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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642128/immunomodulation-of-parkinson-s-disease-using-mucuna-pruriens-mp
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REVIEW
Sachchida Nand Rai, Hareram Birla, Walia Zahra, Saumitra Sen Singh, Surya Pratap Singh
Immune control is associated with nigrostriatal neuroprotection for Parkinson's disease (PD); though its direct cause and effect relationships have not yet been realized and modulating the immune system for therapeutic gain has been openly discussed. While the pathobiology of PD remains in study, neuroinflammation is thought to speed nigrostriatal degeneration. The neuroinflammatory cascade associated with PD begins with aggregation of misfolded or post-translationally modified α-synuclein (α-syn). Such aggregation results in neuronal cell death and the presence of chronically activated glia (microglia and astroglia), leading to the production of proinflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), IL-6, and enzymes such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640595/detection-and-characterization-of-small-molecule-interactions-with-fibrillar-protein-aggregates-using-microscale-thermophoresis
#2
Emily Fisher, Yanyan Zhao, Robert Richardson, Malgorzata Janik, Alexander K Buell, Franklin I Aigbirhio, Gergely Toth
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease share the pathological hallmark of fibrillar protein aggregates. The specific detection of these protein aggregates by positron emission tomography (PET) in the patient brain can yield valuable information for diagnosis and disease progression. However, the identification of novel small compounds that bind fibrillar protein aggregates has been a challenge. In this study, microscale thermophoresis (MST) was applied to assess the binding affinity of known small molecule ligands of α-synuclein fibrils, which were also tested in parallel in a Thioflavin T fluorescence competition assay for further validation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637099/aggregation-and-phosphorylation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-with-proteinase-k-resistance-in-focal-%C3%AE-synucleinopathy-predominantly-localized-to-the-cardiac-sympathetic-nervous-system
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Nei Fukasawa, Takahiro Fukuda, Masato Nagaoka, Tohru Harada, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Masahiro Ikegami
Aggregates of α-synuclein, a major component of Lewy bodies (LBs) and Lewy neurites (LNs), are distributed throughout the nervous system, including the central nervous system (CNS), sympathetic ganglia, enteric nervous system (ENS), cardiac and pelvic plexuses, submandibular gland, adrenal medulla and skin, in incidental Lewy body disease (ILBD), Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and pure autonomic failure (PAF) [1-3]. Here we report focal α-synucleinopathy predominantly localized to the cardiac sympathetic nervous system (SNS)...
June 21, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636593/t-cells-from-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-recognize-%C3%AE-synuclein-peptides
#4
David Sulzer, Roy N Alcalay, Francesca Garretti, Lucien Cote, Ellen Kanter, Julian Agin-Liebes, Christopher Liong, Curtis McMurtrey, William H Hildebrand, Xiaobo Mao, Valina L Dawson, Ted M Dawson, Carla Oseroff, John Pham, John Sidney, Myles B Dillon, Chelsea Carpenter, Daniela Weiskopf, Elizabeth Phillips, Simon Mallal, Bjoern Peters, April Frazier, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Alessandro Sette
Genetic studies have shown the association of Parkinson's disease with alleles of the major histocompatibility complex. Here we show that a defined set of peptides that are derived from α-synuclein, a protein aggregated in Parkinson's disease, act as antigenic epitopes displayed by these alleles and drive helper and cytotoxic T cell responses in patients with Parkinson's disease. These responses may explain the association of Parkinson's disease with specific major histocompatibility complex alleles.
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634568/sirtuin-2-protects-neural-cells-from-oxidative-stress-and-is-elevated-in-neurodegeneration
#5
Preeti Singh, Peter S Hanson, Christopher M Morris
Sirtuins are highly conserved lysine deacetylases involved in ageing, energy production, and lifespan extension. The mammalian SIRT2 has been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD) where studies suggest SIRT2 promotes neurodegeneration. We therefore evaluated the effects of SIRT2 manipulation in toxin treated SH-SY5Y cells and determined the expression and activity of SIRT2 in postmortem brain tissue from patients with PD. SH-SY5Y viability in response to oxidative stress induced by diquat or rotenone was measured following SIRT2 overexpression or inhibition of deacetylase activity, along with α-synuclein aggregation...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632413/%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-modulation-an-emerging-approach-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Sushil K Singh, Aloke Dutta, Gyan Modi
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multifactorial progressive neurological disorder. Pathological hallmarks of PD are characterized by the presence of α-synuclein (αSyn) aggregates known as Lewy bodies. αSyn aggregation is one of the leading causes for the neuronal dysfunction and death in PD. It is also associated with neurotransmitter and calcium release. Current therapies of PD are limited to only symptomatic relief without addressing the underlying pathogenic factors of the disease process such as aggregation of αSyn...
June 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624352/pressure-effects-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-an-experimental-investigation-on-their-dissociation-and-reversible-nature
#7
Federica Piccirilli, Nicoletta Plotegher, Francesco Spinozzi, Luigi Bubacco, Paolo Mariani, Mariano Beltramini, Isabella Tessari, Valeria Militello, Andrea Perucchi, Heinz Wilfried Amenitsch, Enrico Baldassarri, Milos Steinhart, Stefano Lupi, Maria Grazia Ortore
α-synuclein amyloid fibrils are found in surviving neurons of Parkinson's disease affected patients, but the role they play in the disease development is still under debate. A growing number of evidences points to soluble oligomers as the major cytotoxic species, while insoluble fibrillar aggregates could even play a protection role. In this work, we investigate α-synuclein fibrils dissociation induced at high pressure by means of Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Fibrils were produced from wild type α-synuclein and two familial mutants, A30P and A53T...
June 14, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623611/deferiprone-rescues-behavioral-deficits-induced-by-mild-iron-exposure-in-a-mouse-model-of-alpha-synuclein-aggregation
#8
Eleonora Carboni, Lars Tatenhorst, Lars Tönges, Elisabeth Barski, Vivian Dambeck, Mathias Bähr, Paul Lingor
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder, and its causes remain unknown. A major hallmark of the disease is the increasing presence of aggregated alpha-synuclein (aSyn). Furthermore, there is a solid consensus on iron (Fe) accumulation in several regions of PD brains during disease progression. In our study, we focused on the interaction of Fe and aggregating aSyn in vivo in a transgenic mouse model overexpressing human aSyn bearing the A53T mutation (prnp.aSyn.A53T). We utilized a neonatal iron-feeding model to exacerbate the motor phenotype of the transgenic mouse model...
June 16, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619113/mechanisms-underlying-extensive-ser129-phosphorylation-in-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregates
#9
Shigeki Arawaka, Hiroyasu Sato, Asuka Sasaki, Shingo Koyama, Takeo Kato
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized neuropathologically by intracellular aggregates of fibrillar α-synuclein, termed Lewy bodies (LBs). Approximately 90% of α-synuclein deposited as LBs is phosphorylated at Ser129 in brains with PD. In contrast, only 4% of total α-synuclein is phosphorylated at Ser129 in brains with normal individuals. It is unclear why extensive phosphorylation occurs in the pathological process of PD. To address this issue, we investigated a mechanism and role of Ser129-phosphorylation in regulating accumulation of α-synuclein...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615430/characterization-of-patients-with-longstanding-idiopathic-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
#10
Alex Iranzo, Ambra Stefani, Monica Serradell, Maria Jose Martí, Francisco Lomeña, Philipp Mahlknecht, Heike Stockner, Carles Gaig, Ana Fernández-Arcos, Werner Poewe, Eduard Tolosa, Birgit Högl, Joan Santamaria
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the presence of prodromal markers of Parkinson disease (PD) in patients with longstanding idiopathic REM sleep behavior disorder (IRBD), a small subgroup of individuals with IRBD with long-term follow-up thought not to be at risk of developing PD. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and neuroimaging markers of PD were evaluated in 20 patients with polysomnographic-confirmed long-standing IRBD and in 32 matched controls. RESULTS: Patients were 16 men and 4 women with mean age of 72...
June 14, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614796/%C3%AE-synuclein-in-gut-endocrine-cells-and-its-implications-for-parkinson-s-disease
#11
Rashmi Chandra, Annie Hiniker, Yien-Ming Kuo, Robert L Nussbaum, Rodger A Liddle
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with devastating clinical manifestations. In PD, neuronal death is associated with intracellular aggregates of the neuronal protein α-synuclein known as Lewy bodies. Although the cause of sporadic PD is not well understood, abundant clinical and pathological evidence show that misfolded α-synuclein is found in enteric nerves before it appears in the brain. This suggests a model in which PD pathology originates in the gut and spreads to the central nervous system via cell-to-cell prion-like propagation, such that transfer of misfolded α-synuclein initiates misfolding of native α-synuclein in recipient cells...
June 15, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614652/taking-a-bite-out-of-amyloid-mechanistic-insights-into-%C3%AE-synuclein-degradation-by-cathepsin-l
#12
Ryan P McGlinchey, Gifty Dominah, Jennifer C Lee
A common hallmark of amyloids is their resistance to an array of proteases, highlighting the difficulty in degrading these disease-related aggregated proteinaceous materials. Here, we report on the potent activity of cathepsin L (CtsL), a lysosomal protease that proteolyzes the Parkinson's disease-related amyloid formed by α-synuclein (α-syn). Using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy, an elegant mechanism is revealed on the residue and ultrastructural level, respectively...
June 14, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611062/selective-imaging-of-internalized-proteopathic-%C3%AE-synuclein-seeds-in-primary-neurons-reveals-mechanistic-insight-into-transmission-of-synucleinopathies
#13
Richard J Karpowicz, Conor M Haney, Tiberiu S Mihaila, Raizel M Sandler, E James Petersson, Virginia M-Y Lee
Direct cell-to-cell transmission of proteopathic alpha-synuclein (α-syn) aggregates is thought to underlie the progression of neurodegenerative synucleinopathies. However, the specific intracellular processes governing this transmission remain unclear because currently-available model systems are limited. For example, in cell culture models of α-syn-seeded aggregation, it is difficult to discern intracellular from extracellular exogenously applied α-syn seed species. Herein, we employed fluorescently labeled α-syn preformed fibrils (pffs) in conjunction with the membrane-impermeable fluorescence quencher trypan blue to selectively image internalized α-syn seeds in cultured primary neurons and to quantitatively characterize the concentration dependence, time course, and inhibition of pff uptake...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599681/brain-derived-exosomes-from-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-propagate-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology
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Jennifer Ngolab, Ivy Trinh, Edward Rockenstein, Michael Mante, Jazmin Florio, Margarita Trejo, Deborah Masliah, Anthony Adame, Eliezer Masliah, Robert A Rissman
Proteins implicated in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) have been identified in bodily fluids encased in extracellular vesicles called exosomes. Whether exosomes found in DLB patients can transmit pathology is not clear. In this study, exosomes were successfully harvested through ultracentrifugation from brain tissue from DLB and AD patients as well as non-diseased brain tissue. Exosomes extracted from brains diagnosed with either AD or DLB contained aggregate-prone proteins...
June 9, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598856/glucocerebrosidase-mutations-in-parkinson-disease
#15
Grace O'Regan, Ruth-Mary deSouza, Roberta Balestrino, A H Schapira
Following the discovery of a higher than expected incidence of Parkinson Disease (PD) in Gaucher disease, a lysosomal storage disorder, mutations in the glucocerebrocidase (GBA) gene, which encodes a lysosomal enzyme involved in sphingolipid degradation were explored in the context of idiopathic PD. GBA mutations are now known to be the single largest risk factor for development of idiopathic PD. Clinically, on imaging and pharmacologically, GBA PD is almost identical to idiopathic PD. In patients with a known GBA mutation, it is possible to monitor for prodromal signs of PD...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592304/post-translational-changes-to-%C3%AE-synuclein-control-iron-and-dopamine-trafficking-a-concept-for-neuron-vulnerability-in-parkinson-s-disease
#16
REVIEW
James A Duce, Bruce X Wong, Hannah Durham, Jean-Christophe Devedjian, David P Smith, David Devos
Parkinson's disease is a multifactorial neurodegenerative disorder, the aetiology of which remains elusive. The primary clinical feature of progressively impaired motor control is caused by a loss of midbrain substantia nigra dopamine neurons that have a high α-synuclein (α-syn) and iron content. α-Syn is a neuronal protein that is highly modified post-translationally and central to the Lewy body neuropathology of the disease. This review provides an overview of findings on the role post translational modifications to α-syn have in membrane binding and intracellular vesicle trafficking...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579939/the-role-of-co-chaperones-in-synaptic-proteostasis-and-neurodegenerative-disease
#17
REVIEW
Erica L Gorenberg, Sreeganga S Chandra
Synapses must be preserved throughout an organism's lifespan to allow for normal brain function and behavior. Synapse maintenance is challenging given the long distances between the termini and the cell body, reliance on axonal transport for delivery of newly synthesized presynaptic proteins, and high rates of synaptic vesicle exo- and endocytosis. Hence, synapses rely on efficient proteostasis mechanisms to preserve their structure and function. To this end, the synaptic compartment has specific chaperones to support its functions...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578695/sirt1-ameliorates-oxidative-stress-induced-neural-cell-death-and-is-down-regulated-in-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Preeti Singh, Peter S Hanson, Christopher M Morris
BACKGROUND: Sirtuins (SIRTs) are NAD(+) dependent lysine deacetylases which are conserved from bacteria to humans and have been associated with longevity and lifespan extension. SIRT1, the best studied mammalian SIRT is involved in many physiological and pathological processes and changes in SIRT1 have been implicated in neurodegenerative disorders, with SIRT1 having a suggested protective role in Parkinson's disease. In this study, we determined the effect of SIRT1 on cell survival and α-synuclein aggregate formation in SH-SY5Y cells following oxidative stress...
June 2, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573674/overexpression-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-an-astrocyte-cell-line-promotes-autophagy-inhibition-and-apoptosis
#19
Adolfo Garcia Erustes, Fernanda Yakel Stefani, Juliana Yoshie Terashima, Roberta Sessa Stilhano, Priscila Totarelli Monteforte, Gustavo José da Silva Pereira, Sang Won Han, Andrana Karla Calgarotto, Yi-Te Hsu, Rodrigo Portes Ureshino, Cláudia Bincoletto, Soraya Soubhi Smaili
α-Synuclein is the major component of neuronal cytoplasmic aggregates called Lewy bodies, the main pathological hallmark of Parkinson disease. Although neurons are the predominant cells expressing α-synuclein in the brain, recent studies have demonstrated that primary astrocytes in culture also express α-synuclein and regulate α-synuclein trafficking. Astrocytes have a neuroprotective role in several detrimental brain conditions; we therefore analyzed the effects of the overexpression of wild-type α-synuclein and its A30P and A53T mutants on autophagy and apoptosis...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571556/interactions-of-vdac-with-proteins-involved-in-neurodegenerative-aggregation-an-opportunity-for-advancement-on-therapeutic-molecules
#20
Andrea Magrì, Angela Messina
The Voltage Dependent Anion Channel (VDAC) proteins represent the most important pore-forming proteins of the mitochondrial outer membrane, directly involved in metabolism and apoptosis regulation. The recent literature has highlighted a key role of VDACs in mitochondrial dysfunction typical of many neurodegenerative disorders. In particular, the principal isoform VDAC1 represents the main mitochondrial docking site of many misfolded proteins, such as amyloid β and Tau in Alzheimer's disease, α-synuclein in Parkinson's disease and several SOD1 mutants in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...
May 31, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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