بیماری آلزایمر و دژنراسیون ماکولا وابسته به سن مدل های ژنتیکی مختلف برای تنوع ژن مکمل دارند
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|30783||2012||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||6501 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Neurobiology of Aging, Volume 33, Issue 8, August 2012, Pages 1843.e9–1843.e17
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are both neurodegenerative disorders which share common pathological and biochemical features of the complement pathway. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is an association between well replicated AMD genetic risk factors and AD. A large cohort of AD (n = 3898) patients and controls were genotyped for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the complement factor H (CFH), the Age-related maculopathy susceptibility protein 2 (ARMS2) the complement component 2 (C2), the complement factor B (CFB), and the complement component 3 (C3) genes. While significant but modest associations were identified between the complement factor H, the age-related maculopathy susceptibility protein 2, and the complement component 3 single nucleotide polymorphisms and AD, these were different in direction or genetic model to that observed in AMD. In addition the multilocus genetic model that predicts around a half of the sibling risk for AMD does not predict risk for AD. Our study provides further support to the hypothesis that while activation of the alternative complement pathway is central to AMD pathogenesis, it is less involved in AD.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are both common degenerative diseases of older people associated with activation of the complement system. Both diseases are also characterized by the accumulation of extracellular aggregated proteins, amyloid plaques and tangles in the case of AD, and drusen in AMD. In AMD the extracellular drusen, deposited between the basal surface of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and Bruch's membrane contains inflammatory mediators, acute-phase reactants, and activated components of the complement system similar to those found in AD plaques (Anderson et al., 2002, Hageman et al., 2001, Johnson et al., 2000 and Johnson et al., 2001). Additionally, the principal component of amyloid plaques in AD, the amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide, is found with activation-specific fragments of complement component 3 (C3) in vesicular components within drusen in AMD patients (Johnson et al., 2002). Complement is a critical part of the innate immune system and interacts with the antibody responses of the adaptive immune system. At the heart of the complement pathway is a proteolytic cascade leading to the activation of C3. Activation of C3 leads to oponization of targets by C3b/iC3b for phagocytosis, release of anaphylatoxins that promote inflammation and formation of the membrane attack complex (MAC) which can lyse the target membrane. This cascade can be activated through 3 pathways; classical, lectin, and alternative. Current evidence through immunohistochemical, genetic, and biochemical studies suggests that AMD pathogenesis involves mainly the alternative complement pathway, which is under constant low level activation by spontaneous hydrolysis of an internal thioester bond in C3 (reviewed in Charbel Issa et al., 2011). In AD, however, the picture is less clear. Although all complement factors are produced in brain, and their activation is increased in affected brain areas (reviewed in Veerhuis et al., 2011), it has been widely known since the early 80s, through immunohistochemical (Eikelenboom and Stam, 1982, Eikelenboom et al., 1989, McGeer et al., 1989 and Rogers et al., 1992) and transgenic knockout mice studies (Fonseca et al., 2004), that it is the classical pathway, through C1q target binding and further activation of a cascade of proteases (C1r, C1s, C4, C2, and C3), and not the alternative pathway, that is activated. For example, it has been shown that that tangles and plaques of AD are clearly marked with the classical component complement fragments C4d and C3d (Eikelenboom et al., 1989 and McGeer et al., 1989). Nevertheless, although predominantly classical pathway activation products were found to colocalize with most cerebral Aβ deposits in AD brain, a number of studies provide support for the activation of the alternative pathway in AD. As it has been reported that Aβ peptides can activate both the classical and alternative complement pathways (Bradt et al., 1998) and alternative pathway components, such as complement component B and activation products Bb and Ba, have been found to be increased in the brains of AD patients compared with controls (Strohmeyer et al., 2000). Additionally, complement factor H (CFH), an inhibitor of the alternative complement pathway, has been found to be elevated in the amyloid plaques of AD brains compared with controls (Strohmeyer et al., 2002) and a human proteome study found plasma CFH to be specifically elevated in late onset AD (Hye et al., 2006). Finally, activation of the alternative pathway has been also observed in mouse model studies (Fonseca et al., 2011), and although there was no deposition of classical pathway components in C1q−/− AD mouse models, cleaved C3 products and properdin were prominently present on the fibrillar amyloid plaques (Fonseca et al., 2011 and Zhou et al., 2008). All these suggest that although the main pathway to be activated in AD is the classical pathway, there is evidence for the involvement of the alternative pathway as well. A number of studies have investigated comorbidity between AD and AMD and reported significant associations between late AMD and cognitive impairment or AD (Klaver et al., 1999 and Pham et al., 2006). In the Rotterdam study, late stage AMD was associated with increased incident AD at 2-year follow-up, though the risk was attenuated by adjustment for smoking or atherosclerosis (Klaver et al., 1999). Lower cognitive function scores but not AD was associated with symptoms of early AMD in the Cardiovascular Health Study (Baker et al., 2009). In view of the striking pathological and etiological similarities between AMD and AD we decided to look for common genetic risk factors between the 2 disorders. The most common genetic variation affecting risk for AMD is within genes of the alternative pathway such as the CFH Y420H (rs1061170) and the intronic rs1410996 polymorphisms, the age-related maculopathy susceptibility protein 2 (ARMS2) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) A69S (rs10490924), 4 variants in the complement component 2 and factor B (C2-CFB) locus (the L9H: rs4151667 and R32Q: rs641053 polymorphisms in the complement factor B [CFB] gene and the E318D: rs9332739 and intron 10: rs547154 polymorphisms in the complement component 2 [C2] gene) and the C3 gene (R102: rs2230199 SNP). The CFH, ARMS2, and C3 SNP risk alleles have been shown to act individually in an additive manner increasing the risk for AMD between 2- and 9-fold and absence of the C2-CFB protective alleles has been reported in 74% of AMD cases (Gold et al., 2006 and Maller et al., 2006). AMD-associated SNPs act independently with no evidence of epistatic interaction, and additively have been reported to explain about 40% of the genetic variance of AMD (Maller et al., 2006). In AD, variation in complement receptor 1 (CR1) another regulator of the alternative complement pathway has been implicated in its etiology, as has clusterin (CLU), a multifunctional protein that modulates activity of the membrane attack complex (Harold et al., 2009 and Lambert et al., 2009). However, only a few studies have specifically investigated whether the genes involved in the alternative complement pathway that affect the risk for AMD are associated with AD. Although an association between the CFH Y420H SNP and AD has been reported (Zetterberg et al., 2008), 2 studies (Hamilton et al., 2007 and Le Fur et al., 2010), the first of which was conducted by our team, failed to identify any associations. In addition, although an SNP in the ARMS2 gene has been implicated in AD (Gatta et al., 2008), a recent study which investigated SNPs in the HTRA1 gene also failed to report any associations with AD (Turunen et al., 2011). Most of the studies however, utilized small datasets and only a few SNPs involved in the complement pathway were examined at a time in all of them. The aim therefore of this study was to examine if associations between SNPs of the alternative complement pathway which increase the risk for AMD also increase risk for AD. Specifically we have examined if the multilocus genetic model that predicts around a half of the sibling risk for AMD (Maller et al., 2006) also predicts risk for AD. We have utilized 4 independent datasets comprising almost 4000 probable AD patients and controls (n = 2103 AD cases and n = 1795 controls). This is the largest case-control study to date to correlate members of the alternative complement pathway with AD risk.