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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319736/structural-variants-in-snca-gene-and-the-implication-to-synucleinopathies
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REVIEW
Ornit Chiba-Falek
Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative diseases that share a common pathological lesion of intracellular protein inclusions largely composed of aggregates of alpha-synuclein protein. Accumulating evidence, including genome-wide association studies, has implicated the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene in the etiology of synucleinopathies and it has been suggested that SNCA expression levels are critical for the development of these diseases. This review focuses on genetic variants from the class of structural variants (SVs), including multiplication of large genomic segments and short (<50bp) genomic variants such as simple sequence repeats (SSRs), within the SNCA locus...
March 2, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315001/ltb-syn-a-recombinant-immunogen-for-the-development-of-plant-made-vaccines-against-synucleinopathies
#2
Jaime I Arevalo-Villalobos, Dania O Govea-Alonso, Elizabeth Monreal-Escalante, Sergio Zarazúa, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza
A recombinant antigen targeting α-synuclein was produced in the plant cell rendering an immunogenic protein capable to induce humoral responses in mice upon oral administration. Synucleinopathies are neurodegenerative diseases characterized by the abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein (α-Syn, a 140 amino acid protein that normally plays various neurophysiologic roles) aggregates. Parkinson's disease (PD) is the synucleinopathy with the highest epidemiologic impact and although its etiology remains unknown, α-Syn aggregation during disease progression pointed out α-Syn as target in the development of immunotherapies...
March 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283027/integrated-analysis-of-genetic-behavioral-and-biochemical-data-implicates-neural-stem-cell-induced-changes-in-immunity-neurotransmission-and-mitochondrial-function-in-dementia-with-lewy-body-mice
#3
Anita Lakatos, Natalie R S Goldberg, Mathew Blurton-Jones
We previously demonstrated that transplantation of murine neural stem cells (NSCs) can improve motor and cognitive function in a transgenic model of Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). These benefits occurred without changes in human α-synuclein pathology and were mediated in part by stem cell-induced elevation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). However, instrastriatal NSC transplantation likely alters the brain microenvironment via multiple mechanisms that may synergize to promote cognitive and motor recovery...
March 10, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282814/the-synucleinopathies-twenty-years-on
#4
Michel Goedert, Ross Jakes, Maria Grazia Spillantini
In 2017, it is two hundred years since James Parkinson provided the first complete clinical description of the disease named after him, fifty years since the introduction of high-dose D,L-DOPA treatment and twenty years since α-synuclein aggregation came to the fore. In 1998, multiple system atrophy joined Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies as the third major synucleinopathy. Here we review our work, which led to the identification of α-synuclein in Lewy bodies, Lewy neurites and Papp-Lantos bodies, as well as what has happened since...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271739/role-of-the-microtubule-associated-tppp-p25-in-parkinson-s-and-related-diseases-and-its-therapeutic-potential
#5
Judit Oláh, Philippe Bertrand, Judit Ovádi
The discovery and development of therapeutic strategies for the treatments of Parkinson's disease (PD) and other synucleinopathies are limited by a lack of understanding of the pathomechanisms and their connection with different diseases such as cancers. Areas covered: The hallmarks of these diseases are frequently multifunctional disordered proteins displaying moonlighting and/or chameleon features, which are challenging drug targets. A representative of these proteins is the disordered Tubulin Polymerization Promoting Protein (TPPP/p25) expressed specifically in oligodendrocytes (OLGs) in normal brain...
March 8, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257421/the-mechanism-of-sirtuin-2-mediated-exacerbation-of-alpha-synuclein-toxicity-in-models-of-parkinson-disease
#6
Rita Machado de Oliveira, Hugo Vicente Miranda, Laetitia Francelle, Raquel Pinho, Éva M Szegö, Renato Martinho, Francesca Munari, Diana F Lázaro, Sébastien Moniot, Patrícia Guerreiro, Luis Fonseca, Zrinka Marijanovic, Pedro Antas, Ellen Gerhardt, Francisco Javier Enguita, Bruno Fauvet, Deborah Penque, Teresa Faria Pais, Qiang Tong, Stefan Becker, Sebastian Kügler, Hilal Ahmed Lashuel, Clemens Steegborn, Markus Zweckstetter, Tiago Fleming Outeiro
Sirtuin genes have been associated with aging and are known to affect multiple cellular pathways. Sirtuin 2 was previously shown to modulate proteotoxicity associated with age-associated neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer and Parkinson disease (PD). However, the precise molecular mechanisms involved remain unclear. Here, we provide mechanistic insight into the interplay between sirtuin 2 and α-synuclein, the major component of the pathognomonic protein inclusions in PD and other synucleinopathies...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241427/potential-modes-of-intercellular-%C3%AE-synuclein-transmission
#7
REVIEW
Dario Valdinocci, Rowan A W Radford, Sue Maye Siow, Roger S Chung, Dean L Pountney
Intracellular aggregates of the α-synuclein protein result in cell loss and dysfunction in Parkinson's disease and atypical Parkinsonism, such as multiple system atrophy and dementia with Lewy bodies. Each of these neurodegenerative conditions, known collectively as α-synucleinopathies, may be characterized by a different suite of molecular triggers that initiate pathogenesis. The mechanisms whereby α-synuclein aggregates mediate cytotoxicity also remain to be fully elucidated. However, recent studies have implicated the cell-to-cell spread of α-synuclein as the major mode of disease propagation between brain regions during disease progression...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231462/the-complicated-relationship-between-gaucher-disease-and-parkinsonism-insights-from-a-rare-disease
#8
REVIEW
Elma Aflaki, Wendy Westbroek, Ellen Sidransky
The discovery of a link between mutations in GBA1, encoding the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase, and the synucleinopathies directly resulted from the clinical recognition of patients with Gaucher disease with parkinsonism. Mutations in GBA1 are now the most common known genetic risk factor for several Lewy body disorders, and an inverse relationship exists between levels of glucocerebrosidase and oligomeric α-synuclein. While the underlying mechanisms are still debated, this complicated association is shedding light on the role of lysosomes in neurodegenerative disorders, demonstrating how insights from a rare disorder can direct research into the pathogenesis and therapy of seemingly unrelated common diseases...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225193/human-neural-progenitor-transplantation-rescues-behavior-and-reduces-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-a-transgenic-model-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Natalie R S Goldberg, Samuel E Marsh, Joseph Ochaba, Brandon C Shelley, Hayk Davtyan, Leslie M Thompson, Joan S Steffan, Clive N Svendsen, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders sharing the common feature of misfolding and accumulation of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (α-syn) into insoluble aggregates. Within this diverse group, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is characterized by the aberrant accumulation of α-syn in cortical, hippocampal, and brainstem neurons, resulting in multiple cellular stressors that particularly impair dopamine and glutamate neurotransmission and related motor and cognitive function. Recent studies show that murine neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation can improve cognitive or motor function in transgenic models of Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease, and DLB...
February 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223512/glucosylceramide-synthase-inhibition-alleviates-aberrations-in-synucleinopathy-models
#10
S Pablo Sardi, Catherine Viel, Jennifer Clarke, Christopher M Treleaven, Amy M Richards, Hyejung Park, Maureen A Olszewski, James C Dodge, John Marshall, Elina Makino, Bing Wang, Richard L Sidman, Seng H Cheng, Lamya S Shihabuddin
Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase gene (GBA) confer a heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) and other synucleinopathies, resulting in a lower age of onset and exacerbating disease progression. However, the precise mechanisms by which mutations in GBA increase PD risk and accelerate its progression remain unclear. Here, we investigated the merits of glucosylceramide synthase (GCS) inhibition as a potential treatment for synucleinopathies. Two murine models of synucleinopathy (a Gaucher-related synucleinopathy model, Gba(D409V/D409V) and a A53T-α-synuclein overexpressing model harboring wild-type alleles of GBA, A53T-SNCA mouse model) were exposed to a brain-penetrant GCS inhibitor, GZ667161...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213435/genetics-of-synucleinopathies
#11
Robert L Nussbaum
Parkinson's disease (PD), diffuse Lewy body disease (DLBD), and multiple system atrophy (MSA) constitute the three major neurodegenerative disorders referred to as synucleinopathies because both genetic and pathological results implicate the α-synuclein protein in their pathogenesis. PD and DLBD are recognized as closely related diseases with substantial clinical and pathological overlap. MSA, on the other hand, has a distinctive clinical presentation and neuropathological profile. In this review, we will summarize the evidence linking α-synuclein to these three disorders...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202694/pure-autonomic-failure-predictors-of-conversion-to-clinical-cns-involvement
#12
Wolfgang Singer, Sarah E Berini, Paola Sandroni, Robert D Fealey, Elizabeth A Coon, Mariana D Suarez, Eduardo E Benarroch, Phillip A Low
OBJECTIVE: Based on the observation that a subset of patients originally diagnosed with pure autonomic failure (PAF) eventually develops extrapyramidal or cerebellar involvement consistent with multiple system atrophy (MSA), Parkinson disease (PD), or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), we aimed to identify predictors of progression of PAF to more sinister synucleinopathies. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we reviewed patients seen at Mayo Clinic Rochester by autonomic specialists between 2001 and 2011 and during initial evaluation diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension consistent with PAF (possible PAF)...
March 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195695/o-glcnacylation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-at-serine-87-reduces-aggregation-without-affecting-membrane-binding
#13
Yuka E Lewis, Ana Galesic, Paul M Levine, Cesar A De Leon, Natalie Lamiri, Caroline K Brennan, Matthew R Pratt
The aggregation of neurodegenerative-disease associated proteins can be affected by many factors, including a variety of post-translational modifications. One such modification, O-GlcNAcylation, has been found on some of these aggregation prone proteins, including α-synuclein, the major protein that plays a causative role in synucleinopathies like Parkinson's disease. We previously used synthetic protein chemistry to prepare α-synuclein bearing a homogeneous O-GlcNAc modification at threonine 72 and showed that this modification inhibits protein aggregation...
February 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188385/pure-autonomic-failure-without-synucleinopathy
#14
Risa Isonaka, Courtney Holmes, Glen A Cook, Patti Sullivan, Yehonatan Sharabi, David S Goldstein
Pure autonomic failure is a rare form of chronic autonomic failure manifesting with neurogenic orthostatic hypotension and evidence of sympathetic noradrenergic denervation unaccompanied by signs of central neurodegeneration. It has been proposed that pure autonomic failure is a Lewy body disease characterized by intra-neuronal deposition of the protein alpha-synuclein in Lewy bodies and neurites. A middle-aged man with previously diagnosed pure autonomic failure experienced a sudden, fatal cardiac arrest. He was autopsied, and tissues were harvested for neurochemical and immunofluorescence studies...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180961/dermal-phospho-alpha-synuclein-deposits-confirm-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder-as-prodromal-parkinson-s-disease
#15
Kathrin Doppler, Hanna-Maria Jentschke, Lena Schulmeyer, David Vadasz, Annette Janzen, Markus Luster, Helmut Höffken, Geert Mayer, Joachim Brumberg, Jan Booij, Thomas Musacchio, Stephan Klebe, Elisabeth Sittig-Wiegand, Jens Volkmann, Claudia Sommer, Wolfgang H Oertel
Phosphorylated alpha-synuclein (p-alpha-syn) deposits, one of the neuropathological hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD), have recently been detected in dermal nerve fibres in PD patients with good specificity and sensitivity. Here, we studied whether p-alpha-syn may serve as a biomarker in patients with a high risk of developing PD, such as those with REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). We compared the presence and distribution of p-alpha-syn deposits in dermal nerve fibres in 18 patients with RBD, 25 patients with early PD and 20 normal controls...
April 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170377/%C3%AE-synuclein-toxicity-in-neurodegeneration-mechanism-and-therapeutic-strategies
#16
REVIEW
Yvette C Wong, Dimitri Krainc
Alterations in α-synuclein dosage lead to familial Parkinson's disease (PD), and its accumulation results in synucleinopathies that include PD, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). Furthermore, α-synuclein contributes to the fibrilization of amyloid-b and tau, two key proteins in Alzheimer's disease, which suggests a central role for α-synuclein toxicity in neurodegeneration. Recent studies of factors contributing to α-synuclein toxicity and its disruption of downstream cellular pathways have expanded our understanding of disease pathogenesis in synucleinopathies...
February 7, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159635/%C3%AE-synuclein-binds-to-cytoplasmic-vesicles-in-u251-glioblastoma-cells
#17
Jinyan Duan, Zhengxin Ying, Yang Su, Fankai Lin, Yulin Deng
α-Synuclein is the major component of Lewy bodies, Lewy neurites, and glial cytoplasmic inclusions. It plays an important role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, and other synucleinopathies. However, the pathogenesis and neurodegenerative effects of α-synuclein remain unknown. In this study, we established an α-synuclein and an α-synuclein-EGFP overexpressing U251 cell line. α-Synuclein overexpression increases oxidative stress and alters the cell surface and mitochondrial morphologies...
March 6, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155912/repurposing-doxycycline-for-synucleinopathies-remodelling-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-oligomers-towards-non-toxic-parallel-beta-sheet-structured-species
#18
Florencia González-Lizárraga, Sergio B Socías, César L Ávila, Clarisa M Torres-Bugeau, Leandro R S Barbosa, Andres Binolfi, Julia E Sepúlveda-Díaz, Elaine Del-Bel, Claudio O Fernandez, Dulce Papy-Garcia, Rosangela Itri, Rita Raisman-Vozari, Rosana N Chehín
Synucleinophaties are progressive neurodegenerative disorders with no cure to date. An attractive strategy to tackle this problem is repurposing already tested safe drugs against novel targets. In this way, doxycycline prevents neurodegeneration in Parkinson models by modulating neuroinflammation. However, anti-inflammatory therapy per se is insufficient to account for neuroprotection. Herein we characterise novel targets of doxycycline describing the structural background supporting its effectiveness as a neuroprotector at subantibiotic doses...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148299/propagation-of-pathological-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-marmoset-brain
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Aki Shimozawa, Maiko Ono, Daisuke Takahara, Airi Tarutani, Sei Imura, Masami Masuda-Suzukake, Makoto Higuchi, Kazuhiko Yanai, Shin-Ichi Hisanaga, Masato Hasegawa
α-Synuclein is a defining, key component of Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites in Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), as well as glial cytoplasmic inclusions in multiple system atrophy (MSA). The distribution and spreading of these pathologies are closely correlated with disease progression. Recent studies have revealed that intracerebral injection of synthetic α-synuclein fibrils or pathological α-synuclein prepared from DLB or MSA brains into wild-type or transgenic animal brains induced prion-like propagation of phosphorylated α-synuclein pathology...
February 2, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144037/automated-analysis-of-connected-speech-reveals-early-biomarkers-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-patients-with-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-behaviour-disorder
#20
Jan Hlavnička, Roman Čmejla, Tereza Tykalová, Karel Šonka, Evžen Růžička, Jan Rusz
For generations, the evaluation of speech abnormalities in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) has been limited to perceptual tests or user-controlled laboratory analysis based upon rather small samples of human vocalizations. Our study introduces a fully automated method that yields significant features related to respiratory deficits, dysphonia, imprecise articulation and dysrhythmia from acoustic microphone data of natural connected speech for predicting early and distinctive patterns of neurodegeneration...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
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