Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the prevailing form of dementia. Protein degradation and antioxidant pathways have a critical role in preventing the accumulation of protein aggregation; thus, failure of proteostasis in neurons along with redox imbalance mark AD. Herein, we exploited an AD Drosophila model expressing human amyloid precursor (hAPP) and beta-secretase 1 (hBACE1) proteins, to better understand the role of proteostatic or antioxidant pathways in AD. Ubiquitous expression of hAPP, hBACE1 in flies caused more severe degenerative phenotypes versus neuronal targeted expression; it also, suppressed proteasome activity, increased oxidative stress and significantly enhanced stress-sensitivity. Overexpression of Prosβ5 proteasomal subunit or Nrf2 transcription factor in AD Drosophila flies partially restored proteasomal activity but did not rescue hAPP, hBACE1 induced neurodegeneration. On the other hand, expression of autophagy-related Atg8a in AD flies decelerated neurodegeneration, increased stress-resistance, and improved flies’ health-/lifespan. Overall, our data suggest that the noxious effects of amyloid-beta aggregates can be alleviated by enhanced autophagy, thus dietary or pharmacological interventions that target autophagy should be considered in AD therapeutic approaches.
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