Volume 99, Supplement 1, IN PRESS

Supplement: Pro-Oxidants and Antioxidants in Alzheimer’s Disease (Guest Editor: Pravat K. Mandal)

Pravat K. Mandal
Pro-Oxidants and Antioxidants Imbalance in Alzheimer’s Disease

Rafay Ali Syed, Mahnoor Hayat, Hammad Qaiser, Mohammad Uzair, Khalid Al-Regaiey, Roaa Khallaf, Imdad Kaleem, Shahid Bashir
Aging-Related Protein Alterations in the Brain
Abstract: Aging is an intrinsic aspect of an organism’s life cycle and is characterized by progressive physiological decline and increased susceptibility to mortality. Many age-associated disorders, including neurological disorders, are most commonly linked with the aging process, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This review aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the effects of aging and AD on the molecular pathways and levels of different proteins in the brain, including metalloproteins, neurotrophic factors, amyloid proteins, and tau proteins. AD is caused by the aggregation of amyloid proteins in the brain. Factors such as metal ions, protein ligands, and the oligomerization state of amyloid precursor protein significantly influence the proteolytic processing of amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP). Tau, a disordered cytosolic protein, serves as the principal microtubule-associated protein in mature neurons. AD patients exhibit decreased levels of nerve growth factor within their nervous systems and cerebrospinal fluid. Furthermore, a significant increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor resulting from the neuroprotective effect of glial cell line‑derived neurotrophic factor suggests that the synergistic action of these proteins plays a role in inhibiting neuronal degeneration and atrophy. The mechanism through which Aβ and AβPP govern Cu2+ transport and their influence on Cu2+ and other metal ion pools requires elucidation in future studies. A comprehensive understanding of the influence of aging and AD on molecular pathways and varying protein levels may hold the potential for the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic methods for the treatment of AD.

Zhihong Bian, Haibo Yu, Xinran Hu, Yuting Bian, Hongming Sun, Koh Tadokoro, Mami Takemoto, Taijun Yunoki, Yumiko Nakano, Yusuke Fukui, Ryuta Morihara, Koji Abe, Toru Yamashita
Tocovid Attenuated Oxidative Stress and Cognitive Decline by Inhibiting Amyloid-β-Induced NOX2 Activation in Alzheimer’s Disease Mice
Abstract: Background: NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) is an important source of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Activated NOX2 may contribute to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Our previous studies showed that a novel vitamin E mixture, Tocovid, had potential neuroprotective effects in a stroke mice model and an AD cell model. Objective: The aim of this study was two-fold: to assess whether long-term Tocovid treatment can regulate NOX2, and the therapeutic effects of long-term administration of Tocovid to an AD mice model. Methods: Therapeutic effects of long-term administration of Tocovid (200 mg/kg /day) on an Aβ-overexpressed transgenic AD mice model (APP23, n=8) was investigated. The therapeutic effect of Tocovid in 16-month-old mice compared with the no-treatment APP23 group (n=9) was assessed. Results: Tocovid treatment strongly improved motor and memory deficits of APP23 mice by attenuating NOX2 expression, oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, neurovascular unit dysfunction, synaptic alteration, and Aβ deposition after 16 months. Conclusion: These findings suggest that NOX2 is a potential target in AD pathology. Long-term administration of Tocovid may be a promising candidate for AD treatment.

Rangyin Zhao*, Xiaoyong Han*, Shangrong Jiang, Weijing Zhao, Jia Liu, Hongxia Zhang, Xiaoliang Mao, Min Zhang, Lili Lei, Hong You *These authors contributed equally to this work.
Association of Dietary and Supplement Intake of Antioxidants with Risk of Dementia: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies
Abstract: Background: Dementia is a neuropsychiatric disorder with cognitive decline due to multiple factors. With the arrival of the aging population, the incidence of dementia has gradually increased. There is still no effective treatment for dementia, and therefore, the prevention of dementia has become crucial. Oxidative stress is considered to be one of the pathogenesis of dementia; therefore, antioxidant therapy and prevention of dementia have been gradually proposed. Objective: Our meta-analysis aimed to investigate the association of antioxidants with risk of dementia. Methods: We searched PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science databases for articles on antioxidants associated with dementia risk, and those containing cohort studies with high-dose versus low-dose controls were included in our meta-analysis. The resulting risk ratios (RR) and hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals were statistically analyzed using Stata12.0 free software. Results: A total of 17 articles were included in this meta-analysis. Of 98,264 participants, 7,425 had dementia after 3-23 years of follow-up. The results of the meta-analysis showed a trend towards a lower incidence of dementia with high intake of antioxidants (RR = 0.84, 95% CI 0.77 - 1.19 I2 = 54.6%), but this was not statistically significant. High antioxidant intake significantly reduced the incidence of Alzheimer 's disease (RR = 0.85, 95% CI 0.79 - 0.92 I2 = 45.5%), and we additionally carried out subgroup analyses by nutrient type, diet or supplement, region, and study quality score. Conclusion: Dietary intake of antioxidants or supplements reduces both the risk of dementia and the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Viviana Soto-Mercado, Miguel Mendivil-Perez, Carlos Velez-Pardo, Marlene Jimenez-Del-Rio
Neuroprotective Effect of Combined Treatment with Epigallocatechin 3-Gallate and Melatonin on Familial Alzheimer’s Disease PSEN1 E280A Cerebral Spheroids Derived from Menstrual Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Abstract: Background: Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) is caused by mutations in one or more of 3 genes known as AβPP, PSEN1, and PSEN2. There are currently no effective therapies for FAD. Hence, novel therapeutics are needed. Objective: To analyze the effect of treatment with a combination of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, aMT) in a cerebral spheroid (CS) 3D in vitro model of PSEN 1 E280A FAD. Methods: We developed a CS in vitro model based on menstrual stromal cells derived from wild-type (WT) and mutant PSEN1 E280A menstrual blood cultured in Fast-N-Spheres V2 medium. Results: Beta-tubulin III, choline acetyltransferase, and GFAP in both WT and mutant CSs spontaneously expressed neuronal and astroglia markers when grown in Fast-N-Spheres V2 medium for 4 or 11 days. Mutant PSEN1 CSs had significantly increased levels of intracellular AβPP fragment peptides and concomitant appearance of oxidized DJ-1 as early as 4 days, and phosphorylated tau, decreased ΔΨm, and increased caspase-3 activity were observed on Day 11. Moreover, mutant CSs were unresponsive to acetylcholine. Treatment with a combination of EGCG and aMT decreased the levels of all typical pathological markers of FAD more efficiently than did EGCG or aMT alone, but aMT failed to restore Ca2+ influx in mutant CSs and decreased the beneficial effect of EGCG on Ca2+ influx in mutant CSs. Conclusion: Treatment with a combination of EGCG and aMT can be of high therapeutic value due to the high antioxidant capacity and anti-amyloidogenic effect of both compounds.

Samira Puoyan-Majd, Abdolhossein Parnow, Masome Rashno, Rashid Heidarimoghadam, Alireza Komaki
The Protective Effects of High-Intensity Interval Training Combined with Q10 Supplementation on Learning and Memory Impairments in Male Rats with Amyloid-β-Induced Alzheimer’s Disease
Abstract: Background: Oxidative stress plays a major role in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-related cognitive deficits. Objective: This study was done to determine the protective effects of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) alone and in combination for eight continuous weeks, on oxidative status, cognitive functions, and histological changes in the hippocampus in amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced AD rats. Methods: Ninety male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to the sham, control, Q10 (50 mg/kg of CoQ10; P.O.), HIIT (high intensity: 4 min running at 85‑90% VO2max, low intensity: 3 min running at 50‑60% VO2max), Q10 + HIIT, AD, AD + Q10, AD + HIIT, and AD + Q10 + HIIT groups. Results: The results showed that Aβ injection reduced cognitive functions in the Morris water maze (MWM) test and recognition memory in the novel object recognition test (NORT), which was accompanied by a decrease in total thiol groups, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase activities, an increase in malondialdehyde levels, and neuronal loss in the hippocampus. Interestingly, pretreatment with CoQ10, HIIT, or both, could markedly improve the oxidative status and cognitive decline in the MWM and NOR tests, and hinder neuronal loss in the hippocampus of Aβ-induced AD rats. Conclusion: Therefore, a combination of CoQ10 and HIIT can improve Aβ-related cognitive deficits, probably through an amelioration in hippocampal oxidative status and prevention of neuronal loss.

Systematic Review
Lei Yang, Fengxue Zhao, Yadi Sun, Ziyi Wang, Qianwen Li, Hao Wang, Ying Lu
N-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis
Abstract: Background: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the prodromal stage of dementia. In this stage, reasonable intervention measures can help to delay the decline of cognitive function. Supplementation of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3PUFAs) may be beneficial to delay the decline of cognitive function in the elderly. Objective: To investigate the effectiveness of docosapentaenoic acid (DHA) or/and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) supplements in the elderly with MCI. Methods: Eight electronic databases, PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase, VIP, SinoMed, Web of Science, CNKI, and WANFANG DATA, were searched for related articles from inception until January 2022. Subgroup analyses and sensitivity analyses were performed to detect confounding variables. Standardized mean differences (SMD) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were determined. Heterogeneity was evaluated by I2 statistics. Publication bias was detected using funnel plots. Stata12.0 was used for Begg’s and Egger’s test to quantify whether publication bias. Linear relationship between global cognition and covariates was examined in meta-regression analysis. Results: Twelve studies (n = 1,124) were included. The methodological quality of research is mostly medium. Compared with placebo, n-3PUFAs supplements have benefits on global cognition [SMD=0.51, 95%CI(0.12, 0.91), p=0.01]. No significant differences were observed between intervention group and placebo on language fluency, executive functions, and depression. Conclusion: Our findings indicated DHA and/or EPA supplements have benefits on global cognition, and it may also reduce the level of blood amyloid-β (Aβ)-related biomarkers (e.g., Aβ40, Aβ42) and inflammatory factors (e.g., 1L-6, 1L-10). Since there are only two relative articles, more research is needed in the future to clarify the relationship.

Hammad Qaiser, Mohammad Uzair, Khalid Al-Regaiey, Shafia Rafiq, Muhammad Arshad, Woo-Kyoung Yoo, Osama Zahid Arain, Imdad Kaleem, Turki Abualait, Lan Wang, Ran Wang, Shahid Bashir
Role of Thioredoxin System in Regulating Cellular Redox Status in Alzheimer’s Disease
Abstract: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and a public health problem. It exhibits significant oxidative stress and redox alterations. The antioxidant enzyme systems defend the cellular environment from oxidative stress. One of the redox systems is the thioredoxin system (TS), which exerts decisive control over the cellular redox environment. We aimed to review the protective effects of TS, which include thioredoxin (Trx), thioredoxin reductase (TrxR), and NADPH. In the following, we discussed the physiological functioning and the role of the TS in maintaining the cellular redox-homeostasis in the AD-damaged brain. Trx protects the cellular environment from oxidative stress, while TrxR is crucial for the cellular detoxification of reactive oxygen species in the brain. However, TS dysregulation increases the susceptibility to cellular death. The changes in Trx and TrxR levels are significantly associated with AD progression. Though the data from human, animal, and cellular models support the neuroprotective role of TS in the brain of AD patients, the translational potential of these findings to clinical settings is not yet applied. This review summarizes the current knowledge on the emerging role of the TrxR-Trx system in AD.

Mortimer Mamelak
The Alzheimer’s Disease Brain, Its Microvasculature, and NADPH Oxidase
Abstract: The deterioration of the brain’s microvasculature, particularly in the hippocampus, appears to be a very early event in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), preceding even the deposition of amyloid-β. A damaged microvasculature reduces the supply of oxygen and glucose to this region and limits the production of energy, ATP. The damage may be a function of the rise with age in the expression and activity of NADPH oxidase (NOX) in these microvessels. This rise renders these vessels vulnerable to the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation. The rise in NOX activity with age is even more marked in the AD brain where an inverse correlation has been demonstrated between NOX activity and cognitive ability. Apocynin, a putative NOX inhibitor, has been shown to block the damaging effects of NOX activation. Apocynin acts as a strong scavenger of H2O2, and as a weak scavenger of superoxide. Like apocynin, sodium oxybate (SO) has also been shown to block the toxic effects of NOX activation. The application of SO generates NADPH and ATP. SO inhibits oxidative stress and maintains normal cerebral ATP levels under hypoxic conditions. Moreover, it acts epigenetically to attenuate the expression of NOX. SO may delay the onset and slow the progress of AD by suppling energy and maintaining an antioxidative environment in the brain throughout the night. The slow wave activity produced by SO may also activate the glymphatic system and promote the clearance of amyloid-β from the brain.

Aqilah Hambali, Nor Atiqah Jusril, Nur Fariesha Md Hashim, Nizar Abd Manan, Siti Khadijah Adam, Muhammad Zulfadli Mehat, Mohd Ilham Adenan, Johnson Stanslas, Hafizah Abdul Hamid
The Standardized Extract of Centella asiatica and Its Fractions Exert Antioxidative and Anti-Neuroinflammatory Effects on Microglial Cells and Regulate the Nrf2/HO-1 Signaling Pathway
Abstract: Background: Neuroinflammation and oxidative stress can aggravate the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Centella asiatica has been traditionally consumed for memory and cognition. The triterpenes (asiaticoside, madecassoside, asiatic acid, madecassic acid) have been standardized in the ethanolic extract of Centella asiatica (SECA). The bioactivity of the triterpenes in different solvent polarities of SECA is still unknown. Objective: In this study, the antioxidative and anti-neuroinflammatory effects of SECA and its fractions were explored on lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced microglial cells. Methods: HPLC measured the four triterpenes in SECA and its fractions. SECA and its fractions were tested for cytotoxicity on microglial cells using MTT assay. NO, pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1β), ROS, and MDA (lipid peroxidation) produced by LPS-induced microglial cells were measured by colorimetric assays and ELISA. Nrf2 and HO-1 protein expressions were measured using western blotting. Results: The SECA and its fractions were non-toxic to BV2 microglial cells at tested concentrations. The levels of NO, TNF-α, IL-6, ROS, and lipid peroxidation in LPS-induced BV2 microglial cells were significantly reduced (p<0.001) by SECA and its fractions. SECA and some of its fractions can activate the Nrf2/HO-1 signaling pathway by significantly enhancing (p<0.05) the Nrf2 and HO-1 protein expressions. Conclusions: This study suggests that the inhibitory activity of SECA and its fractions on pro-inflammatory and oxidative stress events may be the result of the activation of antioxidant defense systems. The potential of SECA and its fractions in reducing neuroinflammation and oxidative stress can be further studied as a potential therapeutic strategy for AD.

Moran Zhou, Qian Jiao, Zengrui Wu, Weihua Li, Guixia Liu, Rui Wang, Yun Tang
Uncovering the Oxidative Stress Mechanisms and Targets in Alzheimer’s Disease by Integrating Phenotypic Screening Data and Polypharmacology Networks
Abstract: Background: The oxidative stress hypothesis is challenging the dominant position of amyloid-β (Aβ) in the field of understanding the mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a complicated and untreatable neurodegenerative disease. Objective: The goal of the present study was to uncover the oxidative stress mechanisms causing AD, as well as the potential therapeutic targets and neuroprotective drugs against oxidative stress mechanisms. Methods: In this study, a systematic workflow combining pharmacological experiments and computational prediction was proposed. 222 drugs and natural products were collected first and then tested on SH-SY5Y cells to obtain phenotypic screening data on neuroprotection. The preliminary screening data were integrated with drug-target interactions (DTIs) and multi-scale biomedical data, which were analyzed with statistical tests and gene set enrichment analysis. A polypharmacology network was further constructed for investigation. Results: 340 DTIs were matched in multiple databases, and 222 cell viability ratios were calculated for experimental compounds. We identified significant potential therapeutic targets based on oxidative stress mechanisms for AD, including NR3C1, SHBG, ESR1, PGR, and AVPR1A, which might be closely related to neuroprotective effects and pathogenesis. 50% of the top 14 enriched pathways were found to correlate with AD, such as arachidonic acid metabolism and neuroactive ligand-receptor interaction. Several approved drugs in this research were also found to exert neuroprotective effects against oxidative stress mechanisms, including beclometasone, methylprednisolone, and conivaptan. Conclusion: Our results indicated that NR3C1, SHBG, ESR1, PGR, and AVPR1A were promising therapeutic targets and several drugs may be repurposed from the perspective of oxidative stress and AD.

Maria I. Lazarova, Elina R. Tsvetanova, Almira P. Georgieva, Miroslava O. Stefanova, Diamara N. Uzunova, Petko N. Denev, Krasimira N. Tasheva
Marrubium vulgare Extract Improves Spatial Working Memory and Oxidative Stress Damage in Scopolamine-Treated Rats
Abstract: Background: The cholinergic neuronal loss in the basal forebrain and increasing brain oxidative stress are one of the main features of the brain suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Marrubium vulgare (M. vulgare), commonly known as 'white horehound,' possesses a variety of valuable properties, such as antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and antidiabetic activities. Moreover, it possesses neuromodulatory properties that could potentially impact short-term memory functions. Objective: The present study was undertaken to investigate the preventive effects of water M. vulgare extract on working memory, cholinergic neurotransmission, and oxidative stress in rats with scopolamine (Sco)-induced dementia. Methods: Мale Wistar rats (200-250 g) were divided into four experimental groups. The plant extract was administered orally for 21 days, and Sco (2 mg/kg) was administered intraperitoneally for 11 consecutive days. The behavioral performance of the animals was evaluated by the T-maze test. The effect of the extract on acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity and antioxidant status in cortex and hippocampus were also monitored. Results: Our experimental data revealed that treatment with M. vulgare significantly increased the percentage of correct choices of rats with Sco-induced dementia in the T maze test (by 38%, p < 0.05). Additionally, it reduced AChE activity in the hippocampus (by 20%, p < 0.05) and alleviated oxidative stress induced by Sco, particularly in the cortex. Conclusions: M. vulgare water extract demonstrated working memory preserving effect in rats with Sco-induced dementia, AChE inhibitory activity and in vivo antioxidant potential, and deserve further attention.

Timothy Daly
Improving Clinical Trials of Antioxidants in Alzheimer's Disease
Abstract: Maintaining diversity in drug development in research into Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is necessary to avoid over-reliance on targeting AD neuropathology. Treatments that reduce or prevent the generation of oxidative stress, frequently cited for its causal role in the aging process and AD, could be useful in at-risk populations or diagnosed AD patients. However, in this review, it is argued that clinical research into antioxidants in AD could provide more useful feedback as to the therapeutic value of the oxidative stress theory of AD. Improving comparability between randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is vital from a waste-reduction and priority-setting point of view for AD clinical research. For as well as attempting to improve meaningful outcomes for patients, RCTs of antioxidants in AD should strive to maximize the extraction of clinically useful information and actionable feedback from trial outcomes. Solutions to maximize information flow from RCTs of antioxidants in AD are offered here in the form of checklist questions to improve ongoing and future trials centered around the following dimensions: adhesion to reporting guidelines like CONSORT, biomarker enrichment, simple tests of treatment, and innovative trial design.