Antiretroviral Drugs Promote Amyloidogenesis by De-Acidifying Endolysosomes

AbstractAntiretroviral therapeutics (ART) have effectively increased the long-term survival of HIV-1 infected individuals. However, the prevalence of HIV-1 associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) has increased and so too have clinical manifestations and pathological features of Alzheimer ’s disease (AD) in people living with HIV-1/AIDS. Although underlying mechanisms are not clear, chronic exposure to ART drugs has been implicated in the development of AD-like symptoms and pathology. ART drugs are categorized according to their mechanism of action in controlling HIV-1 levels. All ART drugs are organic compounds that can be classified as being either weak acids or weak bases, and these physicochemical properties may be of central importance to ART drug-induced AD-like pathology because weak bases accumulate in endolysosomes, weak bases can de-acidify endolysosomes where amylo idogenesis occurs, and endolysosome de-acidification increases amyloid beta (Aβ) protein production and decreases Aβ degradation. Here, we investigated the effects of ART drugs on endolysosome pH and Aβ levels in rat primary cultured neurons. ART drugs that de-acidified endolysosomes increased Aβ levels, whereas those that acidified endolysosomes decreased Aβ levels. Acidification of endolysosomes with the mucolipin transient receptor potential (TRPML) channel agonist ML-SA1 blocked ART drug-induced increases in Aβ levels. Further, ART drug-induced endolysosome de-ac...
Source: Journal of NeuroImmune Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

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