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Hugo Botha, William G Mantyh, Melissa E Murray, David S Knopman, Scott A Przybelski, Heather J Wiste, Jonathan Graff-Radford, Keith A Josephs, Christopher G Schwarz, Walter K Kremers, Bradley F Boeve, Ronald C Petersen, Mary M Machulda, Joseph E Parisi, Dennis W Dickson, Val Lowe, Clifford R Jack, David T Jones
Predicting underlying pathology based on clinical presentation has historically proven difficult, especially in older cohorts. Age-related hippocampal sclerosis may account for a significant proportion of elderly participants with amnestic dementia. Advances in molecular neuroimaging have allowed for detailed biomarker-based phenotyping, but in the absence of antemortem markers of hippocampal sclerosis, cases of mixed pathology remain problematic. We evaluated the utility of 18F-FDG-PET to differentiate flortaucipir tau PET negative from flortaucipir positive amnestic mild cognitive impairment and dementia and used an autopsy confirmed cohort to test the hypothesis that hippocampal sclerosis might account for the observed pattern...
March 12, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Yukie Kushimura, Takahiko Tokuda, Yumiko Azuma, Itaru Yamamoto, Ikuko Mizuta, Toshiki Mizuno, Masanori Nakagawa, Morio Ueyama, Yoshitaka Nagai, Hideki Yoshida, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the motor neuron degeneration that eventually leads to complete paralysis and death within 2-5 years after disease onset. One of the major pathological hallmark of ALS is abnormal accumulation of inclusions containing TAR DNA-binding protein-43 (TDP-43). TDP-43 is normally found in the nucleus, but in ALS, it localizes in the cytoplasm as inclusions as well as in the nucleus. Loss of nuclear TDP-43 functions likely contributes to neurodegeneration...
2018: American Journal of Neurodegenerative Disease
Elizabeth L Guenther, Peng Ge, Hamilton Trinh, Michael R Sawaya, Duilio Cascio, David R Boyer, Tamir Gonen, Z Hong Zhou, David S Eisenberg
Proteins in the fibrous amyloid state are a major hallmark of neurodegenerative disease. Understanding the multiple conformations, or polymorphs, of amyloid proteins at the molecular level is a challenge of amyloid research. Here, we detail the wide range of polymorphs formed by a segment of human TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) as a model for the polymorphic capabilities of pathological amyloid aggregation. Using X-ray diffraction, microelectron diffraction (MicroED) and single-particle cryo-EM, we show that the247 DLIIKGISVHI257 segment from the second RNA-recognition motif (RRM2) forms an array of amyloid polymorphs...
March 12, 2018: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Emily R Seminary, Samantha L Sison, Allison D Ebert
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder caused by the selective loss of the upper and lower motor neurons. Only 10% of all cases are caused by a mutation in one of the two dozen different identified genes, while the remaining 90% are likely caused by a combination of as yet unidentified genetic and environmental factors. Mutations in C9orf72, SOD1 , or TDP-43 are the most common causes of familial ALS, together responsible for at least 60% of these cases. Remarkably, despite the large degree of heterogeneity, all cases of ALS have protein aggregates in the brain and spinal cord that are immunopositive for SOD1, TDP-43, OPTN, and/or p62...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Kathryn Volkening, Brian Keller, Cheryl Leysta-Lantz, Michael J Strong
Tar DNA binding protein of 43kDa (TDP-43) is a dual function RNA/DNA binding protein with varied cellular functions. In degenerating motor neurons in ALS, TDP-43 relocalizes from the nucleus to the cytosol where it is sequestered into inclusions. It is likely that the pathogenic role of TDP-43 in ALS can involve either a gain or a loss of function, depending on the nature of its RNA or protein interactor. However, while TDP-43 binding partners have been identified in a range of model systems and from the human brain, interactors from human spinal cord tissue have not...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Andrew D Nguyen, Thi A Nguyen, Jiasheng Zhang, Swathi Devireddy, Ping Zhou, Anna M Karydas, Xialian Xu, Bruce L Miller, Frank Rigo, Shawn M Ferguson, Eric J Huang, Tobias C Walther, Robert V Farese
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in individuals under age 60 and has no treatment or cure. Because many cases of FTD result from GRN nonsense mutations, an animal model for this type of mutation is highly desirable for understanding pathogenesis and testing therapies. Here, we generated and characterized Grn R493X knockin mice, which model the most common human GRN mutation, a premature stop codon at arginine 493 (R493X). Homozygous Grn R493X mice have markedly reduced Grn mRNA levels, lack detectable progranulin protein, and phenocopy Grn knockout mice, with CNS microgliosis, cytoplasmic TDP-43 accumulation, reduced synaptic density, lipofuscinosis, hyperinflammatory macrophages, excessive grooming behavior, and reduced survival...
March 6, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hao-Ru Li, Wan-Chin Chiang, Po-Chun Chou, Won-Jing Wang, Jie-Rong Huang
Eukaryotic cells contain distinct organelles, but not all of these compartments are enclosed by membranes. Some intrinsically disordered proteins mediate membraneless organelle formation through liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS). LLPS facilitates many biological functions such as regulating RNA stability and ribonucleoprotein assembly, and disruption of LLPS pathways has been implicated in several diseases. Proteins exhibiting LLPS typically have low sequence complexity and specific repeat motifs. These motifs promote multivalent connections with other molecules and the formation of higher-order oligomers, and their removal usually prevents LLPS...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Gaël Chételat
Over the last ten years, we have conducted research in Alzheimer's disease (AD) using multimodal neuroimaging techniques to improve diagnosis, further our understanding of the pathological mechanisms underlying the disease, and support the development of innovative non-pharmacological preventive strategies. Our works emphasized the interest of hippocampal subfield volumetry in early diagnosis and the need for further development in this field including optimization, standardization, and automatization of the techniques...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Dawn H W Lau, Naomi Hartopp, Natalie J Welsh, Sarah Mueller, Elizabeth B Glennon, Gábor M Mórotz, Ambra Annibali, Patricia Gomez-Suaga, Radu Stoica, Sebastien Paillusson, Christopher C J Miller
Fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are two related and incurable neurodegenerative diseases. Features of these diseases include pathological protein inclusions in affected neurons with TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), dipeptide repeat proteins derived from the C9ORF72 gene, and fused in sarcoma (FUS) representing major constituent proteins in these inclusions. Mutations in C9ORF72 and the genes encoding TDP-43 and FUS cause familial forms of FTD/ALS which provides evidence to link the pathology and genetics of these diseases...
February 28, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Ju Gao, Luwen Wang, Mikayla L Huntley, George Perry, Xinglong Wang
Neurodegeneration, a term that refers to the progressive loss of structure and function of neurons, is a feature of many neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Huntington's disease (HD). There is no cure or treatment available that can prevent or reverse neurodegenerative conditions. The causes of neurodegeneration in these diseases remain largely unknown, yet an extremely small proportion of these devastating diseases are associated with genetic mutations in proteins involved in a wide range of cellular pathways and processes...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Dorothée Lulé, Sarah Böhm, Hans-Peter Müller, Helena Aho-Özhan, Jürgen Keller, Martin Gorges, Markus Loose, Jochen H Weishaupt, Ingo Uttner, Elmar Pinkhardt, Jan Kassubek, Kelly Del Tredici, Heiko Braak, Sharon Abrahams, Albert C Ludolph
Sequential spread of TDP-43 load in the brain may be a pathological characteristic of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based marker of this pathological feature. Cognitive deficits known to be present in a subset of ALS patients might act as an additional in vivo clinical marker of disease spread. N = 139 patients with ALS were tested with the Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS screen (ECAS) in addition to DTI brain measures of pathological spread...
January 31, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Christine Leibiger, Jana Deisel, Andreas Aufschnaiter, Stefanie Ambros, Maria Tereshchenko, Bert M Verheijen, Sabrina Büttner, Ralf J Braun
TDP-43 is a nuclear RNA-binding protein whose cytoplasmic accumulation is the pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). For a better understanding of this devastating disorder at the molecular level, it is important to identify cellular pathways involved in the clearance of detrimental TDP-43. Using a yeast model system, we systematically analyzed to which extent TDP-43-triggered cytotoxicity is modulated by conserved lysosomal clearance pathways. We observed that the lysosomal fusion machinery and the endolysosomal pathway, which are crucial for proper lysosomal function, were pivotal for survival of cells exposed to TDP-43...
February 20, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Krista J Spiller, Clark R Restrepo, Tahiyana Khan, Myrna A Dominique, Terry C Fang, Rebecca G Canter, Christopher J Roberts, Kelly R Miller, Richard M Ransohoff, John Q Trojanowski, Virginia M-Y Lee
Though motor neurons selectively degenerate in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, other cell types are likely involved in this disease. We recently generated rNLS8 mice in which human TDP-43 (hTDP-43) pathology could be reversibly induced in neurons and expected that microglia would contribute to neurodegeneration. However, only subtle microglial changes were detected during disease in the spinal cord, despite progressive motor neuron loss; microglia still reacted to inflammatory triggers in these mice. Notably, after hTDP-43 expression was suppressed, microglia dramatically proliferated and changed their morphology and gene expression profiles...
February 20, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
Emily Feneberg, Elizabeth Gray, Olaf Ansorge, Kevin Talbot, Martin R Turner
TDP-43 accumulates in nerve cells of nearly all cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; the commonest form of motor neuron disease) and in the majority of Tau-negative frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). There is currently no biochemical test or marker of disease activity for ALS or FTLD, and the clinical diagnosis depends on the opinion of an experienced neurologist. TDP-43 has a key role in the pathogenesis of ALS/FTLD. Measuring TDP-43 in easily accessible biofluids, such as blood or cerebrospinal fluid, might reduce diagnostic delay and offer a readout for use in future drug trials...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
José Manuel Matamala, Raul Arias-Carrasco, Carolina Sanchez, Markus Uhrig, Leslie Bargsted, Soledad Matus, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho, Sebastian Abarzua, Brigitte van Zundert, Renato Verdugo, Patricio Manque, Claudio Hetz
The occurrence of mutations of TDP-43, FUS, and C9ORF72 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) suggests pathogenic alterations to RNA metabolism and specifically to microRNA (miRNA) biology. Moreover, several ALS-related proteins impact stress granule dynamics affecting miRNA biogenesis and cellular miRNA levels. miRNAs are present in different biological fluids and have been proposed as potential biomarkers. Here we used next-generation sequencing to perform a comparative analysis of the expression profile of circulating miRNAs in the serum of 2 mutant superoxide dismutase 1 transgenic mice...
April 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Akihiro Sugai, Taisuke Kato, Akihide Koyama, Yuka Koike, Sou Kasahara, Takuya Konno, Tomohiko Ishihara, Osamu Onodera
Abnormal accumulation of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) in the cytoplasm and its disappearance from the nucleus are pathological features of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (ALS/FTD) and are directly involved in the pathogenesis of these conditions. TDP-43 is an essential nuclear protein that readily aggregates in a concentration-dependent manner. Therefore, cells must strictly maintain an appropriate amount of nuclear TDP-43. In one relevant maintenance mechanism, TDP-43 binds to its pre-mRNA and promotes alternative splicing, resulting in mRNA degradation via nonsense-mediated mRNA decay...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Silvia Biscarini, Davide Capauto, Giovanna Peruzzi, Lei Lu, Alessio Colantoni, Tiziana Santini, Neil A Shneider, Elisa Caffarelli, Pietro Laneve, Irene Bozzoni
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are currently recognized as crucial players in nervous system development, function and pathology. In Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), identification of causative mutations in FUS and TDP-43 or hexanucleotide repeat expansion in C9ORF72 point to the essential role of aberrant RNA metabolism in neurodegeneration. In this study, by taking advantage of an in vitro differentiation system generating mouse motor neurons (MNs) from embryonic stem cells, we identified and characterized the long non-coding transcriptome of MNs...
January 31, 2018: Stem Cell Research
Baoli Sun, Nazir Ahmad Khan, Peiqiang Yu
The first aim of this study was to investigate the nutritional value of crude protein (CP) in CDC [Crop Development Centre (CDC), University of Saskatchewan] chickpea varieties (Frontier kabuli and Corinne desi) in comparison with a CDC barley variety in terms of: 1) CP chemical profile and subfractions; (2) in situ rumen degradation kinetics and intestinal digestibility of CP; 2) metabolizable protein (MP) supply to dairy cows; and (3) protein molecular structure characteristics using advanced molecular spectroscopy...
February 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Ailin Wang, Alexander E Conicella, Hermann Broder Schmidt, Erik W Martin, Shannon N Rhoads, Ashley N Reeb, Amanda Nourse, Daniel Ramirez Montero, Veronica H Ryan, Rajat Rohatgi, Frank Shewmaker, Mandar T Naik, Tanja Mittag, Yuna M Ayala, Nicolas L Fawzi
TDP-43 is an RNA-binding protein active in splicing that concentrates into membraneless ribonucleoprotein granules and forms aggregates in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease. Although best known for its predominantly disordered C-terminal domain which mediates ALS inclusions, TDP-43 has a globular N-terminal domain (NTD). Here, we show that TDP-43 NTD assembles into head-to-tail linear chains and that phosphomimetic substitution at S48 disrupts TDP-43 polymeric assembly, discourages liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) in vitro , fluidizes liquid-liquid phase separated nuclear TDP-43 reporter constructs in cells, and disrupts RNA splicing activity...
February 9, 2018: EMBO Journal
Eric N Anderson, Lauren Gochenaur, Aditi Singh, Rogan Grant, Krishani Patel, Simon Watkins, Jane Y Wu, Udai Bhan Pandey
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been predicted to be a predisposing factor for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological disorders. Despite the importance of TBI in ALS progression, the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms are still an enigma. Here, we examined the contribution of TBI as an extrinsic factor and investigated if TBI influences the susceptibility of developing neurodegenerative symptoms. To evaluate the effects of TBI in vivo, we applied mild to severe trauma to Drosophila and found that TBI leads to the induction of stress granules (SGs) in the brain...
February 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
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