Comparison of aggregation enhancement and inhibition as strategies for reducing the cytotoxicity of the aortic amyloid polypeptide medin

Madine, Jillian and Middleton, David A (2010) Comparison of aggregation enhancement and inhibition as strategies for reducing the cytotoxicity of the aortic amyloid polypeptide medin. June 2002. ISSN 1460-4582, 39 (9). pp. 1281-8. ISSN 0893-3200

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Abstract

Aortic medial amyloid (AMA) occurs as localised non-atheromatous plaques in virtually all individuals over the age of 50. The major protein component of AMA is the 50-residue polypeptide medin. Here we propose two methods of manipulating medin aggregation to reduce the cytotoxic species of medin: either by promoting formation of larger benign species or retaining small non-cytotoxic species. Medin co-localises with a variety of factors including glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The first approach shows that the GAG heparin enhances the rate of medin aggregation and alters the morphology of the amyloid fibrils. Cellular viability measurements suggest that heparin eliminates small cytotoxic species of medin, promoting formation of benign fibrils. The second approach applies a previously successful approach of designing small peptide moieties that are complementary to the key amyloidogenic sequence but which contain modified amino acids known to disrupt hydrogen bonding and therefore prevent aggregation of the target protein. This approach also reduces cellular toxicity of medin at all stages of the aggregation process examined exhibiting a different mode of action to heparin. These results raise the question of whether enhancement of medin aggregation by GAGs is beneficial, by eliminating toxic oligomers, or has deleterious effects by reducing arterial plasticity associated with increased fibril load and whether small peptide inhibitors can be applied as drug candidates for amyloid diseases.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: June 2002. ISSN 1460-4582
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200
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ID Code: 66267
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Sep 2013 08:03
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 03:54
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/66267

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