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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181693/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-tdp-with-multiple-system-atrophy-phenocopy-syndrome
#1
Ana Luísa Sousa, Ricardo Taipa, Niall Quinn, Tamas Revesz, Manuel Melo Pires, Marina Magalhães
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a neurodegenerative disorder presenting with parkinsonism, cerebellar involvement, autonomic dysfunction and pyramidal signs (1). Two main clinical subtypes of MSA are recognized: a parkinsonian-type (MSA-P) associated with predominant nigrostriatal degeneration and a cerebellar-type (MSA-C) with predominant olivopontocerebellar atrophy. A 'definite' diagnosis requires pathological confirmation with demonstration of glial cytoplasmic inclusions comprising alpha-synuclein protein aggregates (1)...
February 9, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160067/tau-aggregation-influences-cognition-and-hippocampal-atrophy-in-the-absence-of-beta-amyloid-a-clinico-imaging-pathological-study-of-primary-age-related-tauopathy-part
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Keith A Josephs, Melissa E Murray, Nirubol Tosakulwong, Jennifer L Whitwell, David S Knopman, Mary M Machulda, Stephen D Weigand, Bradley F Boeve, Kejal Kantarci, Leonard Petrucelli, Val J Lowe, Clifford R Jack, Ronald C Petersen, Joseph E Parisi, Dennis W Dickson
We investigate whether there is any association between the Braak neurofibrillary tangle (NFT) stage and clinical and MRI features in definite primary age-related tauopathy (PART). We analysed 52 cases with a Braak NFT tangle stage >0 and ≤IV, and a Thal phase of 0 (no beta-amyloid present). Twenty-nine (56%) were female. Median age at death was 88 years (IQR 82-92 years). Fifteen (29%) were TDP-positive (75% TDP stage I), 16 (31%) had argyrophilic grain disease and three (6%) had alpha-synuclein-positive Lewy bodies...
February 3, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130586/gene-therapy-approaches-in-the-non-human-primate-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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D Pignataro, D Sucunza, A J Rico, I G Dopeso-Reyes, E Roda, A I Rodríguez-Perez, J L Labandeira-Garcia, V Broccoli, S Kato, K Kobayashi, José L Lanciego
The field of gene therapy has recently witnessed a number of major conceptual changes. Besides the traditional thinking that comprises the use of viral vectors for the delivery of a given therapeutic gene, a number of original approaches have been recently envisaged, focused on using vectors carrying genes to further modify basal ganglia circuits of interest. It is expected that these approaches will ultimately induce a therapeutic potential being sustained by gene-induced changes in brain circuits. Among others, at present, it is technically feasible to use viral vectors to (1) achieve a controlled release of neurotrophic factors, (2) conduct either a transient or permanent silencing of any given basal ganglia circuit of interest, (3) perform an in vivo cellular reprogramming by promoting the conversion of resident cells into dopaminergic-like neurons, and (4) improving levodopa efficacy over time by targeting aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126589/biochemical-analysis-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-extracted-from-control-and-parkinson-s-disease-colonic-biopsies
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Anne-Gaëlle Corbillé, Cécile Preterre, Malvyne Rolli-Derkinderen, Emmanuel Coron, Michel Neunlist, Thibaud Lebouvier, Pascal Derkinderen
Lewy bodies and neurites, the pathological hallmarks found in the brain of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, are primarily composed of aggregated and hyperphosphorylated alpha-synuclein. The observation that alpha-synuclein inclusions are also found in the gut of the vast majority of parkinsonian patients has led to an increasing number of studies aimed at developing diagnostic procedures based on the detection of pathological alpha-synuclein in gastrointestinal biopsies. The previous studies, which have all used immunohistochemistry for the detection of alpha-synuclein, have provided conflicting results...
January 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112214/evidence-for-intramolecular-antiparallel-beta-sheet-structure-in-alpha-synuclein-fibrils-from-a-combination-of-two-dimensional-infrared-spectroscopy-and-atomic-force-microscopy
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Steven J Roeters, Aditya Iyer, Galja Pletikapić, Vladimir Kogan, Vinod Subramaniam, Sander Woutersen
The aggregation of the intrinsically disordered protein alpha-synuclein (αS) into amyloid fibrils is thought to play a central role in the pathology of Parkinson's disease. Using a combination of techniques (AFM, UV-CD, XRD, and amide-I 1D- and 2D-IR spectroscopy) we show that the structure of αS fibrils varies as a function of ionic strength: fibrils aggregated in low ionic-strength buffers ([NaCl] ≤ 25 mM) have a significantly different structure than fibrils grown in higher ionic-strength buffers...
January 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108469/blood-rna-biomarkers-in-prodromal-park4-and-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder-show-role-of-complexin-1-loss-for-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Suna Lahut, Suzana Gispert, Özgür Ömür, Candan Depboylu, Kay Seidel, Jorge Antolio Domínguez-Bautista, Nadine Brehm, Hülya Tireli, Karl Hackmann, Caroline Pirkevi, Barbara Leube, Vincent Ries, Kerstin Reim, Nils Brose, Wilfred F den Dunnen, Madrid Johnson, Zsuzsanna Wolf, Marc Schindewolf, Wiebke Schrempf, Kathrin Reetz, Peter Young, David Vadasz, Achilleas S Frangakis, Evelin Schröck, Helmuth Steinmetz, Marina Jendrach, Udo Rüb, Ayşe Nazlı Başak, Wolfgang Oertel, Georg Auburger
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a frequent neurodegenerative process at old age. Accumulation and aggregation of the lipid-binding SNARE complex component alpha-synuclein (SNCA) underlies this vulnerability and defines stages of disease progression. Determinants of SNCA levels and mechanisms of SNCA neurotoxicity are intensely investigated. In view of physiological SNCA roles in blood to modulate vesicle release, we studied blood samples from a new large pedigree with SNCA gene duplication (PARK4 mutation), to identify effects of SNCA gain-of-function as potential disease biomarkers...
January 20, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092083/role-of-dopamine-d2-d3-receptors-in-development-plasticity-and-neuroprotection-in-human-ipsc-derived-midbrain-dopaminergic-neurons
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Federica Bono, Paola Savoia, Adele Guglielmi, Massimo Gennarelli, Giovanna Piovani, Sandra Sigala, Damiana Leo, Stefano Espinoza, Raul R Gainetdinov, Paola Devoto, PierFranco Spano, Cristina Missale, Chiara Fiorentini
The role of dopamine D2 and D3 receptors (D2R/D3R), located on midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons, in the regulation of DA synthesis and release and in DA neuron homeostasis has been extensively investigated in rodent animal models. By contrast, the properties of D2R/D3R in human DA neurons have not been elucidated yet. On this line, the use of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) for producing any types of cells has offered the innovative opportunity for investigating the human neuronal phenotypes at the molecular levels...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069058/endosulfine-alpha-inhibits-membrane-induced-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-and-protects-against-%C3%AE-synuclein-neurotoxicity
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Daniel Ysselstein, Benjamin Dehay, Isabel M Costantino, George P McCabe, Matthew P Frosch, Julia M George, Erwan Bezard, Jean-Christophe Rochet
Neuropathological and genetic findings suggest that the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn) is involved in the pathogenesis of synucleinopathy disorders, including Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy. Evidence suggests that the self-assembly of aSyn conformers bound to phospholipid membranes in an aggregation-prone state plays a key role in aSyn neurotoxicity. Accordingly, we hypothesized that protein binding partners of lipid-associated aSyn could inhibit the formation of toxic aSyn oligomers at membrane surfaces...
January 10, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068606/trehalose-does-not-improve-neuronal-survival-on-exposure-to-alpha-synuclein-pre-formed-fibrils
#9
Matthew Redmann, Willayat Y Wani, Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Victor Darley-Usmar, Jianhua Zhang
Parkinson's disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that is pathologically characterized by intracellular inclusions comprised primarily of alpha-synuclein (αSyn) that can also be transmitted from neuron to neuron. Several lines of evidence suggest that these inclusions cause neurodegeneration. Thus exploring strategies to improve neuronal survival in neurons with αSyn aggregates is critical. Previously, exposure to αSyn pre-formed fibrils (PFFs) has been shown to induce aggregation of endogenous αSyn resulting in cell death that is exacerbated by either starvation or inhibition of mTOR by rapamycin, both of which are able to induce autophagy, an intracellular protein degradation pathway...
January 3, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057080/combination-of-alpha-synuclein-immunotherapy-with-anti-inflammatory-treatment-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-multiple-system-atrophy
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Elvira Valera, Brian Spencer, Jerel A Fields, Ivy Trinh, Anthony Adame, Michael Mante, Edward Rockenstein, Paula Desplats, Eliezer Masliah
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the pathological accumulation of alpha-synuclein (α-syn) in oligodendrocytes. Therapeutic efforts to stop or delay the progression of MSA have yielded suboptimal results in clinical trials, and there are no efficient treatments currently available for MSA patients. We hypothesize that combining therapies targeting different aspects of the disease may lead to better clinical outcomes. To test this hypothesis, we combined the use of a single-chain antibody targeting α-syn modified for improved central nervous system penetration (CD5-D5) with an unconventional anti-inflammatory treatment (lenalidomide) in the myelin basic protein (MBP)-α-syn transgenic mouse model of MSA...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057070/distinct-pattern-of-enteric-phospho-alpha-synuclein-aggregates-and-gene-expression-profiles-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Martina Barrenschee, Dimitri Zorenkov, Martina Böttner, Christina Lange, François Cossais, Amelie Bernadette Scharf, Günther Deuschl, Susanne A Schneider, Mark Ellrichmann, Annette Fritscher-Ravens, Thilo Wedel
Phosphorylated alpha-synuclein (p-α-syn) containing Lewy bodies (LBs) and Lewy neurites (LNs) are neuropathological hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD) in the central nervous system (CNS). Since they have been also demonstrated in the enteric nervous system (ENS) of PD patients, the aim of the study was to analyze enteric p-α-syn positive aggregates and intestinal gene expression. Submucosal rectal biopsies were obtained from patients with PD and controls and processed for dual-label-immunohistochemistry for p-α-syn and PGP 9...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030591/aggregated-alpha-synuclein-transfer-efficiently-between-cultured-human-neuron-like-cells-and-localize-to-lysosomes
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Jakob Domert, Christopher Sackmann, Emelie Severinsson, Lotta Agholme, Joakim Bergström, Martin Ingelsson, Martin Hallbeck
Parkinson's disease and other alpha-synucleinopathies are progressive neurodegenerative diseases characterized by aggregates of misfolded alpha-synuclein spreading throughout the brain. Recent evidence suggests that the pathological progression is likely due to neuron-to-neuron transfer of these aggregates between neuroanatomically connected areas of the brain. As the impact of this pathological spreading mechanism is currently debated, we aimed to investigate the transfer and subcellular location of alpha-synuclein species in a novel 3D co-culture human cell model based on highly differentiated SH-SY5Y cells...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028735/mapping-of-surface-exposed-epitopes-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-aggregated-species-of-alpha-synuclein
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Leire Almandoz-Gil, Veronica Lindström, Jessica Sigvardson, Philipp J Kahle, Lars Lannfelt, Martin Ingelsson, Joakim Bergström
Aggregated alpha-synuclein is the main component of Lewy bodies, intraneuronal deposits observed in Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. The objective of the study was to identify surface-exposed epitopes of alpha-synuclein in vitro and in vivo formed aggregates. Polyclonal immunoglobulin Y antibodies were raised against short linear peptides of the alpha-synuclein molecule. An epitope in the N-terminal region (1-10) and all C-terminal epitopes (90-140) were found to be exposed in an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) using recombinant monomeric, oligomeric, and fibrillar alpha-synuclein...
December 27, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024449/effects-of-different-force-fields-on-the-structural-character-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-%C3%AE-hairpin-peptide-35-56-in-aqueous-environment
#14
Sangeeta Kundu
The hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) is the intracellular protein aggregation forming Lewy Bodies (LB) and Lewy neuritis which comprise mostly of a protein, alpha synuclein (α-syn). Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation methods can augment experimental techniques to understand misfolding and aggregation pathways with atomistic resolution. The quality of MD simulations for proteins and peptides depends greatly on the accuracy of empirical force fields. The aim of this work is to investigate the effects of different force fields on the structural character of β hairpin fragment of α-syn (residues 35-56) peptide in aqueous solution...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993598/role-of-neurotoxicants-and-traumatic-brain-injury-in-%C3%AE-synuclein-protein-misfolding-and-aggregation
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Dharmin Rokad, Shivani Ghaisas, Dilshan S Harischandra, Huajun Jin, Vellareddy Anantharam, Arthi Kanthasamy, Anumantha G Kanthasamy
Protein misfolding and aggregation are key pathological features of many neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD) and other forms of human Parkinsonism. PD is a complex and multifaceted disorder whose etiology is not fully understood. However, several lines of evidence support the multiple hit hypothesis that genetic vulnerability and environmental toxicants converge to trigger PD pathology. Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) aggregation in the brain is an important pathophysiological characteristic of synucleinopathies including PD...
December 16, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966077/prolyl-oligopeptidase-regulates-dopamine-transporter-phosphorylation-in-the-nigrostriatal-pathway-of-mouse
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Ulrika H Julku, Anne E Panhelainen, Saija E Tiilikainen, Reinis Svarcbahs, Anne E Tammimäki, T Petteri Piepponen, Mari H Savolainen, Timo T Myöhänen
Alpha-synuclein is the main component of Lewy bodies, a histopathological finding of Parkinson's disease. Prolyl oligopeptidase (PREP) is a serine protease that binds to α-synuclein and accelerates its aggregation in vitro. PREP enzyme inhibitors have been shown to block the α-synuclein aggregation process in vitro and in cellular models, and also to enhance the clearance of α-synuclein aggregates in transgenic mouse models. Moreover, PREP inhibitors have induced alterations in dopamine and metabolite levels, and dopamine transporter immunoreactivity in the nigrostriatal tissue...
December 13, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965913/blood-plasma-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-increases-alpha-synuclein-aggregation-and-neurotoxicity
#17
Peng Wang, Xin Li, Xuran Li, Weiwei Yang, Shun Yu
A pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) is formation of Lewy bodies in neurons of the brain. This has been attributed to the spread of α-synuclein (α-syn) aggregates, which involves release of α-syn from a neuron and its reuptake by a neighboring neuron. We found that treatment with plasma from PD patients induced more α-syn phosphorylation and oligomerization than plasma from normal subjects (NS). Compared with NS plasma, PD plasma added to primary neuron cultures caused more cell death in the presence of extracellular α-syn...
2016: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965467/microrna-expressing-profiles-in-a53t-mutant-alpha-synuclein-transgenic-mice-and-parkinsonian
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Mingshu Mo, Yousheng Xiao, Shuxuan Huang, Luan Cen, Xiang Chen, Limin Zhang, Qin Luo, Shaomin Li, Xinling Yang, Xian Lin, Pingyi Xu
α-synuclein gene mutations can cause α-synuclein protein aggregation in the midbrain of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a key role in the metabolism of α-synuclein but the mechanism involved in synucleinopathy remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the miRNA profiles in A53T-α-synuclein transgenic mice and analyzed the candidate miRNAs in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of PD patients. The 12-month A53T-transgenic mouse displayed hyperactive movement and anxiolytic-like behaviors with α-synuclein aggregation in midbrain...
January 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939273/dimerization-of-tyr136cys-alpha-synuclein-prevents-amyloid-transformation-of-wild-type-alpha-synuclein
#19
K V Barinova, M L Kuravsky, A M Arutyunyan, M V Serebryakova, E V Schmalhausen, V I Muronetz
Expression of human alpha-synuclein in E. coli cells is known to result in a mixture of the wild type alpha-synuclein and the protein containing Tyr136Cys substitution due to the translational error. The amount of Cys136 alpha-synuclein (Cys136-AS) may reach approximately 50% of the recombinant protein. The wild-type and Cys136-containing fractions of alpha-synuclein were separated using thiol-Sepharose, and their properties were investigated. In the absence of reducing agents, Cys136-AS forms dimers due to the disulfide bonding...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938414/the-effects-of-the-novel-a53e-alpha-synuclein-mutation-on-its-oligomerization-and-aggregation
#20
Diana F Lázaro, Mariana Castro Dias, Anita Carija, Susanna Navarro, Carolina Silva Madaleno, Sandra Tenreiro, Salvador Ventura, Tiago F Outeiro
α-synuclein (aSyn) is associated with both sporadic and familial forms of Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease. In particular, multiplications and point mutations in the gene encoding for aSyn cause familial forms of PD. Moreover, the accumulation of aSyn in Lewy Bodies and Lewy neurites in disorders such as PD, dementia with Lewy bodies, or multiple system atrophy, suggests aSyn misfolding and aggregation plays an important role in these disorders, collectively known as synucleinopathies...
December 9, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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