A cholesterol-lowering drug reduces beta-amyloid pathology in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease
The over-arching goal of this study was to determine the effects of a cholesterol-lowering drug BM15.766 on beta-amyloid pathology in the APPPS1 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. BM15.766 treatment reduced plasma cholesterol, brain Abeta peptides, and beta-amyloid load by greater than twofold. A strong, positive correlation between the amounts of plasma cholesterol and Abeta was observed. Furthermore, drug treatment reduced the amyloidogenic processing of the amyloid precursor protein, suggesting alterations in processing in response to cholesterol modulation. This study demonstrates that hypocholesterolemia is associated with reduced Abeta accumulation suggesting that lowering cholesterol by pharmacological means may be an effective approach for reducing the risk of developing AD.