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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920026/the-transcellular-propagation-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-%C3%AE-synuclein
#1
George K Tofaris, Michel Goedert, Maria Grazia Spillantini
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, with only partial symptomatic therapy and no mechanism-based therapies. The accumulation and aggregation of α-synuclein is causatively linked to the sporadic form of the disease, which accounts for 95% of cases. The pathology is a result of a gain of toxic function of misfolded α-synuclein conformers, which can template the aggregation of soluble monomers and lead to cellular dysfunction, at least partly by interfering with membrane fusion events at synaptic terminals...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920025/biology-and-genetics-of-prp-prion-strains
#2
Sina Ghaemmaghami
Prion diseases are a group of fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by the misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a pathogenic conformation (PrP(Sc)). PrP(Sc) is capable of folding into multiple self-replicating prion strains that produce phenotypically distinct neurological disorders. Evidence suggests that the structural heterogeneity of PrP(Sc) is the molecular basis of strain-specific prion properties. The self-templating of PrP(Sc) typically ensures that prion strains breed true upon passage...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920024/biology-and-pathobiology-of-tdp-43-and-emergent-therapeutic-strategies
#3
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/27919808/attenuation-of-amyloid-fibrillation-in-presence-of-warfarin-a-biophysical-investigation
#4
Mohammad Khursheed Siddiqi, Parvez Alam, Sumit Kumar Chaturvedi, Saima Nusrat, Yasser E Shahein, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Protein misfolding and aggregation are associated with more than twenty diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases. The amyloid oligomers and fibrils may induce cell membrane disruption and lead to cell apoptosis. A great number of studies have focused on discovery of amyloid inhibitors which may prevent or treat amyloidosis. In this study, we used human serum albumin (HSA) as an amyloid model to test the anti-amyloid effects of warfarin (WFN), a very well-known drug for treatment of thrombosis and also used by biophysicists to characterize the specific binding site on HSA (site I of subdomain IIA)...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919712/extracts-from-two-ubiquitous-mediterranean-plants-ameliorate-cellular-and-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-proteinopathies
#5
Michelle Briffa, Stephanie Ghio, Johanna Neuner, Alison J Gauci, Rebecca Cacciottolo, Christelle Marchal, Mario Caruana, Christophe Cullin, Neville Vassallo, Ruben J Cauchi
A signature feature of age-related neurodegenerative proteinopathies is the misfolding and aggregation of proteins, typically amyloid-β (Aβ) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and α-synuclein (α-syn) in Parkinson's disease (PD), into soluble oligomeric structures that are highly neurotoxic. Cellular and animal models that faithfully replicate the hallmark features of these disorders are being increasing exploited to identify disease-modifying compounds. Natural compounds have been identified as a useful source of bioactive molecules with promising neuroprotective capabilities...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918765/development-of-a-biochemical-diagnosis-of-parkinson-disease-by-detection-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-misfolded-aggregates-in-cerebrospinal-fluid
#6
Mohammad Shahnawaz, Takahiko Tokuda, Masaaki Waragai, Nicolas Mendez, Ryotaro Ishii, Claudia Trenkwalder, Brit Mollenhauer, Claudio Soto
Importance: Parkinson disease (PD) is a highly prevalent and incurable neurodegenerative disease associated with the accumulation of misfolded α-synuclein (αSyn) aggregates. An important problem in this disease is the lack of a sensitive, specific, and noninvasive biochemical diagnosis to help in clinical evaluation, monitoring of disease progression, and early differential diagnosis from related neurodegenerative diseases. Objective: To develop a novel assay with high sensitivity and specificity to detect small quantities of αSyn aggregates circulating in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients affected by PD and related synucleinopathies...
December 5, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917829/the-er-stress-sensor-perk-luminal-domain-functions-as-a-molecular-chaperone-to-interact-with-misfolded-proteins
#7
Peng Wang, Jingzhi Li, Bingdong Sha
PERK is one of the major sensor proteins which can detect the protein-folding imbalance generated by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. It remains unclear how the sensor protein PERK is activated by ER stress. It has been demonstrated that the PERK luminal domain can recognize and selectively interact with misfolded proteins but not native proteins. Moreover, the PERK luminal domain may function as a molecular chaperone to directly bind to and suppress the aggregation of a number of misfolded model proteins...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917428/ftir-imaging-of-the-molecular-burden-around-a%C3%AE-deposits-in-an-early-stage-3-tg-app-psp1-tau-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#8
Artur Dawid Surowka, Michael Pilling, Alex Henderson, Herve Boutin, Lidan Christie, Magdalena Szczerbowska-Boruchowska, Peter Gardner
Alzheimer's disease is one of the major causes of dementia in the elderly. The disease is caused by the misfolding of water soluble alpha-helical proteins, which leads to the accumulation of β-sheets in the form of amyloid plaques, which can subsequently affect surrounding tissue areas by oxidative stress neurotoxicity. The aim of the present study was to design a novel methodology to analyze the extent to the neuronal burden around protein-rich Aβ plaques suspected to affect molecular components by oxidative stress induced by inflammatory states...
December 5, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916611/cytokine-signatures-in-hereditary-fever-syndromes-hfs
#9
REVIEW
José Noel Ibrahim, Isabelle Jéru, Jean-Claude Lecron, Myrna Medlej-Hashim
Hereditary fever syndromes (HFS) include a group of disorders characterized by recurrent self-limited episodes of fever accompanied by inflammatory manifestations occurring in the absence of infection or autoimmune reaction. Advances in the genetics of HFS have led to the identification of new gene families and pathways involved in the regulation of inflammation and innate immunity. The key role of several cytokine networks in the pathogenesis of HFS has been underlined by several groups, and supported by the rapid response of patients to targeted cytokine blocking therapies...
November 22, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911910/molecular-markers-of-radiation-induced-attenuation-in-intrahepatic-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites
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Miranda S Oakley, Nitin Verma, Hong Zheng, Vivek Anantharaman, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao, Timothy G Myers, Phuong Thao Pham, Babita Mahajan, Nirbhay Kumar, Davison Sangweme, Abhai K Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, L Aravind, Sanjai Kumar
Experimental immunization with radiation attenuated sporozoites (RAS) and genetically attenuated sporozoites has proved to be a promising approach for malaria vaccine development. However, parasite biomarkers of growth attenuation and enhanced immune protection in response to radiation remain poorly understood. Here, we report on the effect of an attenuating dose of γ-irradiation (15 krad) on the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) ultrastructure by electron microscopy, growth rate of liver stage P. falciparum in liver cell cultures, and genome-wide transcriptional profile of liver stage parasites by microarray...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911771/stability-folding-dynamics-and-long-range-conformational-transition-of-the-synaptic-t-snare-complex
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Xinming Zhang, Aleksander A Rebane, Lu Ma, Feng Li, Junyi Jiao, Hong Qu, Frederic Pincet, James E Rothman, Yongli Zhang
Synaptic soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) couple their stepwise folding to fusion of synaptic vesicles with plasma membranes. In this process, three SNAREs assemble into a stable four-helix bundle. Arguably, the first and rate-limiting step of SNARE assembly is the formation of an activated binary target (t)-SNARE complex on the target plasma membrane, which then zippers with the vesicle (v)-SNARE on the vesicle to drive membrane fusion. However, the t-SNARE complex readily misfolds, and its structure, stability, and dynamics are elusive...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911289/the-brain-s-structural-connectome-mediates-the-relationship-between-regional-neuroimaging-biomarkers-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease
#12
Sneha Pandya, Amy Kuceyeski, Ashish Raj
Alzheimer's disease (AD), one of the most common causes of dementia in adults, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder exhibiting well-defined neuropathological hallmarks. It is known that disease pathology involves misfolded amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau proteins, and exhibits a relatively stereotyped progression over decades. The relationship between AD neuropathological hallmarks (Aβ, hypometabolism, and tau proteins) and imaging biomarkers (MRI, AV-45/FDG-PET) is not fully understood. In addition, biomarker pathologies are oftentimes discordant, wherein it may show varying levels of abnormality across brain regions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909077/yeast-cells-detect-human-brca1-misfolding
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December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908925/prion-strain-diversity
#14
Jason C Bartz
Prion diseases affect a wide range of mammal species and are caused by a misfolded self-propagating isoform (PrP(Sc)) of the normal prion protein (PrP(C)). Distinct strains of prions exist and are operationally defined by differences in a heritable phenotype under controlled experimental transmission conditions. Prion strains can differ in incubation period, clinical signs of disease, tissue tropism, and host range. The mechanism by which a protein-only pathogen can encode strain diversity is only beginning to be understood...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908246/inhibition-of-chaperonin-groel-by-a-monomer-of-ovine-prion-protein-and-its-oligomeric-forms
#15
S S Kudryavtseva, Y Y Stroylova, I A Zanyatkin, T Haertle, V I Muronetz
The possibility of inhibition of chaperonin functional activity by amyloid proteins was studied. It was found that the ovine prion protein PrP as well as its oligomeric and fibrillar forms are capable of binding with the chaperonin GroEL. Besides, GroEL was shown to promote amyloid aggregation of the monomeric and oligomeric PrP as well as PrP fibrils. The monomeric PrP was shown to inhibit the GroEL-assisted reactivation of the glycolytic enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH). The oligomers of PrP decelerate the GroEL-assisted reactivation of GAPDH, and PrP fibrils did not affect this process...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906033/the-role-of-the-backbone-torsion-in-protein-folding
#16
EDITORIAL
Irina Sorokina, Arcady Mushegian
BACKGROUND: The set of forces and sequence of events that govern the transition from an unfolded polypeptide chain to a functional protein with correct spatial structure remain incompletely known, despite the importance of the problem and decades of theory development, computer simulations, and laboratory experiments. Information about the correctly folded state of most proteins is likely to be present in their sequences, and yet many proteins fail to attain native structure after overexpression in a non-native environment or upon experimental denaturation and refolding...
December 1, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904144/causes-and-consequences-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-rheumatic-disease
#17
REVIEW
Fatemeh Navid, Robert A Colbert
Rheumatic diseases represent a heterogeneous group of inflammatory conditions, many of which involve chronic activation of both innate and adaptive immune responses by multiple genetic and environmental factors. These immune responses involve the secretion of excessive amounts of cytokines and other signalling mediators by activated immune cells. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the cellular organelle that directs the folding, processing and trafficking of membrane-bound and secreted proteins, including many key components of the immune response...
December 1, 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902471/autophagy-autophagy-associated-adaptive-immune-responses-and-its-role-in-hematologic-malignancies
#18
REVIEW
Liangshun You, Shenhe Jin, Li Zhu, Wenbin Qian
Autophagy is a tightly regulated catabolic process that leads to the degradation of cytoplasmatic components such as aggregated/misfolded proteins and organelles through the lysosomal machinery. Recent studies suggest that autophagy plays such a role in the context of the anti-tumor immune response, make it an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. Defective autophagy in hematopoietic stem cells may contribute to the development of hematologic malignancies, including leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, and lymphoproliferative disorder...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901028/small-heat-shock-proteins-sequester-misfolding-proteins-in-near-native-conformation-for-cellular-protection-and-efficient-refolding
#19
Sophia Ungelenk, Fatemeh Moayed, Chi-Ting Ho, Tomas Grousl, Annette Scharf, Alireza Mashaghi, Sander Tans, Matthias P Mayer, Axel Mogk, Bernd Bukau
Small heat shock proteins (sHsp) constitute an evolutionary conserved yet diverse family of chaperones acting as first line of defence against proteotoxic stress. sHsps coaggregate with misfolded proteins but the molecular basis and functional implications of these interactions, as well as potential sHsp specific differences, are poorly explored. In a comparative analysis of the two yeast sHsps, Hsp26 and Hsp42, we show in vitro that model substrates retain near-native state and are kept physically separated when complexed with either sHsp, while being completely unfolded when aggregated without sHsps...
November 30, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
#20
REVIEW
Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
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