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Live Cell FRET Imaging Reveals Amyloid β-Peptide Oligomerization in Hippocampal Neurons

Version 1 : Received: 15 March 2021 / Approved: 16 March 2021 / Online: 16 March 2021 (13:29:35 CET)

How to cite: Gao, Y.; Wennmalm, S.; Winblad, B.; Schedin-Weiss, S.; Tjernberg, L. Live Cell FRET Imaging Reveals Amyloid β-Peptide Oligomerization in Hippocampal Neurons. Preprints 2021, 2021030426 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0426.v1). Gao, Y.; Wennmalm, S.; Winblad, B.; Schedin-Weiss, S.; Tjernberg, L. Live Cell FRET Imaging Reveals Amyloid β-Peptide Oligomerization in Hippocampal Neurons. Preprints 2021, 2021030426 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0426.v1).

Abstract

Amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) oligomerization is believed to contribute to the neuronal dysfunction in Alzheimer disease (AD). Despite decades of research, many details of Aβ oligomerization in neurons still need to be revealed. Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) is a simple but effective way to study molecular interactions. Here we use a confocal microscope with a sensitive Airyscan detector for FRET detection. By live cell FRET imaging, we detect Aβ42 oligomerization in primary neurons. The neurons were incubated with fluorescently labelled Aβ42 in the cell culture medium for 24 hours. Aβ42 were internalized and oligomerized into the lysosomes/late endosomes in a concentration-dependent manner. Both the cellular uptake and intracellular oligomerization of Aβ42 were significantly higher than for Aβ40. These findings provide a better understanding of Aβ42 oligomerization in neurons.

Subject Areas

amyloid β-peptide; oligomerization; aggregation; FRET

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