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  • 1.
    Beretta, Chiara
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Dakhel, Abdulkhalek
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Eltom, Khalid
    Rosqvist, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Uzoni, Simon
    Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg.
    Mothes, Tobias
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
    Rostami, Jinar
    Fletcher, John S.
    Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg.
    Risérus, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Sehlin, Dag
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Michno, Wojciech
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Erlandsson, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Astrocytes with Alzheimer’s disease pathology provoke lipid droplet mediated cell-to-cell propagation of MHC II complexesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Astrocytes are critical for maintaining brain homeostasis, but are also highly involved in neuroinflammation. In the Alzheimer disease (AD) brain, reactive, inflammatory astrocytes are situated closely around amyloid β (Aβ) plaques. We have previously shown that reactive astrocytes ingest large quantities of soluble Aβ aggregates, but are unable to degrade the material, which leads to intracellular Aβ accumulation and severe cellular stress. A common response to cellular stress is the formation of lipid droplets (LDs). Novel data indicate that LDs play an important role in inflammatory processes. However, the involvement of LDs in AD inflammation and progression remains unclear.

    Methods. The aim of this study was to investigate how astrocytic Aβ pathology affects lipid metabolism and antigen presentation. For this purpose, human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived astrocytes were exposed to soluble Aβ42 aggregates and analyzed over time, using a battery of experimental approaches.

    Results. Our results show that Aβ exposure induces LD accumulation in astrocytes, although the overall lipid composition remains unchanged. Moreover, astrocytes transfer LDs to neighboring cells via tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) and extracellular vesicle (EVs). Interestingly, we found that the antigen presenting protein major histocompatibility complex II (MHCII) is present inside LDs, suggesting an active role of LDs in astrocytic antigen presentation. Immunohistochemical analysis of human brain tissue verified the presence of LD-loaded MHCII+ astrocytes in AD individuals. Moreover, we found infiltrated CD4+ T cells to be in close contact with astrocytes, confirming an astrocyte T cell cross-talk in the AD brain

    Conclusions. Taken together, our data show that Aβ pathology drastically affects lipid storage in astrocytes, which in turn modulates the astrocytic antigen presentation, indicating a role for astrocytic LDs in T cell responses in the AD brain.

  • 2.
    Beretta, Chiara
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Svensson, Elina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics. Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 1 Wakefield Street, WC1N 1PJ London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    Dakhel, Abdulkhalek
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Zyśk, Marlena
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Hanrieder, J.
    Sehlin, Dag
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Michno, Wojciech
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Erlandsson, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Molecular Geriatrics.
    Amyloid-β deposits in human astrocytes contain truncated and highly resistant proteoforms2024In: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, ISSN 1044-7431, E-ISSN 1095-9327, Vol. 128, article id 103916Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that develops over decades. Glial cells, including astrocytes are tightly connected to the AD pathogenesis, but their impact on disease progression is still unclear. Our previous data show that astrocytes take up large amounts of aggregated amyloid-beta (Aβ) but are unable to successfully degrade the material, which is instead stored intracellularly. The aim of the present study was to analyze the astrocytic Aβ deposits composition in detail in order to understand their role in AD propagation. For this purpose, human induced pluripotent cell (hiPSC)-derived astrocytes were exposed to sonicated Aβ42 fibrils and magnetic beads. Live cell imaging and immunocytochemistry confirmed that the ingested Aβ aggregates and beads were transported to the same lysosomal compartments in the perinuclear region, which allowed us to successfully isolate the Aβ deposits from the astrocytes. Using a battery of experimental techniques, including mass spectrometry, western blot, ELISA and electron microscopy we demonstrate that human astrocytes truncate and pack the Aβ aggregates in a way that makes them highly resistant. Moreover, the astrocytes release specifically truncated forms of Aβ via different routes and thereby expose neighboring cells to pathogenic proteins. Taken together, our study establishes a role for astrocytes in mediating Aβ pathology, which could be of relevance for identifying novel treatment targets for AD.

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  • 3.
    Konstantinidis, Evangelos
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Dakhel, Abdulkhalek
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Beretta, Chiara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Erlandsson, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Long-term effects of amyloid-beta deposits in human iPSC-derived astrocytes2023In: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, ISSN 1044-7431, E-ISSN 1095-9327, Vol. 125, article id 103839Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Growing evidence indicates that astrocytes are tightly connected to Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. However, the way in which astrocytes participate in AD initiation and progression remains to be clarified. Our previous data show that astrocytes engulf large amounts of aggregated amyloid-beta (A beta) but are unable to successfully degrade the material. In this study, we aimed to evaluate how intracellular A beta-accumulation affects the astrocytes over time. For this purpose, human induced pluripotent cell (hiPSC)-derived astrocytes were exposed to sonicated A beta-fibrils and then cultured further for one week or ten weeks in A beta-free medium. Cells from both time points were analyzed for lysosomal proteins and astrocyte reactivity markers and the media were screened for inflammatory cytokines. In addition, the overall health of cytoplasmic organelles was investigated by immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy. Our data demonstrate that long-term astrocytes retained frequent A beta-inclusions that were enclosed within LAMP1-positive organelles and sustained markers associated with reactivity. Furthermore, A beta-accumulation resulted in endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondrial swelling, increased secretion of the cytokine CCL2/MCP-1 and formation of pathological lipid structures. Taken together, our results provide valuable information of how intracellular A beta-deposits affect astrocytes, and thereby contribute to the understanding of the role of astrocytes in AD progression.

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    Zyśk, Marlena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Beretta, Chiara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Naia, Luana
    Karolinska Inst, Div Neurogeriatr, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, BioClinicum, S-17164 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Dakhel, Abdulkhalek
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Pavenius, Linnea
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Sci Life Lab, S-17165 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Brismar, Hjalmar
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Sci Life Lab, S-17165 Stockholm, Sweden.;Royal Inst Technol, Dept Appl Phys, Sci Life Lab, S-17165 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Lindskog, Maria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology, Research group Mia Lindskog.
    Ankarcrona, Maria
    Karolinska Inst, Div Neurogeriatr, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, BioClinicum, S-17164 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Erlandsson, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
    Amyloid-beta accumulation in human astrocytes induces mitochondrial disruption and changed energy metabolism2023In: Journal of Neuroinflammation, ISSN 1742-2094, E-ISSN 1742-2094, Vol. 20, article id 43Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Astrocytes play a central role in maintaining brain energy metabolism, but are also tightly connected to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Our previous studies demonstrate that inflammatory astrocytes accumulate large amounts of aggregated amyloid-beta (A beta). However, in which way these A beta deposits influence their energy production remain unclear.

    Methods: The aim of the present study was to investigate how A beta pathology in astrocytes affects their mitochondria functionality and overall energy metabolism. For this purpose, human induced pluripotent cell (hiPSC)-derived astrocytes were exposed to sonicated A beta(42) fibrils for 7 days and analyzed over time using different experimental approaches.

    Results: Our results show that to maintain stable energy production, the astrocytes initially increased their mitochondrial fusion, but eventually the A beta-mediated stress led to abnormal mitochondrial swelling and excessive fission. Moreover, we detected increased levels of phosphorylated DRP-1 in the A beta-exposed astrocytes, which co-localized with lipid droplets. Analysis of ATP levels, when blocking certain stages of the energy pathways, indicated a metabolic shift to peroxisomal-based fatty acid beta-oxidation and glycolysis.

    Conclusions: Taken together, our data conclude that A beta pathology profoundly affects human astrocytes and changes their entire energy metabolism, which could result in disturbed brain homeostasis and aggravated disease progression.

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