MicroRNA-195 rescues ApoE4-induced cognitive deficits and lysosomal defects in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis

Mol Psychiatry. 2021 Sep;26(9):4687-4701. doi: 10.1038/s41380-020-0824-3. Epub 2020 Jul 6.


Our recent findings link the apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4)-specific changes in brain phosphoinositol biphosphate (PIP2) homeostasis to the susceptibility of developing Alzheimer's Disease (AD). In the present study, we have identified miR-195 as a top micro-RNA candidate involved in the ApoE/PIP2 pathway using miRNA profiles in human ROSMAP datasets and mouse microarray studies. Further validation studies have demonstrated that levels of miR-195 are significantly lower in human brain tissue of ApoE4+/- patients with clinical diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early AD when compared to ApoE4-/- subjects. In addition, brain miR-195 levels are reduced along with disease progression from normal aging to early AD, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) miR-195 levels of MCI subjects are positively correlated with cognitive performances as measured by mini-mental status examination (MMSE) and negatively correlated with CSF tau levels, suggesting the involvement of miR-195 in early development of AD with a potential impact on cognition. Similar differences in miR-195 levels are seen in ApoE4+/+ mouse hippocampal brain tissue and cultured neurons when compared to ApoE3+/+ counterparts. Over-expressing miR-195 reduces expression levels of its top predicted target synaptojanin 1 (synj1), a brain PIP2-degrading enzyme. Furthermore, elevating miR-195 ameliorates cognitive deficits, amyloid plaque burden, and tau hyper-phosphorylation in ApoE4+/+ mice. In addition, elevating miR-195 rescues AD-related lysosomal defects in inducible pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)-derived brain cells of ApoE4+/+ AD subjects while inhibiting miR-195 exacerbates these phenotypes. Together, our data uncover a novel regulatory mechanism of miR-195 targeted at ApoE4-associated brain PIP2 dyshomeostasis, cognitive deficits, and AD pathology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease* / genetics
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Animals
  • Apolipoprotein E4 / genetics
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive Dysfunction* / genetics
  • Humans
  • Lysosomes
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • MicroRNAs* / genetics


  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Apolipoprotein E4
  • MIRN195 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs