Protective effects of anthocyanins against amyloid β-peptide-induced damage in neuro-2A Cells

Ping Hsiao Shih, Chi Hao Wu, Chi Tai Yeh, Gow Chin Yen*

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Alzheimer's disease is neuropathologically characterized by amyloid β-protein (Aβ) deposition, resulting in neurotoxicity. Herein, we focused on the prevention of anthocyanins from amyloid-mediated neurodysfunction. The data demonstrated that combined exposure of Aβ1-40 and Aβ25-35 to Neuro-2A cells resulted in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and perturbation of calcium homeostasis. The expressions of LXRα, ApoE, ABCA1, and seladin-1 genes were significantly down-regulated upon Aβ challenge. β-Secretase, the rate-limiting enzyme that catalyzes amyloid precursor protein transform to Aβ, was up-regulated by Aβ treatment. For the duration of Aβ stimulation, malvidin (Mal) or oenin (Oen; malvidin-3-O-glucoside) was added, and the protective effects were observed. Mal and Oen showed protective effects against Aβ-induced neurotoxicity through blocking ROS formation, preserving Ca2+ homeostasis, and preventing Aβ-mediated perturbation of certain genes involved in Aβ metabolism and cellular defense. The present study implicates anthocyanin as a potential therapeutic candidate for the prevention of amyloid-mediated neurodysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1683-1689
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 9
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Neuro-2A cells
  • amyloid β-protein
  • anthocyanin
  • neuroprotection
  • β-secretase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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