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Differential pathways for interleukin-1β production activated by chromogranin A and amyloid β in microglia.

Neurobiology of aging (2013-07-09)
Zhou Wu, Li Sun, Sadayuki Hashioka, Sheng Yu, Claudia Schwab, Ryo Okada, Yoshinori Hayashi, Patrick L McGeer, Hiroshi Nakanishi
ABSTRACT

Although chromogranin A (CGA) is frequently present in Alzheimer's disease (AD), senile plaques associated with microglial activation, little is known about basic difference between CGA and fibrillar amyloid-β (fAβ) as neuroinflammatory factors. Here we have compared the interleukin-1β (IL-1β) production pathways by CGA and fAβ in microglia. In cultured microglia, production of IL-1β was induced by CGA, but not by fAβ. CGA activated both nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and pro-caspase-1, whereas fAβ activated pro-caspase-1 only. For the activation of pro-caspase-1, both CGA and fAβ needed the enzymatic activity of cathepsin B (CatB), but only fAβ required cytosolic leakage of CatB and the NLRP3 inflammasome activation. In contrast, fAβ induced the IL-1β secretion from microglia isolated from the aged mouse brain. In AD brain, highly activated microglia, which showed intense immunoreactivity for CatB and IL-1β, surrounded CGA-positive plaques more frequently than Aβ-positive plaques. These observations indicate differential pathways for the microglial IL-1β production by CGA and fAβ, which may aid in better understanding of the pathological significance of neuroinflammation in AD.

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Cathepsin B from human placenta, lyophilized powder, ≥5 units/mg protein
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Cathepsin B from human liver, buffered aqueous solution, ≥1,500 units/mg protein (E1%/280)
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Cathepsin B from bovine spleen, lyophilized powder, ≥10 units/mg protein