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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155051/peripheral-monocyte-entry-is-required-for-alpha-synuclein-induced-inflammation-and-neurodegeneration-in-a-model-of-parkinson-disease
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Ashley S Harms, Aaron D Thome, Zhaoqi Yan, Aubrey M Schonhoff, Gregory P Williams, Xinru Li, Yudong Liu, Hongwei Qin, Etty N Benveniste, David G Standaert
Accumulation of alpha-synuclein (α-syn) in the central nervous system (CNS) is a core feature of Parkinson disease (PD) that leads to activation of the innate immune system, production of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, and subsequent neurodegeneration. Here, we used heterozygous reporter knock-in mice in which the first exons of the fractalkine receptor (CX3CR1) and of the C-C chemokine receptor type 2 (CCR2) are replaced with fluorescent reporters to study the role of resident microglia (CX3CR1+) and infiltrating peripheral monocytes (CCR2+), respectively, in the CNS...
November 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150919/a-focus-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-alpha-synuclein-and-a-re-appraisal-of-synucleinopathies
#2
Larisa Ryskalin, Carla L Busceti, Fiona Limanaqi, Francesca Biagioni, Stefano Gambardella, Francesco Fornai
Alpha synuclein (α-syn) belongs to a class of proteins which are commonly considered to play a detrimental role in neuronal survival. This assumption is based on the occurrence of a severe neuronal degeneration in patients carrying a multiplication of the α-syn gene (SNCA) and in a variety of experimental models, where overexpression of α-syn leads to cell death and neurological impairment. In these conditions, a higher amount of normally structured α-syn produces a damage, which is even worse compared with that produced by α-syn owing an abnormal structure (as occurring following point gene mutations)...
November 16, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150334/a-routinely-used-protein-staining-dye-acts-as-an-inhibitor-of-wild-type-and-mutant-alpha-synuclein-aggregation-and-modulator-of-neurotoxicity
#3
Nuzhat Ahsan, Ibrar Ahmed Siddique, Sarika Gupta, Avadhesha Surolia
Inhibition of amyloid formation along with modulation of toxicity employing small molecules is emerging as a potential therapeutic approach for protein misfolding disorders which includes Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Multiple System Atrophy etc. Countless current interventional strategies for treating α-synucleinopathies consider using peptidic and non-peptidic inhibitors for arresting fibrillisation, disrupting existing fibrils and reducing associated toxicity. One group of molecules less exploited in this regard are triphenylmethane dyes...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149290/discovering-the-3-utr-mediated-regulation-of-alpha-synuclein
#4
Domenica Marchese, Teresa Botta-Orfila, Davide Cirillo, Juan Antonio Rodriguez, Carmen Maria Livi, Rubén Fernández-Santiago, Mario Ezquerra, Maria J Martí, Elias Bechara, Gian Gaetano Tartaglia
Recent evidence indicates a link between Parkinson's Disease (PD) and the expression of a-synuclein (SNCA) isoforms with different 3' untranslated regions (3'UTRs). Yet, the post-transcriptional mechanisms regulating SNCA expression are unknown. Using a large-scale in vitro/in silico screening we identified RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that interact with SNCA 3' UTRs. We identified two RBPs, ELAVL1 and TIAR, that bind with high affinity to the most abundant and translationally active 3' UTR isoform (575 nt)...
November 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143358/melatonin-improves-survival-and-respiratory-activity-of-yeast-cells-challenged-by-alpha-synuclein-and-menadione
#5
Mariana A Zampol, Mario H Barros
One of the hallmarks of Parkinson disease is α-synuclein aggregate deposition that leads to ER stress, Golgi fragmentation, and impaired energy metabolism with consequent redox imbalance. In the last decade, many studies have used Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model in order to explore the intracellular consequences of α-synuclein overexpression. In this study we propose to evaluate the respiratory outcome of yeast cells expressing α-synuclein. Cell viability, or growth on selective media for respiratory activity was mainly affected in the α-synuclein expressing cells if they were also treated with menadione, which stimulates ROS production...
November 16, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142509/using-an-nmr-metabolomics-approach-to-investigate-the-pathogenicity-of-amyloid-beta-and-alpha-synuclein
#6
M M Phelan, E Caamaño-Gutiérrez, M S Gant, R X Grosman, J Madine
Introduction: The pathogenicity at differing points along the aggregation pathway of many fibril-forming proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases is unclear. Understanding the effect of different aggregation states of these proteins on cellular processes is essential to enhance understanding of diseases and provide future options for diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. Objectives: To establish a robust method to probe the metabolic changes of neuronal cells and use it to monitor cellular response to challenge with three amyloidogenic proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases in different aggregation states...
2017: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141588/parkinson-disease-polygenic-risk-score-is-associated-with-parkinson-disease-status-and-age-at-onset-but-not-with-alpha-synuclein-cerebrospinal-fluid-levels
#7
Laura Ibanez, Umber Dube, Benjamin Saef, John Budde, Kathleen Black, Alexandra Medvedeva, Jorge L Del-Aguila, Albert A Davis, Joel S Perlmutter, Oscar Harari, Bruno A Benitez, Carlos Cruchaga
BACKGROUND: The genetic architecture of Parkinson's Disease (PD) is complex and not completely understood. Multiple genetic studies to date have identified multiple causal genes and risk loci. Nevertheless, most of the expected genetic heritability remains unexplained. Polygenic risk scores (PRS) may provide greater statistical power and inform about the genetic architecture of multiple phenotypes. The aim of this study was to test the association between PRS and PD risk, age at onset and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers (α-synuclein, Aβ1-42, t-tau and p-tau)...
November 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137980/interaction-of-alpha-synuclein-with-cytogaligin-a-protein-encoded-by-the-proapoptotic-gene-galig
#8
Saïd El Haddad, Amandine Serrano, Thierry Normand, Chloé Robin, Martine Dubois, Fabienne Brule-Morabito, Lucile Mollet, Stéphane Charpentier, Alain Legrand
GALIG, an internal gene to the human galectin-3 gene, encodes two distinct proteins, Mitogaligin and Cytogaligin through translation of a unique mRNA in two overlapping alternative reading frames. When overexpressed GALIG induces apoptosis. In cultured cells, Mitogaligin destabilizes mitochondria membranes through interaction with cardiolipin. Little is known regarding the role of Cytogaligin. This protein displays multiple subcellular localizations; cytosol, nucleus, and mitochondria. We illustrate here that Cytogaligin is also secreted in the extracellular medium...
November 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132391/nadph-oxidases-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-review
#9
REVIEW
Karim Belarbi, Elodie Cuvelier, Alain Destée, Bernard Gressier, Marie-Christine Chartier-Harlin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive movement neurodegenerative disease associated with a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra of the brain. Oxidative stress, a condition that occurs due to imbalance in oxidant and antioxidant status, is thought to play an important role in dopaminergic neurotoxicity. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidases are multi-subunit enzymatic complexes that generate reactive oxygen species as their primary function. Increased immunoreactivities for the NADPH oxidases catalytic subunits Nox1, Nox2 and Nox4 have been reported in the brain of PD patients...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130486/rtp801-is-a-critical-factor-in-the-neurodegeneration-process-of-a53t-alpha-synuclein-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-under-chronic-restraint-stress
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Zhao Zhang, Shi-Feng Chu, Sha-Sha Wang, Yi-Na Jiang, Yan Gao, Peng-Fei Yang, Qi-Di Ai, Nai-Hong Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The incidence of Parkinson's disease exhibited a younger tendency in recent years with the constantly increased stressors of modern society, but this relationship remains obscured. We performed this study to investigate whether stress contributes to this tendency and identify the executor during this process. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Ten-month-old α-synuclein A53T mice, a PD mice model, were treated with chronic restraint stress (CRS) to simulate a PD-sensitive person with constant stress stimulation...
November 11, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130469/-heparan-sulphates-amyloidosis-and-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
C Vera, J A Alvarez-Orozco, A Maiza, S Chantepie, R N Chehin, M O Ouidja, D Papy-Garcia
INTRODUCTION: A number of neurodegenerative disorders have been linked directly to the accumulation of amyloid fibres. These fibres are made up of proteins or peptides with altered structures and which join together in vivo in association with heparan sulphate-type polysaccharides. AIMS: To examine the most recent concepts in the biology of heparan sulphates and their role in the aggregation of the peptide Abeta, of tau protein, of alpha-synuclein and of prions...
November 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129675/alpha-synuclein-dimerization-in-erythrocytes-of-patients-with-genetic-and-non-genetic-forms-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Nikolaos Papagiannakis, Christos Koros, Maria Stamelou, Athina-Maria Simitsi, Matina Maniati, Roubina Antonelou, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Georgia Dermentzaki, Marina Moraitou, Helen Michelakakis, Leonidas Stefanis
BACKGROUND: Variations of α-synuclein levels or species have been reported in Parkinson's Disease (PD). There has been little systematic examination of erythrocytes, a rich source of α-synuclein. METHODS: Erythrocyte membranes were obtained from PD patients (mutation carriers in the α-synuclein gene (A53T-PD) and glucocerebrosidase gene (GBA-PD) (n=18 each), and patients without known mutations (GU-PD, n=56)), and age-/sex-matched controls (n=56). Levels of monomeric and dimeric α-synuclein were assessed using Western immunoblotting...
November 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124790/neuropathology-of-genetic-synucleinopathies-with-parkinsonism-review-of-the-literature
#13
REVIEW
Susanne A Schneider, Roy N Alcalay
Clinical-pathological studies remain the gold-standard for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD). However, mounting data from genetic PD autopsies challenge the diagnosis of PD based on Lewy body pathology. Most of the confirmed genetic risks for PD show heterogenous neuropathology, even within kindreds, which may or may not include Lewy body pathology. We review the literature of genetic PD autopsies from cases with molecularly confirmed PD or parkinsonism and summarize main findings on SNCA (n = 25), Parkin (n = 20, 17 bi-allelic and 3 heterozygotes), PINK1 (n = 5, 1 bi-allelic and 4 heterozygotes), DJ-1 (n = 1), LRRK2 (n = 55), GBA (n = 10 Gaucher disease patients with parkinsonism), DNAJC13, GCH1, ATP13A2, PLA2G6 (n = 8 patients, 2 with PD), MPAN (n = 2), FBXO7, RAB39B, and ATXN2 (SCA2), as well as on 22q deletion syndrome (n = 3)...
November 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124503/urological-dysfunction-in-synucleinopathies-epidemiology-pathophysiology-and-management
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REVIEW
Ryuji Sakakibara, Fuyuki Tateno, Tatsuya Yamamoto, Tomoyuki Uchiyama, Tomonori Yamanishi
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are major neurogenerative diseases characterized pathologically by abnormal alpha-synuclein aggregation. PD and MSA are clinically characterized by motor disorder and bladder dysfunction (mainly urinary urgency and frequency, also called overactive bladder). However, few literatures are available concerning bladder dysfunction in PD or MSA. METHOD: A systematic review. RESULTS: The bladder dysfunction in MSA is more severe than that in PD for large post-void residual or urinary retention...
November 9, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124353/oligomer-prone-e57k-mutant-alpha-synuclein-exacerbates-integration-deficit-of-adult-hippocampal-newborn-neurons-in-transgenic-mice
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Martin Regensburger, Sebastian R Schreglmann, Svenja Stoll, Edward Rockenstein, Sandra Loskarn, Wei Xiang, Eliezer Masliah, Beate Winner
In the adult mammalian hippocampus, new neurons are constantly added to the dentate gyrus. Adult neurogenesis is impaired in several neurodegenerative mouse models including α-synuclein (a-syn) transgenic mice. Among different a-syn species, a-syn oligomers were reported to be the most toxic species for neurons. Here, we studied the impact of wild-type vs. oligomer-prone a-syn on neurogenesis. We compared the wild-type a-syn transgenic mouse model (Thy1-WTS) to its equivalent transgenic for oligomer-prone E57K-mutant a-syn (Thy1-E57K)...
November 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123078/high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-lc-ms-based-quantitative-lipidomics-study-of-ganglioside-nana-3-plasma-to-establish-its-association-with-parkinson-s-disease-patients
#16
Jinzhi Zhang, Xiao Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Caidi Yang
BACKGROUND It is well known that, pathologically, Parkinson's disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder. In Parkinson's disease, the protein which is abundant in the human brain, alpha-synuclein, accumulates inside the nerve cells. In this situation, dysregulation of lipid metabolism performs a crucial role; however, its association with Parkinson's disease is has not yet been explored. MATERIAL AND METHODS We performed a high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-derived quantitative lipidomics study to analyze the profile of lipidomic plasma obtained from 170 PD patients and 120 controls, taken from our hospital...
November 10, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122912/top-down-microproteomics-bridged-to-maldi-ms-imaging-reveals-the-molecular-physiome-of-brain-regions
#17
Vivian Delcourt, Julien Franck, Jusal Quanico, Jean-Pascal Gimeno, Maxence Wisztorski, Antonella Raffo Romero, Firas Kobeissy, Xavier Roucou, Michel Salzet, Isabelle Fournier
Tissue top-down microproteomics was performed on 3 brain regions, leading to the characterization of 123 reference proteins. Moreover, 8 alternative proteins from alternative open reading frames (AltORF) were identified. Some proteins display specific post-translational modification profiles or truncation linked to the brain regions and their functions. Systems biology analysis performed on the microproteome identified in each region allowed to associate sub-networks with the functional physiology of each brain region...
November 9, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116402/a-critical-review-of-the-prion-hypothesis-of-human-synucleinopathies
#18
REVIEW
Gültekin Tamgüney, Amos D Korczyn
Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and multiple system atrophy (MSA) are neurodegenerative disorders which have been pathologically classified as synucleinopathies, since they are associated with pathognomonic deposits of misfolded alpha-synuclein in cells of the nervous system. Recently PD, DLB, and MSA were also suggested to be prion-like disorders. Much controversy exists regarding this analogy between synucleinopathies and prion diseases. Here, we discuss what characterizes prion diseases and in which way synucleinopathies may be considered prion-like or -unlike...
November 8, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107086/age-dependent-elevations-of-oligomeric-and-phosphorylated-alpha-synuclein-synchronously-occurs-in-the-brain-and-gastrointestinal-tract-of-cynomolgus-monkeys
#19
Xin Li, Weiwei Yang, Xuran Li, Min Chen, Chengwei Liu, Shun Yu
Fibrillary α-synuclein (α-syn), which constitutes the major component of Lewy pathology characterized for Parkinson's disease (PD), is found also in the aged enteric nervous system (ENS) and central nervous system (CNS). However, what happens to oligomeric α-syn (o-α-syn) in the aged ENS and CNS remains poorly understood. Here, by using ELISA methods specific for o-α-syn and phosphorylated α-syn (p-α-syn), we measured the levels of o-α-syn and p-α-syn in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and brain of aging cynomolgus monkeys...
October 26, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097599/brains-with-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-and-copathology-showed-a-prolonged-end-stage-of-disease
#20
Aitzol Miguelez-Rodriguez, Jorge Santos-Juanes, Ikerne Vicente-Etxenausia, Katty Perez de Heredia-Goñi, Beatriz Garcia, Luis M Quiros, Laura Lorente-Gea, Isabel Guerra-Merino, Jose J Aguirre, Ivan Fernandez-Vega
AIMS: To investigate the expression of major proteins related to primary neurodegenerative diseases and their prognostic significance in brains with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty consecutive cases of confirmed CJD during the period 2010-2015 at Basque Brain bank were retrospectively reviewed. Moreover, major neurodegenerative-associated proteins (phosphorylated Tau, 4R tau, 3R tau, alpha-synuclein, TDP43, amyloid beta) were tested...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
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