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Nonantioxidant Tetramethoxystilbene Abrogates α-Synuclein-Induced Yeast Cell Death but Not That Triggered by the Bax or βa4 Peptide

Derf, Asma; Mudududdla, Ramesh; Akintade, Damilare; Williams, Ibidapo S.; Abdullaha, Mohd; Chaudhuri, Bhabatosh; Bharate, Sandip B.


Asma Derf

Ramesh Mudududdla

Damilare Akintade

Ibidapo Williams
Research Fellow- Cell Cultural Monitoring Technology

Mohd Abdullaha

Bhabatosh Chaudhuri

Sandip B. Bharate


© 2018 American Chemical Society. The overexpression of α-synuclein (α-syn) and its aggregation is the hallmark of Parkinson's disease. The α-syn aggregation results in the formation of Lewy bodies that causes neuronal cell death. Therefore, the small molecules that can protect neuronal cells from α-syn toxicity or inhibit the aggregation of α-syn could emerge as anti-Parkinson agents. Herein, a library of methoxy-stilbenes was screened for their ability to restore the cell growth from α-syn toxicity, using a yeast strain that stably expresses two copies of a chromosomally integrated human α-syn gene. Tetramethoxy-stilbene 4s, a nonantioxidant, was the most capable of restoring cell growth. It also rescues the more toxic cells that bear three copies of wild-type or A53T-mutant α-syn, from cell growth block. Its EC50 values for growth restoration of the 2-copy wild-type and the 3-copy mutant α-syn strains are 0.95 and 0.35 μM, respectively. Stilbene 4s mitigates mitochondrial membrane potential loss, negates ROS production, and prevents nuclear DNA-fragmentation, all hallmarks of apoptosis. However, 4s does not rescue cells from the death-inducing effects of Bax and βA4, which suggest that 4s specifically inhibits α-syn-mediated toxicity in the yeast. Our results signify that simultaneous use of multiple yeast-cell-based screens can facilitate revelation of compounds that may have the potential for further investigation as anti-Parkinson's agents.


Derf, A., Mudududdla, R., Akintade, D., Williams, I. S., Abdullaha, M., Chaudhuri, B., & Bharate, S. B. (2018). Nonantioxidant Tetramethoxystilbene Abrogates α-Synuclein-Induced Yeast Cell Death but Not That Triggered by the Bax or βa4 Peptide. ACS Omega, 3(8), 9513-9532.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2018
Publication Date Aug 31, 2018
Journal ACS Omega
Electronic ISSN 2470-1343
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 8
Pages 9513-9532
Keywords α-synuclein; tetramethoxystilbene; cell death; Bax; βA4 peptide; Parkinson’s disease
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