Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu, The Centre of Excellence of Translational Medicine, Ravila Str. 19, Tartu, 50411, Estonia.
Among the markers and targets of the early phase of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis MnSOD (mitochondrial dysfunction) and Na-pump (disturbances in function/regulation) are often highlighted. This paper focused on comparison of the effects of three antioxidants on the activity of cerebrocortical MnSOD and Na,K-ATPase from post mortem Alzheimer’s disease and age-matched normal brains. Antioxidant compounds with different origins: natural glutathione, synthetic UPF peptides (glutathione analogues) and phytoestrogen genistein were investigated. Firstly, MnSOD and Na,K-ATPase activities were found to be decreased in the post mortem AD brains compared with age-matched controls. Secondly, GSH had no effect on MnSOD activity, but decreased Na,K-ATPase activity both in the control and AD brains. Thirdly, UPF1 and UPF17 increased MnSOD activity, and UPF17 suppressed Na,K-ATPase activity. Further studies are needed to clarify, if the inhibitory effect of UPF17 on Na,K-ATPase could abolish the beneficial effect gained from MnSOD activation. Both the antioxidative potential of genistein and its potency to up-regulate Na,K-ATPase activity make it an attractive candidate substance to suppress the early phase of the pathogenesis of AD.