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In this study natural-based complex polyphenols, obtained through a smart synthetic approach, have been evaluated for their ability to inhibit the formation of Aβ42 oligomers, the most toxic species causing synaptic dysfunction, neuroinflammation and neuronal death leading to the onset and progression of Alzheimer's Disease. In vitro neurotoxicity tests on primary hippocampal neurons have been employed to select non-toxic candidates. Solution NMR and molecular docking studies have been performed to clarify the interaction mechanism of Aβ42 with the synthesized polyphenol derivatives, and highlight the sterical and chemical requirements important for their anti-aggregating activity. NMR results indicated that the selected polyphenolic compounds target Aβ42 oligomeric species. Combined NMR and docking studies indicated that the Aβ42 central hydrophobic core, namely the 17-31 region, is the main interaction site. The length of the peptidomimetic scaffold and the presence of a guaiacol moiety were identified as important requirements for the anti-aggregating activity. In vivo experiments on an Aβ42 oligomer-induced acute mouse model, highlighted that the most promising polyphenolic derivative (PP04) inhibits detrimental effects of Aβ42 oligomers on memory and glial cell activation. NMR kinetic studies showed that PP04 is endowed with the chemical features of true inhibitors, strongly affecting both the Aβ42 nucleation and growth rates, thus representing a promising candidate to be further developed into an effective drug against neurodegenerative diseases of the amyloid type.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: ACS chemical neuroscience
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