Astrocyte calcium dysfunction causes early network hyperactivity in Alzheimer's disease

Cell Rep. 2022 Aug 23;40(8):111280. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2022.111280.


Dysfunctions of network activity and functional connectivity (FC) represent early events in Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Astrocytes regulate local neuronal activity in the healthy brain, but their involvement in early network hyperactivity in AD is unknown. We show increased FC in the human cingulate cortex several years before amyloid deposition. We find the same early cingulate FC disruption and neuronal hyperactivity in AppNL-F mice. Crucially, these network disruptions are accompanied by decreased astrocyte calcium signaling. Recovery of astrocytic calcium activity normalizes neuronal hyperactivity and FC, as well as seizure susceptibility and day/night behavioral disruptions. In conclusion, we show that astrocytes mediate initial features of AD and drive clinically relevant phenotypes.

Keywords: App mice; BOLD rsfMRI; CP: Neuroscience; amyloid pathology; astrocytes; calcium signaling; neuronal hyperactivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease* / genetics
  • Amyloid beta-Peptides / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Astrocytes / metabolism
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Calcium Signaling
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Neurons / metabolism


  • Amyloid beta-Peptides
  • Calcium