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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/28078311/common-variant-rs356182-near-snca-defines-a-parkinson-s-disease-endophenotype
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Christine A Cooper, Nimansha Jain, Michael D Gallagher, Daniel Weintraub, Sharon X Xie, Yosef Berlyand, Alberto J Espay, Joseph Quinn, Karen L Edwards, Thomas Montine, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Trojanowski, Cyrus P Zabetian, Alice S Chen-Plotkin
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) presents clinically with several motor subtypes that exhibit variable treatment response and prognosis. Here, we investigated genetic variants for their potential association with PD motor phenotype and progression. METHODS: We screened 10 SNPs, previously associated with PD risk, for association with tremor-dominant (TD) versus postural-instability gait disorder (PIGD) motor subtypes. SNPs that correlated with the TD/PIGD ratio in a discovery cohort of 251 PD patients were then evaluated in a multi-site replication cohort of 559 PD patients...
January 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071698/increased-levels-of-csf-total-but-not-oligomeric-or-phosphorylated-forms-of-alpha-synuclein-in-patients-diagnosed-with-probable-alzheimer-s-disease
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Nour K Majbour, Davide Chiasserini, Nishant N Vaikath, Paolo Eusebi, Takahiko Tokuda, Wilma van de Berg, Lucilla Parnetti, Paolo Calabresi, Omar M A El-Agnaf
Several studies reported an association between CSF alpha-synuclein (α-syn) and tau in Alzheimer's disease (AD), and demonstrated the significance of α-syn in improving the diagnostic sensitivity/specificity of classical AD CSF biomarkers. In the current study, we measured CSF levels of different α-syn species in a cohort of AD patients (n = 225) who showed a CSF profile typical of AD at baseline as well as in cognitively intact controls (n = 68). CSF total α-syn (t-α-syn) significantly increased in the AD group (p < 0...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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
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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/28062370/treadmill-exercise-alleviates-motor-deficits-and-improves-mitochondrial-import-machinery-in-an-mptp-induced-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Jung-Hoon Koo, Joon-Yong Cho, Ung-Bae Lee
Alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) accumulation is significantly correlated with motor deficits and mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson's disease (PD), but the molecular mechanism underlying its pathogenesis is unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of treadmill exercise on motor deficits and mitochondrial dysfunction in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced mouse model of PD. Treadmill exercise inhibited dopaminergic neuron loss by promoting the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine transporter (DAT) and seemed to improve cell survival by reducing α-Syn expression...
January 3, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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/28050792/alpha-synuclein-alters-differently-gene-expression-of-sirts-parps-and-other-stress-response-proteins-implications-for-neurodegenerative-disorders
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J Motyl, P L Wencel, M Cieślik, R P Strosznajder, J B Strosznajder
Alpha-synuclein (ASN) is a presynaptic protein that can easily change its conformation under different types of stress. It's assumed that ASN plays an important role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. However, the molecular mechanism of ASN toxicity has not been elucidated. This study focused on the role of extracellular ASN (eASN) in regulation of transcription of sirtuins (Sirts) and DNA-bound poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) - proteins crucial for cells' survival/death. Our results indicate that eASN enhanced the free radicals level, decreased mitochondria membrane potential, cells viability and activated cells' death...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042771/oxidative-stress-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-and-antioxidants-regulate-expression-levels-of-micrornas-in-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Kedar N Prasad
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a slow progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with abnormal function of extrapyramidal system. Although several biochemical and genetic defects have been identified, increased oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are one of the earliest events that initiate and promote PD. Oxidative stress also participates in impaired non-motor symptoms.The levels of microRNAs that are evolutionarily conserved single-stranded non-coding RNAs of approximately 22 nucleotide in length are altered in PD...
January 2, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042339/inhibition-by-multifunctional-magnetic-nanoparticles-loaded-with-alpha-synuclein-rnai-plasmid-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Shuiqin Niu, Ling-Kun Zhang, Li Zhang, Siyi Zhuang, Xiuyu Zhan, Wu-Ya Chen, Shiwei Du, Liang Yin, Rong You, Chu-Hua Li, Yan-Qing Guan
Lewy bodies are considered as the main pathological characteristics of Parkinson's disease (PD). The major component of Lewy bodies is α-synuclein (α-syn). The use of gene therapy that targeting and effectively interfere with the expression of α-syn in neurons has received tremendous attention. In this study, we used magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles coated with oleic acid molecules as a nano-carrier. N-isopropylacrylamide derivative (NIPAm-AA) was photo-immobilized onto the oleic acid molecules, and shRNA (short hairpin RNA) was absorbed...
2017: Theranostics
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/28028643/parkinson-s-a-syndrome-rather-than-a-disease
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REVIEW
Nataliya Titova, C Padmakumar, Simon J G Lewis, K Ray Chaudhuri
Emerging concepts suggest that a multitude of pathology ranging from misfolding of alpha-synuclein to neuroinflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and neurotransmitter driven alteration of brain neuronal networks lead to a syndrome that is commonly known as Parkinson's disease. The complex underlying pathology which may involve degeneration of non-dopaminergic pathways leads to the expression of a range of non-motor symptoms from the prodromal stage of Parkinson's to the palliative stage. Non-motor clinical subtypes, cognitive and non-cognitive, have now been proposed paving the way for possible subtype specific and non-motor treatments, a key unmet need currently...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
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
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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/28012952/frontotemporal-dementia-as-the-presenting-phenotype-of-p-a53t-mutation-carriers-in-the-alpha-synuclein-gene
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Anastasia Bougea, Christos Koros, Maria Stamelou, Athina Simitsi, Nikolaos Papagiannakis, Roubina Antonelou, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Marianthi Breza, Konstantinos Tasios, Stella Fragkiadaki, Xenia Geronicola Trapali, Mara Bourbouli, Georgios Koutsis, Sokratis G Papageorgiou, Elisabeth Kapaki, George P Paraskevas, Leonidas Stefanis
INTRODUCTION: The p.A53T point mutation in SNCA, the alpha-synuclein gene, has been linked to a rare dominant form of Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: Here, we describe two apparently unrelated cases of p.A53T (G209A) SNCA mutation carriers with an atypical initial manifestation and disease course. Moreover, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of tau, p-tau and amyloid Aβ42 were measured in these patients and in an additional cohort of 5 symptomatic and 2 asymptomatic p...
December 6, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998621/brain-tau-deposition-linked-to-systemic-causes-of-death-in-normal-elderly
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Keith A Josephs, Nirubol Tosakulwong, Stephen D Weigand, Melissa E Murray, Jennifer L Whitwell, Joseph E Parisi, Dennis W Dickson, Ronald C Petersen
The relationship between causes of death and 4 major neurodegenerative brain proteins (beta-amyloid, tau, alpha-synuclein, and the TAR DNA-binding protein of 43 kDa (TDP-43) were assessed in 94 cognitively normal elderly participants that died without a neurodegenerative disease. There was an association between tau and causes of death (p = 0.01). Tau in the brain was associated with a reduced likelihood of dying from systemic cancers (p = 0.046), and with an increased likelihood of dying from pulmonary (p = 0...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994545/more-than-a-rumor-spreads-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Natalia C Prymaczok, Roland Riek, Juan Gerez
As Parkinson's disease progresses, a massive loss of dopaminergic neurons is accompanied by accumulation of alpha-Synuclein (αSyn) neuronal inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites. Inclusions first appear in olfactory bulb and enteric neurons then in ascendant neuroanatomical interconnected areas, and finally, in late stages of the disease, Lewy bodies are observed in a substantia nigra pars compacta with clear signs of neuronal loss. It is believed that the spreading of Lewy bodies through the nervous system is a consequence of the cell-to-cell propagation of αSyn, that can occur via sequential steps of secretion and uptake...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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/27981207/dataset-of-total-oligomeric-alpha-synuclein-and-hemoglobin-levels-in-plasma-in-parkinson-s-disease
#20
A Emelyanov, P Andoskin, S Pchelina
This data article presents a dataset of total, oligomeric alpha-synuclein and hemoglobin levels in plasma of drug-naïve PD patients and controls. This is the first attempt to assess the effect of hemolysis rate on oligomeric alpha-synuclein levels in peripheral plasma. The data are associated with the research article "Oligomeric alpha-synuclein and glucocerebrosidase activity levels in GBA-associated Parkinson׳s disease" (Pchelina et al., 2016) [1].
February 2017: Data in Brief
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