggest that proteins associated with inflammation, in this case ACT, may alter normal tau to tangle prone tau. Further analysis is necessary to determine whether ACT enhances aggregation of tau and tangle formation in these mice.

3.2. Intracranial Injection of IL-1[beta] Induces Tau Hyperphosphorylation in Specific Regions in the Brain. The ability of IL-1[beta] to induce hyperphosphorylation of tau in cortical neurons [19]and thefact that IL-1[beta] induces ACT expression [20] encouraged us to explore the effect of IL-1[beta] on Tau phosphorylation in nontransgenic (mTau) and transgenic mice expressing ACT (ACT/mTau and ACT/mTau/hTau). Nontransgenic normal mice (mTau) and mice expressing ACT alone or ACT and hTau were intracranially injected with 5 [micro]L (1 ng/10 [micro]L) IL-1[beta] dissolved in aCSF. The control mice received the same volume of aCSF injection. Mice were sacrificed 24 hour after injection, and microsurgery was performed to remove hippocampus, cortex, and striatum for analysis of P-tau. We observed a significant induction in PHF1 specific tau phosphorylation in the samples from hippocampus and cortex but not in striatum after IL-1[beta] injection in ACT/mTau/hTau mice (Figures 2(a)-2(c)). The hippocampal region from ACT/mTau mice showed significant increase in PHF-1 while the cortex or striatum did not show any significant change. Analysis of P-Ser202 specific tau phosphorylation showed significant increase only in the hippocampus and striatum from ACT/mTau/hTau mice and not ACT/mTau mice. Cortical region did not show any change in the levels of P-Ser202 tau after IL-1[beta] injection. These results suggest that inflammatory proteins play a pivotal role in induction of specific tau hyperphosphorylation and possibly microtubule instability, leading to tangle formation in brain.

3.3. IL-1[beta] Injection Induces JNK Phosphorylation in Mice Expressing the Human ACT Gene Alone and in Combination with Human Tau. Next, we examined the signaling pathways involved in ACT-induced tau phosphorylation upon stimulation by IL-1[beta]. The JNK path way is of particular interest as activation of JNK can lead to tau phosphorylation and tau cleavage as well as apoptosis in neurons. Therefore, we decided to examine the activation state of JNK after the inflammatory stimulation by IL-1[beta] injection in ACT/mTau or ACT/mTau/hTau mice. Brain extracts were prepared from mice after intracranial injection with IL-1[beta] or aCSF and JNK phosphorylation analyzed by western blot using a P-JNK antibody. We observed a significant increase in phosphorylation of JNK in the cortex region from ACT/mTau and a slight increase in the ACT/mTau/hTau mice, indicating a possible role for JNK activation in ACT-induced tau phosphorylation (Figure 3(b)). There was no significant change in P-JNK levels in the striatum or hippocampal region from ACT/mTau or ACT/mTau/hTau mice (Figures 3(a) and 3(c)) suggesting that the tau phosphorylation observed in these regions is brought about by kinases other than JNK. Our earlier studies in cultured neurons have shown that ACT-mediated tau hyperphosphorylation is associated with activation of GSK3[alpha][beta] and ERK [23]. Here we found that JNK kinases are activated in response to ACT which in turn induces tau hyperphosphorylation. Although initial in vivo analysis did not indicate any activation of GSK3[alpha][beta] or ERK, further analysis is necessary to confirm these results.

3.4. Effect of JNK Inhibitor on ACT-Induced Tau Phosphorylation in PrimaryCortical Neurons. To investigate our hypothesis that ACT enhances tau hyperphosphorylation through a JNK-dependent mechanism, we decided to investigate the effect of JNK inhibitor on tau phosphorylation in primary neurons cultured in vitro and treated with ACT. Towards this, we pretreated cortical neurons with 10 [micro]M of JNK inhibitor (SP600125) for 1 hour prior to addition of ACT and continued the incubation for 8hours in the presence of ACT. The result showed an induction in phosphorylation of tau at different sites, which included PHF-1,

p-Ser202, p-Thr231, and p-Ser262, upon ACT treatment (Figures 4(a) and 4(b)). Treatment with JNK inhibitor (SP600125) abolished the ACT-induced tau phosphorylation, indicating the regulatory role of JNK in the process.

4. Discussion

The involvement of ACT in AD is well documented, and its role in A[beta] oligomerization has been established. In the study presented here we sought to elucidate the mechanisms of ACT-induced tau phosphorylation, focusing on the role of JNK kinase, in order to increase our understanding of how this relevant kinase influences tau hyperphosphorylation and development of pathology in AD. Our studies illustrate that ACT by itself or in conjunction with IL-1[beta] induces tau phosphorylation and this is, at least in part, mediated by JNK activation. Mixed cultures of human glia from amyloidprone cortical tissue show activation and expression of IL-1 and ACT, whereas mixed glial cultures from cerebellum failed to show such inflammatory response, suggesting that the regional specificities of amyloid deposition in AD may reflect on basic differences in inflammatory capacity between different brain regions [34]. For this reason, in the present study we decided to choose the brain regions that show pathological modifications in AD and examined them for changes in tau.

The microglia surrounding the plaques in AD brain have been shown to express high levels of the cytokine IL-1[beta] and correlate with the extent of the pathology associated with AD [35]. This suggests that the elevated levels of A[beta] may be causing an inflammatory response inducing enhanced expression of proteins associated with inflammation such as IL-1[beta], ACT, and complement factors. IL-1[beta] has been shown to enhance the expression of ACT in human astrocytes and to increase the translation of amyloid precursor protein [7, 34]. The findings that ACT is associated with Alzheimer's amyloid plaques and is expressed only in regions where there is overexpression of IL-1[beta] suggest that this coupled expression may be of significant importance to the pathogenesis of plaques and tangles associated with the disease. We found that IL-1[beta] injection in ACT/hTau mice induced phosphorylation of tau, which is paralleled with JNK phosphorylation, suggesting a role for JNK activation in ACT-induced tau phosphorylation. IL-1[beta] enhanced PHF-1 specific tau phosphorylation in hippocampus of ACT/mTau mice, but it did not show a significant change in any other specific tau phosphorylation in either cortex or striatum. This might be due to some compensatory mechanisms or to the inadequacy of inflammatory proteins alone to initiate the degeneration in mouse neurons. It is possible that when hTau is overexpressed in these neurons they respond differently to the inflammatory proteins to elicit a profound change in tau phosphorylation. This could be the reason why under normal conditions mice do not usually show tau tangle formation or neurodegeneration without overexpression of a mutant or WT human tau isoform. Our earlier studies have shown enhanced expression of ACT in neurons and glial cells in tauopathy brain samples, which correlated with tangle pathology [23]. Although the sequence of events involved in tangle formation and neurodegeneration are not yet known, the results from the present study suggest that inflammatory processes can exacerbate the tau modifications but is not able to initiate the process by itself in mice.

There are 79 potential phosphorylation sites in the longest isoform of tau, of which over 30 have been shown to be phosphorylated [36]. Numerous kinases can phosphorylate tau, including cyclin-dependent kinases [37], glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) [38], microtubule affinity regulating kinase (MARK) [39], [Ca.sup.2+]/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) [40], protein kinase A (PKA) [41], and members of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) family including ERK2 [39] and c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) [26, 27]. Many of these kinases have been proposed as being critical in causing tau hyperphosphorylation in AD and are potential drug targets [42]. Activation of JNK is seen in animal models of AD [43, 44] and has been observed in clinical cases of AD [45]. Phosphorylation of tau in vivo can also occur rapidly in response to stresses including hypothermia [46]. JNK proteins are stress activated protein kinases whose activation may be achieved by diverse triggers including environmental factors and activation of specific receptors [47]. An upstream kinase signaling cascade leads to the phosphorylation of JNK that prototypically translocate to the nucleus, where they phosphorylate transcription factors including c-jun, which are involved in transcription of genes involved in a diverse array of cellular processes including cellular growth and apoptosis [48]. JNKs also have extranuclear targets such as Bcl family members [49] and microtubule associated proteins such as tau [26, 27, 50]. Although we have observed an increase in GSK-3[alpha][beta] and ERK activation in neurons treated with ACT [23], we were unable to detect this in vivo. It is possible that the complex conditions that induce tau hyperphosphorylation in vivo are different from that we have observed in vitro. Further studies are in progress examining the changes in other tau kinases that might play a role in the phosphorylation of tau observed in vivo.

The stress activated protein kinases of the JNK family are most closely linked with initiating apoptotic events [51], and there is evidence that they phosphorylate tau in vitro [27, 50]. Our experiments with neurons demonstrate that ACT-induced tau phosphorylation at known JNK phosphorylation sites, Ser202 and Thr231 [50], are significantly increased. Tau can be phosphorylated at multiple sites by an array of kinases, the sequences of phosphorylation events that lead to pathogenicity in AD have been studied [52], but it remains unclear as to how significant each kinase and phosphorylation event may be in the pathogenic cascade. Phosphorylation of tau by JNK is a relatively early event [52], potentially preceded by the action of GSK3[beta] on Thr231 [53]. Our results demonstrate that the JNK inhibitor SP600125 can completely reverse the phosphorylation of tau at Ser202, Thr231, and Ser262, indicating that JNK plays a specific role in phosphorylation of tau at these sites.

5. Conclusion

The results from our studies presented here show that the inflammatory protein ACT induces tau hyperphosphorylation through activation of JNK. Earlier in vitro studies from our laboratory have shown that ACT enhances tau hyperphosphorylation through activation of GSK-3[alpha][beta] and ERK [23]. Figure 5 shows a schematic depicting the pathway that may be involved in ACT-induced neurodegeneration in AD. Since ACT expression is significantly upregulated in AD brain, we believe that it plays a major role in tangle formation by participating in upregulation of kinases involved in tau hyperphosphorylation in neurons. Thus, these studies suggest that a better understanding of the signaling mechanisms involved in inflammation-mediated tau hyperphosphorylation may lead to more effective anti-inflammatory therapeutic strategies for preventing or treating AD neurodegeneration associated with chronic inflammation.


AD:     Alzheimer's disease
ACT:    Alpha 1-antichymotrypsin
JNK:    c-Jun N-terminal Kinase
mTau:   Mouse tau
hTau:   Human tau.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


The authors would like to thank Dr. Huntington Potter for the ACT expressing mice used in the study. Monique Levy was instrumental in the initial setup of breeding and genotyping of the ACT/hTau mouse colony. The work in JP's lab is supported by Grants from the Alzheimer's Association (IIRG-08-90842) and the National Institute on Aging (1R21AG031429-01A2).


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Ethika Tyagi, (1,2) Tina Fiorelli, (1,2) Michelle Norden, (1,2) and Jaya Padmanabhan (1,2)

(1) Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

(2) USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, University of South Florida, 4001E. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Jaya Padmanabhan;

Received 1 March 2013; Revised 8 August 2013; Accepted 13 August 2013

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