Modeling the Interaction Between β-Amyloid Aggregates and Choline Acetyltransferase Activity and Its Relation With Cholinergic Dysfunction Through Two-Enzyme/Two-Compartment Model

Comput Math Methods Med. 2015;2015:923762. doi: 10.1155/2015/923762. Epub 2015 Aug 30.


The effect of β-amyloid aggregates on activity of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) which is responsible for synthesizing acetylcholine (ACh) in human brain is investigated through the two-enzyme/two-compartment (2E2C) model where the presynaptic neuron is considered as compartment 1 while both the synaptic cleft and the postsynaptic neuron are considered as compartment 2 through suggesting three different kinetic mechanisms for the inhibition effect. It is found that the incorporation of ChAT inhibition by β-amyloid aggregates into the 2E2C model is able to yield dynamic solutions for concentrations of generated β-amyloid, ACh, choline, acetate, and pH in addition to the rates of ACh synthesis and ACh hydrolysis in compartments 1 and 2. It is observed that ChAT activity needs a high concentration of β-amyloid aggregates production rate. It is found that ChAT activity is reduced significantly when neurons are exposed to high levels of β-amyloid aggregates leading to reduction in levels of ACh which is one of the most significant physiological symptoms of AD. Furthermore, the system of ACh neurocycle is dominated by the oscillatory behavior when ChAT enzyme is completely inhibited by β-amyloid. It is observed that the direct inactivation of ChAT by β-amyloid aggregates may be a probable mechanism contributing to the development of AD.

MeSH terms

  • Acetylcholine / metabolism
  • Alzheimer Disease / etiology
  • Alzheimer Disease / metabolism
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides / metabolism*
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Choline / metabolism
  • Choline O-Acetyltransferase / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Choline O-Acetyltransferase / metabolism*
  • Cholinergic Neurons / metabolism
  • Computer Simulation
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Hydrolysis
  • Kinetics
  • Models, Neurological*
  • Protein Aggregates / physiology
  • Protein Aggregation, Pathological / etiology
  • Protein Aggregation, Pathological / metabolism


  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Protein Aggregates
  • Choline O-Acetyltransferase
  • Choline
  • Acetylcholine