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Melatonin Prevents Neddylation Dysfunction in Aβ42-exposed SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells by Regulating the Amyloid Precursor ProteinBinding Protein 1 Pathway

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 5 ]


Mayuri Shukla, Vorapin Chinchalongporn and Piyarat Govitrapong*   Pages 446 - 459 ( 14 )


Background: Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP)-Binding Protein 1 (APP-BP1) is a crucial regulator of many key signaling pathways and functions mainly as a scaffold protein to enhance molecular interactions and facilitate catalytic reactions. The interaction of APP-BP1 with Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) plays a role in cell cycle transit control, which determines the mechanism behind the loss of cell cycle regulation in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). In contrast, neddylation, a posttranslational modification mediated by conjugation of ubiquitin-like protein neural precursor cell expressed developmentally downregulated protein 8 (NEDD8), is activated by a heterodimer composed of APP-BP1 and NEDD8-activating enzyme E1 catalytic subunit (Uba3). NEDD8 controls vital biological events, and along with APP-BP1, its levels are deregulated in AD.

Objective: The present study investigated the role of melatonin in regulating the APP-BP1 pathway under both physiological and pathological conditions to develop an understanding of the underlying mechanisms.

Methods: Therefore, human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells were treated with various concentrations of Aβ42 to induce neurotoxic conditions comparable to AD.

Results: The results are the first to demonstrate that melatonin prevents Aβ42-induced enhancement of APP-BP1 protein expression and alteration in the cellular localization of NEDD8. Moreover, using MLN4924 (APP-BP1 pathway blocker), we also verified the components of the downstream effector cascade of the APP-BP1 pathway, including tau, APP-cleaving secretases, β-catenin and p53.

Conclusion: These findings indicate that melatonin regulates the interplay of molecular signaling associated with the APP-BP1 pathway and might preclude the pathogenic mechanisms occurring during disease development, thus providing a propitious therapeutic strategy for preventing AD.


Alzheimer’s, melatonin, amyloid precursor protein-binding protein 1, neddylation, amyloid beta, tau, secretases, β-catenin.


Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Chulabhorn Royal Academy, Bangkok 10210, Research Center for Neuroscience, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Mahidol University, Salaya, Nakhonpathom 73170, Thailand; 3Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Chulabhorn Royal Academy, Bangkok 10210

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