Overexpression of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 1 and lactate dehydrogenase A in nerve cells confers resistance to amyloid β and other toxins by decreasing mitochondrial respiration and reactive oxygen species production
Journal of Biological Chemistry
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Background: Aerobic glycolysis promotes resistance against Aβ toxicity. Results: Increased LDHA and PDK1 expression attenuates mitochondrial activity and confers resistance to Aβ. These proteins are down-regulated in a transgenic Alzheimer disease (AD) mouse model, and PDK1 is decreased in AD brain. Conclusion: PDK and LDHA are central mediators of Aβ resistance. Significance: Drugs that augment aerobic glycolysis may enhance brain cell survival in AD patients. © 2012 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.