Changes in lipid membranes may trigger amyloid toxicity in Alzheimer’s disease

Elizabeth Drolle, Alexander Negoda, Keely Hammond, Evgeny Pavlov, Zoya Leonenko

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Amyloid-beta peptides (Aβ), implicated in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), interact with the cellular membrane and induce amyloid toxicity. The composition of cellular membranes changes in aging and AD. We designed multi-component lipid models to mimic healthy and diseased states of the neuronal membrane. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM), Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) and black lipid membrane (BLM) techniques, we demonstrated that these model membranes differ in their nanoscale structure and physical properties, and interact differently with Aβ1–42. Based on our data, we propose a new hypothesis that changes in lipid membrane due to aging and AD may trigger amyloid toxicity through electrostatic mechanisms, similar to the accepted mechanism of antimicrobial peptide action. Understanding the role of the membrane changes as a key activating amyloid toxicity may aid in the development of a new avenue for the prevention and treatment of AD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0182194
JournalPloS one
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Changes in lipid membranes may trigger amyloid toxicity in Alzheimer’s disease'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this