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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176659/intrinsically-disordered-domains-amyloids-and-protein-liquid-phases-evolving-concepts-and-open-questions
#1
Miguel Ángel Mompeán, Douglas Vinson Laurents
Enzymes and structural proteins dominated thinking about protein structure and function for most of the twentieth century. In recent decades, however, we have begun to appreciate the significant physiological and pathological roles of nonglobular proteins. Amyloids first gained infamy from their implications in a score of human mortal diseases. However, they have recently been discovered to play vital physiological roles, such as memory consolidation in humans. This raises an important question: Can we inhibit pathological amyloids without affecting functional amyloids? Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), many of which are prone to form amyloids, perform many essential functions, yet their importance has only been recognized in the last quarter century...
February 6, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167899/cysteine-modifications-in-the-pathogenesis-of-als
#2
REVIEW
Cristiana Valle, Maria Teresa Carrì
Several proteins are found misfolded and aggregated in sporadic and genetic forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These include superoxide dismutase (SOD1), transactive response DNA-binding protein (TDP-43), fused in sarcoma/translocated in liposarcoma protein (FUS/TLS), p62, vasolin-containing protein (VCP), Ubiquilin-2 and dipeptide repeats produced by unconventional RAN-translation of the GGGGCC expansion in C9ORF72. Up to date, functional studies have not yet revealed a common mechanism for the formation of such diverse protein inclusions...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163215/vegf-alleviates-als-csf-induced-cytoplasmic-accumulations-of-tdp-43-and-fus-tls-in-nsc-34-cells
#3
Shubham Shantanu, K Vijayalakshmi, S Shruthi, B K Chandrasekhar Sagar, T N Sathyaprabha, A Nalini, Trichur R Raju, Phalguni Anand Alladi
Cytoplasmic mislocalisation and aggregation of TDP-43 and FUS/TLS proteins in spinal motor neurons contribute to the pathogenesis of the highly fatal disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We investigated the neuroprotective effect of VEGF on expression of these proteins in the motor neuronal cell line NSC-34 modelled to reminisce sporadic form of ALS. We studied the expression of TDP-43 and FUS/TLS proteins after exposure to ALS-CSF and following VEGF supplementation by quantitative confocal microscopy and electron microscopy...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160950/comprehensive-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-japanese-familial-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#4
Ayumi Nishiyama, Tetsuya Niihori, Hitoshi Warita, Rumiko Izumi, Tetsuya Akiyama, Masaaki Kato, Naoki Suzuki, Yoko Aoki, Masashi Aoki
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of motor neurons. We have recently identified SOD1 and FUS mutations as the most common causes in a consecutive series of 111 familial ALS pedigrees in Japan. To reveal possible genetic causes for the remaining 51 patients with familial ALS (45 pedigrees), we performed targeted next-generation sequencing of 35 known ALS/motor neuron diseases-related genes. Known variants in ANG, OPTN, SETX, and TARDBP were identified in 6 patients...
January 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159885/genetic-testing-in-als-a-survey-of-current-practices
#5
Alice Vajda, Russell L McLaughlin, Mark Heverin, Owen Thorpe, Sharon Abrahams, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Orla Hardiman
OBJECTIVE: To determine the degree of consensus among clinicians on the clinical use of genetic testing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the factors that determine decision-making. METHODS: ALS researchers worldwide were invited to participate in a detailed online survey to determine their attitudes and practices relating to genetic testing. RESULTS: Responses from 167 clinicians from 21 different countries were analyzed. The majority of respondents (73...
February 3, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105640/the-genotype-phenotype-landscape-of-familial-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-australia
#6
Emily P McCann, Kelly L Williams, Jennifer A Fifita, Ingrid S Tarr, Jody O'Connor, Dominic B Rowe, Garth A Nicholson, Ian P Blair
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous fatal neurodegenerative disease. Around 10% of ALS cases are hereditary. ALS gene discoveries have provided most of our understanding of disease pathogenesis. We aimed to describe the genetic landscape of ALS in Australia by assessing 1013 Australian ALS patients for known ALS mutations by direct sequencing, whole exome sequencing or repeat primed PCR. Age of disease onset and disease duration were used for genotype-phenotype correlations...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
#7
REVIEW
David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096243/fused-in-sarcoma-neuropathology-in-neurodegenerative-disease
#8
Ian R A Mackenzie, Manuela Neumann
Abnormal intracellular accumulation of the fused in sarcoma (FUS) protein is the characteristic pathological feature of cases of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by FUS mutations (ALS-FUS) and several uncommon disorders that may present with sporadic frontotemporal dementia (FTLD-FUS). Although these findings provide further support for the concept that ALS and FTD are closely related clinical syndromes with an overlapping molecular basis, important differences in the pathological features and results from experimental models indicate that ALS-FUS and FTLD-FUS have distinct pathogenic mechanisms...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094300/sequestration-of-prmt1-and-nd1-l-mrna-into-als-linked-fus-mutant-r521c-positive-aggregates-contributes-to-neurite-degeneration-upon-oxidative-stress
#9
Mi-Hee Jun, Hyun-Hee Ryu, Yong-Woo Jun, Tongtong Liu, Yan Li, Chae-Seok Lim, Yong-Seok Lee, Bong-Kiun Kaang, Deok-Jin Jang, Jin-A Lee
Mutations in fused in sarcoma (FUS), a DNA/RNA binding protein, are associated with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, little is known about how ALS-causing mutations alter protein-protein and protein-RNA complexes and contribute to neurodegeneration. In this study, we identified protein arginine methyltransferase 1 (PRMT1) as a protein that more avidly associates with ALS-linked FUS-R521C than with FUS-WT (wild type) or FUS-P525L using co-immunoprecipitation and LC-MS analysis. Abnormal association between FUS-R521C and PRMT1 requires RNA, but not methyltransferase activity...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072389/suppression-of-c9orf72-rna-repeat-induced-neurotoxicity-by-the-als-associated-rna-binding-protein-zfp106
#10
Barbara Celona, John von Dollen, Sarat C Vatsavayai, Risa Kashima, Jeffrey R Johnson, Amy A Tang, Akiko Hata, Bruce L Miller, Eric J Huang, Nevan J Krogan, William W Seeley, Brian L Black
Expanded GGGGCC repeats in the first intron of the C9orf72 gene represent the most common cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but the mechanisms underlying repeat-induced disease remain incompletely resolved. One proposed gain-of-function mechanism is that repeat-containing RNA forms aggregates that sequester RNA binding proteins, leading to altered RNA metabolism in motor neurons. Here, we identify the zinc finger protein Zfp106 as a specific GGGGCC RNA repeat-binding protein, and using affinity purification-mass spectrometry, we show that Zfp106 interacts with multiple other RNA binding proteins, including the ALS-associated factors TDP-43 and FUS...
January 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057713/genetic-epidemiology-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#11
Zhang-Yu Zou, Zhi-Rui Zhou, Chun-Hui Che, Chang-Yun Liu, Rao-Li He, Hua-Pin Huang
BACKGROUND: Genetic studies have shown that C9orf72, SOD1, TARDBP and FUS are the most common mutated genes in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here, we performed a meta-analysis to determine the mutation frequencies of these major ALS-related genes in patients with ALS. METHODS: We performed an extensive literature research to identify all original articles reporting frequencies of C9orf72, SOD1, TARDBP and FUS mutations in ALS. The mutation frequency and effect size of each study were combined...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057298/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-pathogenesis-converges-on-defects-in-protein-homeostasis-associated-with-tdp-43-mislocalization-and-proteasome-mediated-degradation-overload
#12
G Lin, D Mao, H J Bellen
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects upper and/or lower motor neurons. It usually affects people between the ages of 40-70. The average life expectancy is about 3-5 years after diagnosis and there is no effective cure available. Identification of variants in more than 20 different loci has provided insight into the pathogenic molecular mechanisms mediating disease pathogenesis. In this review, we focus on seven ALS-causing genes: TDP-43, FUS, C9orf72, VCP, UBQLN2, VAPB and SOD-1, which encompass about 90% of the variants causing familial ALS...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054830/a-novel-mutation-of-the-c-terminal-amino-acid-of-fus-y526c-strengthens-fus-gene-as-the-most-frequent-genetic-factor-in-aggressive-juvenile-als
#13
Philippe Corcia, Veronique Danel, Arnaud Lacour, Stephane Beltran, Christian Andres, Philippe Couratier, Helene Blasco, Patrick Vourc'h
Although amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) typically occurs around 60 years, numerous publications report an onset of ALS before the age of 25 years that define juvenile ALS (jALS). Over the last decade, growing literature mentioned jALS with an aggressive evolution which are mainly linked to the FUS gene. We report here the case of a 25-year-old woman with a bulbar onset ALS that progressed in less than 12 months to invasive ventilation due to respiratory failure; Genetic screening identified a new mutation in the FUS gene that lies within the last codon...
January 5, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054357/linking-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-spinal-muscular-atrophy-through-rna-transcriptome-homeostasis-a-genomics-perspective
#14
REVIEW
Margarida Gama-Carvalho, Marina L Garcia-Vaquero, Francisco R Pinto, Florence Besse, Joachim Weis, Aaron Voigt, Jörg B Schulz, Javier De Las Rivas
In this review we present our most recent understanding of key biomolecular processes that underlie two motor neuron degenerative disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). We focus on the role of four multifunctional proteins involved in RNA metabolism (TDP-43, FUS, SMN and Senataxin) that play a causal role in these diseases. Recent results have led to a novel scenario of intricate connections between these four proteins, bringing transcriptome homeostasis into the spotlight as a common theme in motor neuron degeneration...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999880/-pathomechanisms-and-clinical-aspects-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#15
REVIEW
K Bürger, T Arzberger, J Stephan, J Levin, D Edbauer
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) includes a spectrum of heterogeneous clinical and neuropathological diseases. In a strict sense this includes the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and both variants can be associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS). In a broader sense FTLD also includes progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). In recent years the strong genetic component of FTLD has become increasingly clear...
December 20, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978769/genetic-analysis-of-patients-with-familial-and-sporadic-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-a-brazilian-research-center
#16
Gerson Chadi, Jessica Ruivo Maximino, Frederico Mennucci de Haidar Jorge, FabríCIO Castro dE Borba, Joyce Meire Gilio, Dagoberto Callegaro, Camila GalvãO Lopes, Samantha Nakamura Dos Santos, Gabriela Natania Sales Rebelo
OBJECTIVE: To investigate gene mutations in familial form (FALS) and sporadic form (SALS) of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a highly miscegenated population. METHODS: Frequencies of mutations in the C9orfF72, TARDBP, SOD1, FUS and VAPB genes were investigated in a cohort of FALS (n = 39) and SALS (n = 189) subjects from the Research Centre of the University of São Paulo School of Medicine. All patients were subjected to C9orf72 and TARDBP analyses...
December 15, 2016: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942908/could-sirtuin-activities-modify-als-onset-and-progression
#17
REVIEW
Bor Luen Tang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with a complex etiology. Sirtuins have been implicated as disease-modifying factors in several neurological disorders, and in the past decade, attempts have been made to check if manipulating Sirtuin activities and levels could confer benefit in terms of neuroprotection and survival in ALS models. The efforts have largely focused on mutant SOD1, and while limited in scope, the results were largely positive. Here, the body of work linking Sirtuins with ALS is reviewed, with discussions on how Sirtuins and their activities may impact on the major etiological mechanisms of ALS...
December 10, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930290/gamma-motor-neurons-survive-and-exacerbate-alpha-motor-neuron-degeneration-in-als
#18
Melanie Lalancette-Hebert, Aarti Sharma, Alexander K Lyashchenko, Neil A Shneider
The molecular and cellular basis of selective motor neuron (MN) vulnerability in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known. In genetically distinct mouse models of familial ALS expressing mutant superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1), TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), and fused in sarcoma (FUS), we demonstrate selective degeneration of alpha MNs (α-MNs) and complete sparing of gamma MNs (γ-MNs), which selectively innervate muscle spindles. Resistant γ-MNs are distinct from vulnerable α-MNs in that they lack synaptic contacts from primary afferent (IA) fibers...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920024/biology-and-pathobiology-of-tdp-43-and-emergent-therapeutic-strategies
#19
Lin Guo, James Shorter
Cytoplasmic TDP-43 mislocalization and aggregation is a pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. TDP-43 is an RNA-binding protein (RBP) with a prion-like domain (PrLD) that promotes TDP-43 misfolding. PrLDs possess compositional similarity to canonical prion domains of various yeast proteins, including Sup35. Strikingly, disease-causing TDP-43 mutations reside almost exclusively in the PrLD and can enhance TDP-43 misfolding and toxicity. Another ∼70 human RBPs harbor PrLDs, including FUS, TAF15, EWSR1, hnRNPA1, and hnRNPA2, which have surfaced in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906075/nuclear-bodies-reorganize-during-myogenesis-in-vitro-and-are-differentially-disrupted-by-expression-of-fshd-associated-dux4
#20
Sachiko Homma, Mary Lou Beermann, Bryant Yu, Frederick M Boyce, Jeffrey Boone Miller
BACKGROUND: Nuclear bodies, such as nucleoli, PML bodies, and SC35 speckles, are dynamic sub-nuclear structures that regulate multiple genetic and epigenetic processes. Additional regulation is provided by RNA/DNA handling proteins, notably TDP-43 and FUS, which have been linked to ALS pathology. Previous work showed that mouse cell line myotubes have fewer but larger nucleoli than myoblasts, and we had found that nuclear aggregation of TDP-43 in human myotubes was induced by expression of DUX4-FL, a transcription factor that is aberrantly expressed and causes pathology in facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD)...
December 1, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
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