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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731447/chromatin-bound-oxidized-%C3%AE-synuclein-causes-strand-breaks-in-neuronal-genomes-in-in-vitro-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Velmarini Vasquez, Joy Mitra, Pavana M Hegde, Arvind Pandey, Shiladitya Sengupta, Sankar Mitra, K S Rao, Muralidhar L Hegde
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) overexpression and misfolding/aggregation in degenerating dopaminergic neurons have long been implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The neurotoxicity of α-Syn is enhanced by iron (Fe) and other pro-oxidant metals, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species in PD brain. Although α-Syn is predominantly localized in presynaptic nerve terminals, a small fraction exists in neuronal nuclei. However, the functional and/or pathological role of nuclear α-Syn is unclear. Following up on our earlier report that α-Syn directly binds DNA in vitro, here we confirm the nuclear localization and chromatin association of α-Syn in neurons using proximity ligation and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722658/the-golgi-localized-gamma-ear-containing-arf-binding-gga-protein-family-alters-alpha-synuclein-%C3%AE-syn-oligomerization-and-secretion
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Bjoern von Einem, Judith Eschbach, Martin Kiechle, Anke Wahler, Dietmar R Thal, Pamela J McLean, Jochen H Weishaupt, Albert C Ludolph, Christine A F von Arnim, Karin M Danzer
Several age-related neurodegenerative disorders are associated with protein misfolding and aggregation of toxic peptides. α-synuclein (α-syn) aggregation and the resulting cytotoxicity is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) as well as dementia with Lewy bodies. Rising evidence points to oligomeric and pre-fibrillar forms as the pathogenic species, and oligomer secretion seems to be crucial for the spreading and progression of PD pathology. Recent studies implicate that dysfunctions in endolysosomal/autophagosomal pathways increase α-syn secretion...
July 15, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719185/small-molecule-enhancement-of-20s-proteasome-activity-targets-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
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Corey L Jones, Evert Njomen, Benita Sjogren, Thomas S Dexheimer, Jetze J Tepe
The 20S proteasome is the main protease for degradation of oxidatively damaged and intrinsically disordered proteins. When accumulation of disordered or oxidatively damaged proteins exceed proper clearance in neurons, imbalanced pathway signaling or aggregation occurs, which have been implicated in the pathogenesis of several neurological disor-ders. Screening of the NIH Clinical Collection and Prestwick libraries identified the neuroleptic agent chlorpromazine as a lead agent capable of enhancing 20S proteasome activity...
July 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711409/nortriptyline-inhibits-aggregation-and-neurotoxicity-of-alpha-synuclein-by-enhancing-reconfiguration-of-the-monomeric-form
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Timothy J Collier, Kinshuk R Srivastava, Craig Justman, Tom Grammatopoulous, Birgit Hutter-Paier, Manuela Prokesch, Daniel Havas, Jean-Christophe Rochet, Fang Liu, Kevin Jock, Patrícia de Oliveira, Georgia L Stirtz, Ulf Dettmer, Caryl E Sortwell, Mel B Feany, Peter Lansbury, Lisa Lapidus, Katrina L Paumier
The pathology of Parkinson's disease and other synucleinopathies is characterized by the formation of intracellular inclusions comprised primarily of misfolded, fibrillar α-synuclein (α-syn). One strategy to slow disease progression is to prevent the misfolding and aggregation of its native monomeric form. Here we present findings that support the contention that the tricyclic antidepressant compound nortriptyline (NOR) has disease-modifying potential for synucleinopathies. Findings from in vitro aggregation and kinetics assays support the view that NOR inhibits aggregation of α-syn by directly binding to the soluble, monomeric form, and by enhancing reconfiguration of the monomer, inhibits formation of toxic conformations of the protein...
July 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710275/a-ph-dependent-switch-promotes-%C3%AE-synuclein-fibril-formation-via-glutamate-residues
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Gina M Moriarty, Michael P Olson, Tamr B Atieh, Maria K Janowska, Sagar D Khare, Jean Baum
Alpha-synuclein (αS) is the primary protein associated with Parkinson's disease, and undergoes aggregation from its intrinsically disordered monomeric form to a cross-β fibrillar form. The closely related homolog beta-synuclein (βS) is essentially fibril resistant under cytoplasmic physiological conditions. Toxic gain of function by βS has been linked to dysfunction, but the aggregation behavior of βS under altered pH is not well understood. In this work, we compare fibril formation of αS and βS at pH 7...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707886/diarylheptanoids-from-rhizomes-of-alpinia-officinarum-inhibit-aggregation-of-alpha-synuclein
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Guangmiao Fu, Wei Zhang, Dongsheng Du, Yu Pong Ng, Fanny C F Ip, Rongbiao Tong, Nancy Y Ip
Two new diarylheptanoids, alpinins A (1) and B (2), together with eighteen known diarylheptanoids (3-20), were isolated from the rhizomes of Alpinia officinarum. Their structures were elucidated by comprehensive spectroscopic analysis including HRMS, IR, and 1D- and 2D-NMR. Structurally, alpinin A is a new member of the small family of oxa-bridged diarylheptanoids and contains the characteristic 2,6-cis-configured tetrahydropyran motif (C1-C5 oxa-bridge). The absolute configuration of alpinin A was confirmed by asymmetric total synthesis of the enantiomer (ent-1), corroborating the assignment of the molecular structure...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690195/low-molar-excess-of-4-oxo-2-nonenal-and-4-hydroxy-2-nonenal-promote-oligomerization-of-alpha-synuclein-through-different-pathways
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Leire Almandoz-Gil, Hedvig Welander, Elisabet Ihse, Payam Emami Khoonsari, Sravani Musunuri, Christofer Lendel, Jessica Sigvardson, Mikael Karlsson, Martin Ingelsson, Kim Kultima, Joakim Bergström
Aggregated alpha-synuclein is the main component of Lewy bodies, intraneuronal inclusions found in brains with Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. A body of evidence implicates oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of these diseases. For example, a large excess (30:1, aldehyde:protein) of the lipid peroxidation end products 4-oxo-2-nonenal (ONE) or 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE) can induce alpha-synuclein oligomer formation. The objective of the study was to investigate the effect of these reactive aldehydes on alpha-synuclein at a lower molar excess (3:1) at both physiological (7...
July 6, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676095/toll-like-receptor-4-stimulation-with-monophosphoryl-lipid-a-ameliorates-motor-deficits-and-nigral-neurodegeneration-triggered-by-extraneuronal-%C3%AE-synucleinopathy
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Serena Venezia, Violetta Refolo, Alexia Polissidis, Leonidas Stefanis, Gregor K Wenning, Nadia Stefanova
BACKGROUND: Alpha-synuclein (α-syn) aggregation represents the pathological hallmark of α-synucleinopathies like Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are a family of highly conserved molecules that recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns and define the innate immunity response. It was previously shown that TLR4 plays a role in the clearance of α-syn, suggesting that TLR4 up-regulation in microglia may be a natural mechanism to improve the clearance of α-syn...
July 4, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659169/the-novel-compound-pbt434-prevents-iron-mediated-neurodegeneration-and-alpha-synuclein-toxicity-in-multiple-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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David I Finkelstein, Jessica L Billings, Paul A Adlard, Scott Ayton, Amelia Sedjahtera, Colin L Masters, Simon Wilkins, David M Shackleford, Susan A Charman, Wojciech Bal, Izabela A Zawisza, Ewa Kurowska, Andrew L Gundlach, Sheri Ma, Ashley I Bush, Dominic J Hare, Philip A Doble, Simon Crawford, Elisabeth Cl Gautier, Jack Parsons, Penny Huggins, Kevin J Barnham, Robert A Cherny
Elevated iron in the SNpc may play a key role in Parkinson's disease (PD) neurodegeneration since drug candidates with high iron affinity rescue PD animal models, and one candidate, deferirpone, has shown efficacy recently in a phase two clinical trial. However, strong iron chelators may perturb essential iron metabolism, and it is not yet known whether the damage associated with iron is mediated by a tightly bound (eg ferritin) or lower-affinity, labile, iron pool. Here we report the preclinical characterization of PBT434, a novel quinazolinone compound bearing a moderate affinity metal-binding motif, which is in development for Parkinsonian conditions...
June 28, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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/28623611/deferiprone-rescues-behavioral-deficits-induced-by-mild-iron-exposure-in-a-mouse-model-of-alpha-synuclein-aggregation
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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/28611062/selective-imaging-of-internalized-proteopathic-%C3%AE-synuclein-seeds-in-primary-neurons-reveals-mechanistic-insight-into-transmission-of-synucleinopathies
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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/28598856/glucocerebrosidase-mutations-in-parkinson-disease
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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/28579939/the-role-of-co-chaperones-in-synaptic-proteostasis-and-neurodegenerative-disease
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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/28571531/c-abl-inhibition-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Ahmed Negida, Rasha Abdelsalam Elshenawy, Hossam Zein, Ali M Hammad, Ahmed Menshawy, Wael M Y Mohamed
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most prevalent movement disorder in the world. The major pathological hallmarks of PD are death of dopaminergic neurons and the formation of Lewy bodies. To the moment, there is no cure for PD; current treatments are symptomatic. Investigators are searching for neuroprotective agents and disease modifying strategies to slow the progress of PD. However, due to ignorance of the main pathological sequence of PD, many drug targets failed recently to provide neuroprotective effects in human trials...
June 1, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540131/parkinson-s-disease-microglial-macrophage-induced-immunoexcitotoxicity-as-a-central-mechanism-of-neurodegeneration
#16
REVIEW
Russell L Blaylock
Parkinson's disease is one of the several neurodegenerative disorders that affects aging individuals, with approximately 1% of those over the age of 60 years developing the disorder in their lifetime. The disease has the characteristics of a progressive disorder in most people, with a common pattern of pathological change occurring in the nervous system that extends beyond the classical striatal degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Earlier studies concluded that the disease was a disorder of alpha-synuclein, with the formation of aggregates of abnormal alpha-synuclein being characteristic...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534083/synthetic-alpha-synuclein-fibrils-cause-mitochondrial-impairment-and-selective-dopamine-neurodegeneration-in-part-via-inos-mediated-nitric-oxide-production
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Victor Tapias, Xiaoping Hu, Kelvin C Luk, Laurie H Sanders, Virginia M Lee, J Timothy Greenamyre
Intracellular accumulation of α-synuclein (α-syn) are hallmarks of synucleinopathies, including Parkinson's disease (PD). Exogenous addition of preformed α-syn fibrils (PFFs) into primary hippocampal neurons induced α-syn aggregation and accumulation. Likewise, intrastriatal inoculation of PFFs into mice and non-human primates generates Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites associated with PD-like neurodegeneration. Herein, we investigate the putative effects of synthetic human PFFs on cultured rat ventral midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons...
May 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450268/extensive-uptake-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers-in-astrocytes-results-in-sustained-intracellular-deposits-and-mitochondrial-damage
#18
Veronica Lindström, Gabriel Gustafsson, Laurie H Sanders, Evan H Howlett, Jessica Sigvardson, Alex Kasrayan, Martin Ingelsson, Joakim Bergström, Anna Erlandsson
The presence of Lewy bodies, mainly consisting of aggregated α-synuclein, is a pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). The α-synuclein inclusions are predominantly found in neurons, but also appear frequently in astrocytes. However, the pathological significance of α-synuclein inclusions in astrocytes and the capacity of glial cells to clear toxic α-synuclein species remain unknown. In the present study we investigated uptake, degradation and toxic effects of oligomeric α-synuclein in a co-culture system of primary neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes...
April 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439961/involvement-of-the-cerebellum-in-parkinson-disease-and-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Kay Seidel, Mohamed Bouzrou, Nina Heidemann, Rejko Krüger, Ludger Schöls, Wilfred F A den Dunnen, Horst-Werner Korf, Udo Rüb
Brains from patients with Parkinson disease or dementia with Lewy bodies show aggregation of alpha-synuclein in precerebellar brainstem structures. Furthermore, patients exhibit resting tremor, unstable gait, and impaired balance, which may be associated with cerebellar dysfunction. Therefore, we screened the cerebella of 12 patients with alpha-synucleinopathies for neuropathological changes. Cerebellar nuclei and neighboring white matter displayed numerous aggregates, whereas lobules were mildly affected. Cerebellar aggregation pathology may suggest a prionlike spread originating from affected precerebellar structures, and the high homogeneity between patients with dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson disease shows that both diseases likely belong to the same neuropathological spectrum...
June 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425704/an-ortho-iminoquinone-compound-reacts-with-lysine-inhibiting-aggregation-while-remodeling-mature-amyloid-fibrils
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Luiza Fernandes, Nathalia Moraes, Fernanda S Sagrillo, Augusto V Magalhães, Marcela C de Moraes, Luciana Romão, Jeffery W Kelly, Debora Foguel, Neil P Grimster, Fernando L Palhano
Protein aggregation is a hallmark of several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. It has been shown that lysine residues play a key role in the formation of these aggregates. Thus, the ability to disrupt aggregate formation by covalently modifying lysine residues could lead to the discovery of therapeutically relevant antiamyloidogenesis compounds. Herein, we demonstrate that an ortho-iminoquinone (IQ) can be utilized to inhibit amyloid aggregation. Using alpha-synuclein and Aβ1-40 as model amyloidogenic proteins, we observed that IQ was able to react with lysine residues and reduce amyloid aggregation...
May 4, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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