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Molecular Neurodegeneration

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661219/modulation-of-gsk-3-provides-cellular-and-functional-neuroprotection-in-the-rd10-mouse-model-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Alonso Sánchez-Cruz, Beatriz Villarejo-Zori, Miguel Marchena, Josefa Zaldivar-Díez, Valle Palomo, Carmen Gil, Ignacio Lizasoain, Pedro de la Villa, Ana Martínez, Enrique J de la Rosa, Catalina Hernández-Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of hereditary retinal neurodegenerative conditions characterized by primary dysfunction and death of photoreceptor cells, resulting in visual loss and, eventually, blindness. To date, no effective therapies have been transferred to clinic. Given the diverse genetic etiology of RP, targeting common cellular and molecular retinal alterations has emerged as a potential therapeutic strategy. METHODS: Using the Pde6b rd10/rd10 mouse model of RP, we investigated the effects of daily intraperitoneal administration of VP3...
April 16, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625583/structural-and-mechanistic-aspects-influencing-the-adam10-mediated-shedding-of-the-prion-protein
#2
Luise Linsenmeier, Behnam Mohammadi, Sebastian Wetzel, Berta Puig, Walker S Jackson, Alexander Hartmann, Keiji Uchiyama, Suehiro Sakaguchi, Kristina Endres, Jörg Tatzelt, Paul Saftig, Markus Glatzel, Hermann C Altmeppen
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April 6, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618365/apolipoprotein-e4-impairs-spontaneous-blood-brain-barrier-repair-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#3
Bevan S Main, Sonia Villapol, Stephanie S Sloley, David J Barton, Maia Parsadanian, Chinyere Agbaegbu, Kathryn Stefos, Mondona S McCann, Patricia M Washington, Olga C Rodriguez, Mark P Burns
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and mortality, to which there is currently no comprehensive treatment. Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) dysfunction is well documented in human TBI patients, yet the molecular mechanisms that underlie this neurovascular unit (NVU) pathology remains unclear. The apolipoprotein-E (apoE) protein has been implicated in controlling BBB integrity in an isoform dependent manner, via suppression of Cyclophilin A (CypA)-Matrix metallopeptidase-9 (MMP-9) signaling cascades, however the contribution of this pathway in TBI-induced BBB permeability is not fully investigated...
April 4, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615095/loss-of-xbp1-accelerates-age-related-decline-in-retinal-function-and-neurodegeneration
#4
Todd McLaughlin, Marek Falkowski, Jae Whan Park, Stephen Keegan, Michael Elliott, Joshua J Wang, Sarah X Zhang
BACKGROUND: Aging is the strongest risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases and extended age results in neuronal degeneration and functional decline in the visual system. Among many contributing factors to age-related deterioration of neurons is an insufficient activation of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in response to cellular stress. X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) is a major component of the UPR and is essential for maintaining protein homeostasis and reducing cellular stresses...
April 4, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29587871/amyloid-beta-modulates-microglial-responses-by-binding-to-the-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-2-trem2
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Li Zhong, Zongqi Wang, Daxin Wang, Zhe Wang, Yuka A Martens, Linbei Wu, Ying Xu, Kai Wang, Jianguo Li, Ruizhi Huang, Dan Can, Huaxi Xu, Guojun Bu, Xiao-Fen Chen
BACKGROUND: TREM2 is an innate immune receptor specifically expressed in microglia. Coding variations in TREM2 have been reported to increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. While multiple studies support a role for TREM2 in microglial recruitment to amyloid plaques, the chemoattractant factor modulating TREM2-dependent microglial responses has not been defined. METHODS: Potential binding of oligomeric amyloid-β 1-42 (oAβ1-42 ) to TREM2 was tested by complementary approaches including solid phase binding, surface plasmon resonance and immunoprecipitation assays...
March 27, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29566703/cognitive-impairment-in-metabolically-obese-normal-weight-rats-identification-of-early-biomarkers-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#6
Margalida Cifre, Andreu Palou, Paula Oliver
BACKGROUND: Metabolically-obese, normal-weight (MONW) individuals are not obese in terms of weight and height but have a number of obesity-related features (e.g. greater visceral adiposity, insulin resistance, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease). The MONW phenotype is related to the intake of unbalanced diets, such as those rich in fat. Increasing evidence shows a relationship between high-fat diet consumption and mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Thus, MONW individuals could be at a greater risk of cognitive dysfunction...
March 22, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29544548/tau-oligomers-mediate-%C3%AE-synuclein-toxicity-and-can-be-targeted-by-immunotherapy
#7
Julia E Gerson, Kathleen M Farmer, Natalie Henson, Diana L Castillo-Carranza, Mariana Carretero Murillo, Urmi Sengupta, Alan Barrett, Rakez Kayed
BACKGROUND: We have evaluated the efficacy of targeting the toxic, oligomeric form of tau protein by passive immunotherapy in a mouse model of synucleinopathy. Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia are two of the most common neurodegenerative disorders and are primarily characterized by the accumulation of α-synuclein in Lewy bodies. However, evidence shows that smaller, oligomeric aggregates are likely the most toxic form of the protein. Moreover, a large body of research suggests that α-synuclein interacts with tau in disease and may act in a synergistic mechanism, implicating tau oligomers as a potential therapeutic target...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29514656/targeting-hif1a-rescues-cone-degeneration-and-prevents-subretinal-neovascularization-in-a-model-of-chronic-hypoxia
#8
Maya Barben, Christian Schori, Marijana Samardzija, Christian Grimm
BACKGROUND: Degeneration of cone photoreceptors leads to loss of vision in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other cone dystrophies. Evidence, such as choroidal ischemia and decreased choroidal blood flow, implicates reduced tissue oxygenation in AMD pathology and suggests a role of the cellular response to hypoxia in disease onset and progression. Such a chronic hypoxic situation may promote several cellular responses including stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs)...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490706/early-long-term-administration-of-the-csf1r-inhibitor-plx3397-ablates-microglia-and-reduces-accumulation-of-intraneuronal-amyloid-neuritic-plaque-deposition-and-pre-fibrillar-oligomers-in-5xfad-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#9
Justyna Sosna, Stephan Philipp, Ricardo Albay, Jorge Mauricio Reyes-Ruiz, David Baglietto-Vargas, Frank M LaFerla, Charles G Glabe
BACKGROUND: Besides the two main classical features of amyloid beta aggregation and tau-containing neurofibrillary tangle deposition, neuroinflammation plays an important yet unclear role in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Microglia are believed to be key mediators of neuroinflammation during AD and responsible for the regulation of brain homeostasis by balancing neurotoxicity and neuroprotective events. We have previously reported evidence that neuritic plaques are derived from dead neurons that have accumulated intraneuronal amyloid and further recruit Iba1-positive cells, which play a role in either neuronal demise or neuritic plaque maturation or both...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490687/genetic-ablation-of-dynactin-p150-glued-in-postnatal-neurons-causes-preferential-degeneration-of-spinal-motor-neurons-in-aged-mice
#10
Jia Yu, Chen Lai, Hoon Shim, Chengsong Xie, Lixin Sun, Cai-Xia Long, Jinhui Ding, Yan Li, Huaibin Cai
BACKGROUND: Dynactin p150Glued , the largest subunit of the dynactin macromolecular complex, binds to both microtubules and tubulin dimers through the N-terminal cytoskeleton-associated protein and glycine-rich (CAP-Gly) and basic domains, and serves as an anti-catastrophe factor in stabilizing microtubules in neurons. P150Glued also initiates dynein-mediated axonal retrograde transport. Multiple missense mutations at the CAP-Gly domain of p150Glued are associated with motor neuron diseases and other neurodegenerative disorders, further supporting the importance of microtubule domains (MTBDs) in p150Glued functions...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467003/extracellular-%C3%AE-synuclein-levels-are-regulated-by-neuronal-activity
#11
Kaoru Yamada, Takeshi Iwatsubo
BACKGROUND: α-Synuclein is a presynaptic protein abundant in the cytoplasmic compartment of neurons, whereas its presence in the extracellular space has also been observed under physiological conditions. Extracellular α-synuclein has pathological significance, exhibiting cellular toxicity and impairment of synaptic transmission. Notably, misfolded α-synuclein drives the cell-to-cell propagation of pathology via the extracellular space. However, the primary mechanism that regulates the extracellular levels of α-synuclein remains to be determined...
February 22, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439717/dysregulated-phosphorylation-of-rab-gtpases-by-lrrk2-induces-neurodegeneration
#12
Ga Ram Jeong, Eun-Hae Jang, Jae Ryul Bae, Soyoung Jun, Ho Chul Kang, Chi-Hu Park, Joo-Ho Shin, Yukio Yamamoto, Keiko Tanaka-Yamamoto, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Eun-Mi Hur, Byoung Dae Lee
BACKGROUND: Mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) are the most common cause of familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD). Elevated kinase activity is associated with LRRK2 toxicity, but the substrates that mediate neurodegeneration remain poorly defined. Given the increasing evidence suggesting a role of LRRK2 in membrane and vesicle trafficking, here we systemically screened Rab GTPases, core regulators of vesicular dynamics, as potential substrates of LRRK2 and investigated the functional consequence of such phosphorylation in cells and in vivo...
February 13, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29409526/pathological-phosphorylation-of-tau-and-tdp-43-by-ttbk1-and-ttbk2-drives-neurodegeneration
#13
Laura M Taylor, Pamela J McMillan, Nicole F Liachko, Timothy J Strovas, Bernardino Ghetti, Thomas D Bird, C Dirk Keene, Brian C Kraemer
BACKGROUND: Progressive neuron loss in the frontal and temporal lobes of the cerebral cortex typifies frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). FTLD sub types are classified on the basis of neuronal aggregated protein deposits, typically containing either aberrantly phosphorylated TDP-43 or tau. Our recent work demonstrated that tau tubulin kinases 1 and 2 (TTBK1/2) robustly phosphorylate TDP-43 and co-localize with phosphorylated TDP-43 in human postmortem neurons from FTLD patients...
February 6, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391027/bace1-elevation-engendered-by-gga3-deletion-increases-%C3%AE-amyloid-pathology-in-association-with-app-elevation-and-decreased-chl1-processing-in-5xfad-mice
#14
WonHee Kim, Liang Ma, Selene Lomoio, Rachel Willen, Sylvia Lombardo, Jinghui Dong, Philip G Haydon, Giuseppina Tesco
BACKGROUND: β-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the production of amyloid beta (Aβ), the toxic peptide that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. Our previous studies have shown that the clathrin adaptor Golgi-localized γ-ear-containing ARF binding protein 3 (GGA3) plays a key role in the trafficking of BACE1 to lysosomes, where it is normally degraded. GGA3 depletion results in BACE1 stabilization both in vitro and in vivo...
February 2, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391029/mfn2-ablation-causes-an-oxidative-stress-response-and-eventual-neuronal-death-in-the-hippocampus-and-cortex
#15
Sirui Jiang, Priya Nandy, Wenzhang Wang, Xiaopin Ma, Jeffrey Hsia, Chunyu Wang, Zhenlian Wang, Mengyue Niu, Sandra L Siedlak, Sandy Torres, Hisashi Fujioka, Ying Xu, Hyoung-Gon Lee, George Perry, Jun Liu, Xiongwei Zhu
BACKGROUND: Mitochondria are the organelles responsible for energy metabolism and have a direct impact on neuronal function and survival. Mitochondrial abnormalities have been well characterized in Alzheimer Disease (AD). It is believed that mitochondrial fragmentation, due to impaired fission and fusion balance, likely causes mitochondrial dysfunction that underlies many aspects of neurodegenerative changes in AD. Mitochondrial fission and fusion proteins play a major role in maintaining the health and function of these important organelles...
February 1, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378605/piperine-ameliorates-sca17-neuropathology-by-reducing-er-stress
#16
Jifeng Guo, Yiting Cui, Qiong Liu, Yang Yang, Yujing Li, Ling Weng, Beisha Tang, Peng Jin, Xiao-Jiang Li, Su Yang, Shihua Li
BACKGROUND: Spinocerebellar ataxia 17 (SCA17) belongs to the family of neurodegenerative diseases caused by polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion. In SCA17, polyQ expansion occurs in the TATA box binding protein (TBP) and leads to the misfolding of TBP and the preferential degeneration in the cerebellar Purkinje neurons. Currently there is no effective treatment for SCA17. Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) is a recently identified neurotrophic factor, and increasing MANF expression ameliorated SCA17 neuropathology in TBP-105Q knock-in (KI) mouse model, indicating that MANF could be a therapeutic target for treating SCA17...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357897/parkinson-disease-associated-mutations-in-lrrk2-cause-centrosomal-defects-via-rab8a-phosphorylation
#17
Jesús Madero-Pérez, Elena Fdez, Belén Fernández, Antonio J Lara Ordóñez, Marian Blanca Ramírez, Patricia Gómez-Suaga, Dieter Waschbüsch, Evy Lobbestael, Veerle Baekelandt, Angus C Nairn, Javier Ruiz-Martínez, Ana Aiastui, Adolfo López de Munain, Pawel Lis, Thomas Comptdaer, Jean-Marc Taymans, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin, Alexandria Beilina, Adriano Gonnelli, Mark R Cookson, Elisa Greggio, Sabine Hilfiker
BACKGROUND: Mutations in LRRK2 are a common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). LRRK2 interacts with and phosphorylates a subset of Rab proteins including Rab8a, a protein which has been implicated in various centrosome-related events. However, the cellular consequences of such phosphorylation remain elusive. METHODS: Human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells stably expressing wildtype or pathogenic LRRK2 were used to test for polarity defects in the context of centrosomal positioning...
January 23, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338754/molecular-and-functional-signatures-in-a-novel-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model-assessed-by-quantitative-proteomics
#18
Dong Kyu Kim, Joonho Park, Dohyun Han, Jinhee Yang, Ahbin Kim, Jongmin Woo, Youngsoo Kim, Inhee Mook-Jung
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common neurodegenerative disorder, is characterized by the deposition of extracellular amyloid plaques and intracellular neurofibrillary tangles. To understand the pathological mechanisms underlying AD, developing animal models that completely encompass the main features of AD pathologies is indispensable. Although mouse models that display pathological hallmarks of AD (amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, or both) have been developed and investigated, a systematic approach for understanding the molecular characteristics of AD mouse models is lacking...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310663/%C3%AE-synuclein-accumulation-and-gba-deficiency-due-to-l444p-gba-mutation-contributes-to-mptp-induced-parkinsonism
#19
Seung Pil Yun, Donghoon Kim, Sangjune Kim, SangMin Kim, Senthilkumar S Karuppagounder, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Saebom Lee, Tae-In Kam, Suhyun Lee, Sangwoo Ham, Jae Hong Park, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Yunjong Lee, Han Seok Ko
BACKGROUND: Mutations in glucocerebrosidase (GBA) cause Gaucher disease (GD) and increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). Since both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the pathogenesis of sporadic PD, we investigated the susceptibility of nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) neurons in L444P GBA heterozygous knock-in (GBA +/L444P ) mice to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), a selective dopaminergic mitochondrial neurotoxin...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282133/is-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-frontotemporal-dementia-an-autophagy-disease
#20
REVIEW
Zhiqiang Deng, Patricia Sheehan, Shi Chen, Zhenyu Yue
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are neurodegenerative disorders that share genetic risk factors and pathological hallmarks. Intriguingly, these shared factors result in a high rate of comorbidity of these diseases in patients. Intracellular protein aggregates are a common pathological hallmark of both diseases. Emerging evidence suggests that impaired RNA processing and disrupted protein homeostasis are two major pathogenic pathways for these diseases. Indeed, recent evidence from genetic and cellular studies of the etiology and pathogenesis of ALS-FTD has suggested that defects in autophagy may underlie various aspects of these diseases...
December 28, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
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