CCL2 affects β-amyloidosis and progressive neurocognitive dysfunction in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease

Tomomi Kiyota, Howard E. Gendelman, Robert A. Weir, E. Elizabeth Higgins, Gang Zhang, Mohit Jain

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Neuroinflammation affects the pathobiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Notably, β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition induces microglial activation and the subsequent production of proinflammatory neurotoxic factors. In maintaining brain homeostasis, microglial plasticity also enables phenotypic transition between toxic and trophic activation states. One important control for such cell activation is through the CC-chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) and its receptor, the CC-chemokine receptor 2. Both affect microglia and peripheral macrophage immune responses and for the latter, cell ingress across the blood-brain barrier. However, how CCL2-CC-chemokine receptor 2 signaling contributes to AD pathogenesis is not well understood. To this end, we now report that CCL2 deficiency influences behavioral abnormalities and disease progression in Aβ precursor protein/presenilin-1 double-transgenic mice. Here, increased cortical and hippocampal Aβ deposition is coincident with the formulation of Aβ oligomers. Deficits in peripheral Aβ clearance and in scavenger, neuroprogenitor, and microglial cell functions are linked to deficient Aβ uptake. All serve to accelerate memory dysfunction. Taken together, these data support a role of CCL2 in innate immune functions relevant to AD pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1068
Number of pages9
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Chemokine
  • Memory function
  • Microglia
  • Neurogenesis
  • Phagocytosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Aging
  • Developmental Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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