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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213437/%C3%AE-synuclein-multiple-system-atrophy-prions
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Amanda L Woerman, Joel C Watts, Atsushi Aoyagi, Kurt Giles, Lefkos T Middleton, Stanley B Prusiner
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease arising from the misfolding and accumulation of the protein α-synuclein in oligodendrocytes, where it forms glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs). Several years of studying synthetic α-synuclein fibrils has provided critical insight into the ability of α-synuclein to template endogenous protein misfolding, giving rise to fibrillar structures capable of propagating from cell to cell. However, more recent studies with MSA-derived α-synuclein aggregates have shown that they have a similar ability to undergo template-directed propagation, like PrP prions...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212730/the-integrated-stress-response-and-proteotoxicity-in-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
David J McConkey
A variety of different forms of cellular stress can cause protein misfolding and aggregation and proteotoxicity. The cytoprotective response to proteotoxicity is termed the integrated stress response and involves 4 distinct serine/threonine protein kinases that converge on the translation initiation factor eIF2α, resulting in phosphorylation at S51, cell cycle arrest, and a general inhibition of global protein synthesis. Phosphorylation of eIF2α also promotes translation of ATF4 and the expression of ATF4 target genes that ameliorate proteotoxic stress but can also promote apoptosis...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211814/are-major-dementias-triggered-by-poor-blood-flow-to-the-brain-theoretical-considerations
#3
Jack C de la Torre
There is growing evidence that chronic brain hypoperfusion plays a central role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) long before dyscognitive symptoms or amyloid-β accumulation in the brain appear. This commentary proposes that dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) may also develop from chronic brain hypoperfusion following a similar but not identical neurometabolic breakdown as AD. The argument to support this conclusion is that chronic brain hypoperfusion, which is found at the early stages of the three dementias reviewed here, will reduce oxygen delivery and lower oxidative phosphorylation promoting a steady decline in the synthesis of the cell energy fuel adenosine triphosphate (ATP)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208700/role-of-protein-quality-control-failure-in-alcoholic-hepatitis-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Samuel W French, Maryam Masouminia, Sara Samadzadeh, Brittany C Tillman, Alejandro Mendoza, Barbara A French
: The mechanisms of protein quality control in hepatocytes in cases of alcoholic hepatitis (AH) including ufmylation, FAT10ylation, metacaspase 1 (Mca1), ERAD (endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation), JUNQ (juxta nuclear quality control), IPOD (insoluble protein deposit) autophagocytosis, and ER stress are reviewed. The Mallory-Denk body (MDB) formation develops in the hepatocytes in alcoholic hepatitis as a consequence of the failure of these protein quality control mechanisms to remove misfolded and damaged proteins and to prevent MDB aggresome formation within the cytoplasm of hepatocytes...
February 8, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208059/designer-protein-disaggregases-to-counter-neurodegenerative-disease
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James Shorter
Protein misfolding and aggregation unify several devastating neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are no effective therapeutics for these disorders and none that target the reversal of the aberrant protein misfolding and aggregation that cause disease. Here, I showcase important advances to define, engineer, and apply protein disaggregases to mitigate deleterious protein misfolding and counter neurodegeneration. I focus on two exogenous protein disaggregases, Hsp104 from yeast and gene 3 protein from bacteriophages, as well as endogenous human protein disaggregases, including: (a) Hsp110, Hsp70, Hsp40, and small heat-shock proteins; (b) HtrA1; and (c) NMNAT2 and Hsp90...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203707/correlated-mutations-select-misfolded-from-properly-folded-proteins
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P P Wozniak, G Vriend, M Kotulska
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203202/plasma-exosomes-spread-and-cluster-around-%C3%AE-amyloid-plaques-in-an-animal-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Tingting Zheng, Jiali Pu, Yanxing Chen, Yanfang Mao, Zhangyu Guo, Hongyu Pan, Ling Zhang, Heng Zhang, Binggui Sun, Baorong Zhang
Exosomes, a type of extracellular vesicle, have been shown to be involved in many disorders, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Exosomes may contribute to the spread of misfolded proteins such as amyloid-β (Aβ) and α-synuclein. However, the specific diffusion process of exosomes and their final destination in brain are still unclear. In the present study, we isolated exosomes from peripheral plasma and injected them into the hippocampus of an AD mouse model, and investigated exosome diffusion. We found that injected exosomes can spread from the dentate gyrus (DG) to other regions of hippocampus and to the cortex...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202758/endogenous-brain-lipids-inhibit-prion-amyloid-formation-in-vitro
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Clare E Hoover, Kristen A Davenport, Davin M Henderson, Mark D Zabel, Edward A Hoover
The normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) resides in detergent-resistant outer membrane lipid rafts in which conversion to the pathogenic misfolded form is believed to occur. Once misfolding occurs, the pathogenic isoform polymerizes into highly stable amyloid fibrils. In vitro assays have demonstrated an intimate association between prion conversion and lipids, specifically phosphatidylethanolamine, which is a critical cofactor in the formation of synthetic infectious prions. In the current work, we demonstrate an alternative inhibitory function of lipids in the prion conversion process as assessed in vitro by real-time, quaking induced conversion (RT-QuIC)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201889/role-of-local-and-nonlocal-interactions-in-folding-and-misfolding-of-globular-proteins
#9
Adesh Kumar, Anupaul Baruah, Parbati Biswas
A Monte Carlo simulation based sequence design method is proposed to study the role of the local and the nonlocal interactions with varying secondary structure content in protein folding, misfolding and unfolding. A statistical potential is developed from the compilation of a data set of proteins, which accounts for the respective contribution of local and the nonlocal interactions. Sequences are designed through a combination of positive and negative design by a Monte Carlo simulation in the sequence space...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199445/plant-arginyltransferases-ates
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Tatiana Domitrovic, Anna K Fausto, Tatiane da F Silva, Elisson Romanel, Maite F S Vaslin
Regulation of protein stability and/or degradation of misfolded and damaged proteins are essential cellular processes. A part of this regulation is mediated by the so-called N-end rule proteolytic pathway, which, in concert with the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS), drives protein degradation depending on the N-terminal amino acid sequence. One important enzyme involved in this process is arginyl-t-RNA transferase, known as ATE. This enzyme acts post-translationally by introducing an arginine residue at the N-terminus of specific protein targets to signal degradation via the UPS...
February 13, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197669/clearance-of-cerebral-a%C3%AE-in-alzheimer-s-disease-reassessing-the-role-of-microglia-and-monocytes
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Leah Zuroff, David Daley, Keith L Black, Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui
Deficiency in cerebral amyloid β-protein (Aβ) clearance is implicated in the pathogenesis of the common late-onset forms of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Accumulation of misfolded Aβ in the brain is believed to be a net result of imbalance between its production and removal. This in turn may trigger neuroinflammation, progressive synaptic loss, and ultimately cognitive decline. Clearance of cerebral Aβ is a complex process mediated by various systems and cell types, including vascular transport across the blood-brain barrier, glymphatic drainage, and engulfment and degradation by resident microglia and infiltrating innate immune cells...
February 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196869/structural-insights-unravel-the-zymogenic-mechanism-of-the-virulence-factor-gingipain-k-from-porphyromonas-gingivalis-a-causative-agent-of-gum-disease-from-the-human-oral-microbiome
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Anja Pomowski, Isabel Uson, Zuzanna M Nowakowska, Florian Veillard, Maryta N Sztukowska, Tibisay Guevara, Theodoros Goulas, Danuta Mizgalska, Magdalena L Nowak, Barbara A Potempa, James A Huntington, Jan Potempa, F Xavier Gomis-Ruth
Skewing of the human oral microbiome causes dysbiosis and preponderance of bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, the main etiological agent of periodontitis. P. gingivalis secretes proteolytic gingipains (Kgp and RgpA/B) as zymogens inhibited by a pro-domain that is removed during extracellular activation. Unraveling the molecular mechanism of Kgp zymogenicity is essential to design inhibitors blocking its activity. Here, we found that the isolated 209-residue Kgp pro-domain is a boomerang-shaped all-β protein similar to the RgpB pro-domain...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196416/blood-proteomic-profiling-in-inherited-attrm-and-acquired-attrwt-forms-of-transthyretin-associated-cardiac-amyloidosis
#13
Gloria G Chan, Clarissa M Koch, Lawreen H Connors
Transthyretin-associated forms of cardiac amyloidosis are fatal protein misfolding diseases that can be inherited (ATTRm) or acquired (ATTRwt). Precise biomarkers for ATTR disease identification and monitoring are undiscovered, disease-specific therapeutic options are needed, and the current understanding of ATTR molecular pathogenesis is limited. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the serum proteomes in ATTRm and ATTRwt cardiac amyloidosis to identify differentially expressed blood proteins that were disease-specific...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194643/ultra-efficient-amplification-of-abnormal-prion-protein-by-modified-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification-with-electric-current
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Jeong-Ho Park, Yeong-Gon Choi, Seok-Joo Park, Hong-Seok Choi, Eun-Kyoung Choi, Yong-Sun Kim
Prion diseases are clinically diagnosed and confirmed upon post-mortem histopathological examination of brain tissue. The only reliable molecular marker for prion diseases is abnormal prion protein (PrPSc), a pathologically conformed prion protein that primarily accumulates in the central nervous system and to a lesser extent in lymphoreticular tissues. However, the use of PrPSc as a marker for preclinical diagnoses is limited because the concentration of PrPSc in easily accessible body fluids is extremely low...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194255/relationships-between-stress-granules-oxidative-stress-and-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Lihua Chen, Beidong Liu
Cytoplasmic stress granules (SGs) are critical for facilitating stress responses and for preventing the accumulation of misfolded proteins. SGs, however, have been linked to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, in part because SGs share many components with neuronal granules. Oxidative stress is one of the conditions that induce SG formation. SGs regulate redox levels, and SG formation in turn is differently regulated by various types of oxidative stress. These associations and other evidences suggest that SG formation contributes to the development of neurodegenerative diseases...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194040/abnormal-degradation-of-the-neuronal-stress-protective-transcription-factor-hsf1-in-huntington-s-disease
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Rocio Gomez-Pastor, Eileen T Burchfiel, Daniel W Neef, Alex M Jaeger, Elisa Cabiscol, Spencer U McKinstry, Argenia Doss, Alejandro Aballay, Donald C Lo, Sergey S Akimov, Christopher A Ross, Cagla Eroglu, Dennis J Thiele
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by poly-glutamine expansion in the Htt protein, resulting in Htt misfolding and cell death. Expression of the cellular protein folding and pro-survival machinery by heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) ameliorates biochemical and neurobiological defects caused by protein misfolding. We report that HSF1 is degraded in cells and mice expressing mutant Htt, in medium spiny neurons derived from human HD iPSCs and in brain samples from patients with HD...
February 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193724/neurodegenerative-disease-transmission-and-transgenesis-in-mice
#17
Brittany N Dugger, Daniel P Perl, George A Carlson
Although the discovery of the prion protein (PrP) resulted from its co-purification with scrapie infectivity in Syrian hamsters, work with genetically defined and genetically modified mice proved crucial for understanding the fundamental processes involved not only in prion diseases caused by PrP misfolding, aggregation, and spread but also in other, much more common, neurodegenerative brain diseases. In this review, we focus on methodological and conceptual approaches used to study scrapie and related PrP misfolding diseases in mice and how these approaches have advanced our understanding of related disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease...
February 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191850/discovery-of-an-inhibitor-of-the-proteasome-subunit-rpn11
#18
Christian Perez, Jing Li, Francesco Parlati, Matthieu Rouffet, Yuyong Ma, Andrew L Mackinnon, Tsui-Fen Chou, Raymond J Deshaies, Seth M Cohen
The proteasome plays a crucial role in degradation of normal proteins that happen to be constitutively or inducibly unstable, and in this capacity it plays a regulatory role. Additionally, it degrades abnormal/damaged/mutant/misfolded proteins, which serves a quality-control function. Inhibitors of the proteasome have been validated in the treatment of multiple myeloma, with several FDA-approved therapeutics. Rpn11 is a Zn(2+)-dependent metalloisopeptidase that hydrolyzes ubiquitin from tagged proteins that are trafficked to the proteasome for degradation...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187176/%C3%AE-synuclein-increases-%C3%AE-amyloid-secretion-by-promoting-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-secretase-processing-of-app
#19
Hazel L Roberts, Bernard L Schneider, David R Brown
α-Synuclein misfolding and aggregation is often accompanied by β-amyloid deposition in some neurodegenerative diseases. We hypothesised that α-synuclein promotes β-amyloid production from APP. β-Amyloid levels and APP amyloidogenic processing were investigated in neuronal cell lines stably overexpressing wildtype and mutant α-synuclein. γ-Secretase activity and β-secretase expression were also measured. We show that α-synuclein expression induces β-amyloid secretion and amyloidogenic processing of APP in neuronal cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184302/the-role-of-exosomes-in-the-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-disease
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REVIEW
Tingting Xiao, Weiwei Zhang, Bin Jiao, Chu-Zheng Pan, Xixi Liu, Lu Shen
Exosomes are small vesicles secreted by most cell types including neurons that function in intercellular communication through transfer of their cargo or encapsulate and eliminate unnecessary cellular components and therefore have a broad impact on nerve development, activation and regeneration. In addition, exosomes have been observed to be involved in spreading pathological misfolded proteins, thereby leading to the onset and propagation of disease. Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia and characterized by two types of lesions: amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles...
2017: Translational Neurodegeneration
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