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Intranasal delivery of 9-cis retinoic acid reduces beta-amyloid deposition via inhibiting astrocyte-mediated inflammation
- 1 Department of Neurology, The Fourth Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China
- 2 Department of Ultrasonography, The Fourth Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China
- 3 Department of Endocrinology, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
- 4 Department of Neurology, The Second Hospital of Heilongjiang Province, Harbin, China
- 5 Department of Neurology, The Second Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China
- 6 Department of Neurology, Gongli Hospital of The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China
- 7 Department of Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
received: November 9, 2019 ; accepted: January 27, 2020 ; published: March 25, 2020 ;https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102970
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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with the accumulation and deposition of a beta-amyloid (Αβ) peptide in the brain, resulting in increased neuroinflammation and synaptic dysfunction. Intranasal delivery of targeted drugs to the brain represents a noninvasive pathway that bypasses the blood-brain barrier and minimizes systemic exposure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic effect of intranasally delivered 9-cis retinoic acid (RA) on the neuropathology of an AD mouse model. Herein, we observed dramatically decreased Αβ deposition in the brains of amyloid precursor protein (APP) and presenilin 1 (PS1) double-transgenic mice (APP/PS1) treated intranasally with 9-cis RA for 4 weeks compared to that in the brains of vehicle-treated mice. Importantly, intranasal delivery of 9-cis RA suppressed Αβ-associated astrocyte activation and neuroinflammation and ultimately restored synaptic deficits in APP/PS1 transgenic mice. These results support the critical roles of Αβ-associated neuroinflammation responses to synaptic deficits, particularly during the deposition of Αβ. Our findings provide strong evidence that intranasally delivered 9-cis RA attenuates neuronal dysfunction in an AD mouse model and is a promising therapeutic strategy for the prevention and treatment of AD.