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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323023/internalization-axonal-transport-and-release-of-fibrillar-forms-of-alpha-synuclein
#1
Gregor Bieri, Aaron D Gitler, Michel Brahic
Intra-neuronal protein aggregates made of fibrillar alpha-synuclein (α-syn) are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD). With time, these aggregates spread through the brain following axonal projections. Understanding the mechanism of this spread is central to the study of the progressive nature of PD. Here we review data relevant to the uptake, transport and release of α-syn fibrils. We summarize several cell surface receptors that regulate the uptake of α-syn fibrils by neurons. The aggregates are then transported along axons, both in the anterograde and retrograde direction...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319736/structural-variants-in-snca-gene-and-the-implication-to-synucleinopathies
#2
REVIEW
Ornit Chiba-Falek
Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative diseases that share a common pathological lesion of intracellular protein inclusions largely composed of aggregates of alpha-synuclein protein. Accumulating evidence, including genome-wide association studies, has implicated the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene in the etiology of synucleinopathies and it has been suggested that SNCA expression levels are critical for the development of these diseases. This review focuses on genetic variants from the class of structural variants (SVs), including multiplication of large genomic segments and short (<50bp) genomic variants such as simple sequence repeats (SSRs), within the SNCA locus...
March 2, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259991/the-involvement-of-eag1-potassium-channels-and-mir-34a-in-rotenone-induced-death-of-dopaminergic-sh-sy5y-cells
#3
Camila Hillesheim Horst, Ricardo Titze-de-Almeida, Simoneide Souza Titze-de-Almeida
The loss of dopaminergic neurons and the resultant motor impairment are hallmarks of Parkinson's disease. The SH‑SY5Y cell line is a model of dopaminergic neurons, and allows for the study of dopaminergic neuronal injury. Previous studies have revealed changes in Ether à go‑go 1 (Eag1) potassium channel expression during p53-induced SH‑SY5Y apoptosis, and the regulatory involvement of microRNA‑34a (miR‑34a) was demonstrated. In the present study, the involvement of Eag1 and miR‑34a in rotenone‑induced SH‑SY5Y cell injury was investigated...
February 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257421/the-mechanism-of-sirtuin-2-mediated-exacerbation-of-alpha-synuclein-toxicity-in-models-of-parkinson-disease
#4
Rita Machado de Oliveira, Hugo Vicente Miranda, Laetitia Francelle, Raquel Pinho, Éva M Szegö, Renato Martinho, Francesca Munari, Diana F Lázaro, Sébastien Moniot, Patrícia Guerreiro, Luis Fonseca, Zrinka Marijanovic, Pedro Antas, Ellen Gerhardt, Francisco Javier Enguita, Bruno Fauvet, Deborah Penque, Teresa Faria Pais, Qiang Tong, Stefan Becker, Sebastian Kügler, Hilal Ahmed Lashuel, Clemens Steegborn, Markus Zweckstetter, Tiago Fleming Outeiro
Sirtuin genes have been associated with aging and are known to affect multiple cellular pathways. Sirtuin 2 was previously shown to modulate proteotoxicity associated with age-associated neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer and Parkinson disease (PD). However, the precise molecular mechanisms involved remain unclear. Here, we provide mechanistic insight into the interplay between sirtuin 2 and α-synuclein, the major component of the pathognomonic protein inclusions in PD and other synucleinopathies...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257086/high-throughput-screening-methodology-to-identify-alpha-synuclein-aggregation-inhibitors
#5
Jordi Pujols, Samuel Peña-Díaz, María Conde-Giménez, Francisca Pinheiro, Susanna Navarro, Javier Sancho, Salvador Ventura
An increasing number of neurodegenerative diseases are being found to be associated with the abnormal accumulation of aggregated proteins in the brain. In Parkinson's disease, this process involves the aggregation of alpha-synuclein (α-syn) into intraneuronal inclusions. Thus, compounds that inhibit α-syn aggregation represent a promising therapeutic strategy as disease-modifying agents for neurodegeneration. The formation of α-syn amyloid aggregates can be reproduced in vitro by incubation of the recombinant protein...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181693/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-tdp-with-multiple-system-atrophy-phenocopy-syndrome
#6
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
#7
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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REVIEW
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
#9
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
#10
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
#13
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
#14
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...
April 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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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...
January 23, 2017: 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
#20
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
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