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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333578/hormetic-heat-shock-and-hsf-1-overexpression-improve-c-elegans-survival-by-inducing-autophagy
#1
Caroline Kumsta, Malene Hansen
The cellular recycling process of macroautophagy/autophagy is an essential homeostatic system induced by various stresses, but it remains unclear how autophagy contributes to organismal stress resistance. In a recent study, we report that a mild and physiologically beneficial ("hormetic") heat shock as well as overexpression of the heat-shock responsive transcription factor HSF-1 systemically increases autophagy in C. elegans. Accordingly, we found HSF-1- and heat stress-inducible autophagy to be required for C...
March 23, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327982/the-role-of-ar-polyq-tract-in-male-breast-carcinoma-lesson-from-a-sbma-case
#2
Giorgia Querin, Ilaria Martinelli, Cinzia Bertolin, Elena Pegoraro, Maria Pennuto, Gianni Sorarù
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 28, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319202/evolving-notch-polyq-tracts-reveal-possible-solenoid-interference-elements
#3
Albert J Erives
Polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts in regulatory proteins are extremely polymorphic. As functional elements under selection for length, triplet repeats are prone to DNA replication slippage and indel mutations. Many polyQ tracts are also embedded within intrinsically disordered domains, which are less constrained, fast evolving, and difficult to characterize. To identify structural principles underlying polyQ tracts in disordered regulatory domains, here I analyze deep evolution of metazoan Notch polyQ tracts, which can generate alleles causing developmental and neurogenic defects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281930/combined-trna-modification-defects-impair-protein-homeostasis-and-synthesis-of-the-yeast-prion-protein-rnq1
#4
Raffael Schaffrath, Roland Klassen
Modified nucleosides in tRNA anticodon loops such as 5-methoxy-carbonyl-methyl-2-thiouridine (mcm(5)s(2)U) and pseuduridine (Ψ) are thought to be required for an efficient decoding process. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the simultaneous presence of mcm(5)s(2)U and Ψ38 in tRNA(Gln)UUG was shown to mediate efficient synthesis of the Q/N rich [PIN(+)] prion forming protein Rnq1. (1) In the absence of these two tRNA modifications, higher than normal levels of hypomodified tRNA(Gln)UUG, but not its isoacceptor tRNA(Gln)CUG can restore Rnq1 synthesis...
January 2, 2017: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263187/aggregation-of-scaffolding-protein-disc1-dysregulates-phosphodiesterase-4-in-huntington-s-disease
#5
Motomasa Tanaka, Koko Ishizuka, Yoko Nekooki-Machida, Ryo Endo, Noriko Takashima, Hideyuki Sasaki, Yusuke Komi, Amy Gathercole, Elaine Huston, Kazuhiro Ishii, Kelvin Kai-Wan Hui, Masaru Kurosawa, Sun-Hong Kim, Nobuyuki Nukina, Eiki Takimoto, Miles D Houslay, Akira Sawa
Huntington's disease (HD) is a polyglutamine (polyQ) disease caused by aberrant expansion of the polyQ tract in Huntingtin (HTT). While motor impairment mediated by polyQ-expanded HTT has been intensively studied, molecular mechanisms for nonmotor symptoms in HD, such as psychiatric manifestations, remain elusive. Here we have demonstrated that HTT forms a ternary protein complex with the scaffolding protein DISC1 and cAMP-degrading phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) to regulate PDE4 activity. We observed pathological cross-seeding between DISC1 and mutant HTT aggregates in the brains of HD patients as well as in a murine model that recapitulates the polyQ pathology of HD (R6/2 mice)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235896/pathogenic-huntington-alters-bmp-signaling-and-synaptic-growth-through-local-disruptions-of-endosomal-compartments
#6
Yulia Akbergenova, J Troy Littleton
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by expansion of a polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch within the Huntingtin (Htt) protein. Pathogenic Htt disrupts multiple neuronal processes, including gene expression, axonal trafficking, proteasome and mitochondrial activity, and intracellular vesicle trafficking. However, the primary pathogenic mechanism and subcellular site of action for mutant Htt are still unclear. Using a Drosophila HD model, we found that pathogenic Htt expression leads to a profound overgrowth of synaptic connections that directly correlates with the levels of Htt at nerve terminals...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211815/generation-and-characterization-of-knock-in-mouse-models-expressing-versions-of-huntingtin-with-either-an-n17-or-a-combined-polyq-and-proline-rich-region-deletion
#7
Emily A André, Elise M Braatz, Jeh-Ping Liu, Scott O Zeitlin
BACKGROUND: The polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch of the Huntingtin protein (HTT) in mammals is flanked by a highly conserved 17 amino acid N-terminal domain (N17), and a proline-rich region (PRR). The PRR is a binding site for many HTT-interacting proteins, and the N17 domain regulates several normal HTT functions, including HTT's ability to associate with membranes and organelles. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the consequence of deleting mouse Huntingtin's (Htt's) N17 domain or a combination of its polyQ stretch and PRR (QP) on normal Htt function in mice...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202696/low-cancer-prevalence-in-polyglutamine-expansion-diseases
#8
Giulia Coarelli, Alhassane Diallo, Morgane Sonia Thion, Daisy Rinaldi, Fabienne Calvas, Ouahid Lagha Boukbiza, Alina Tataru, Perrine Charles, Christine Tranchant, Cecilia Marelli, Claire Ewenczyk, Maya Tchikviladzé, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Bertrand Carlander, Mathieu Anheim, Alexis Brice, Fanny Mochel, Sophie Tezenas du Montcel, Sandrine Humbert, Alexandra Durr
OBJECTIVE: Polyglutamine (PolyQ) diseases are dominantly transmitted neurologic disorders, caused by coding and expanded CAG trinucleotide repeats. Cancer was reported retrospectively to be rare in patients with PolyQ diseases and we aimed to investigate its prevalence in France. METHODS: Consecutive patients with Huntington disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) were questioned about cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and related risk factors in 4 university hospitals in Paris, Toulouse, Strasbourg, and Montpellier...
March 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198373/hormetic-heat-stress-and-hsf-1-induce-autophagy-to-improve-survival-and-proteostasis-in-c-elegans
#9
Caroline Kumsta, Jessica T Chang, Jessica Schmalz, Malene Hansen
Stress-response pathways have evolved to maintain cellular homeostasis and to ensure the survival of organisms under changing environmental conditions. Whereas severe stress is detrimental, mild stress can be beneficial for health and survival, known as hormesis. Although the universally conserved heat-shock response regulated by transcription factor HSF-1 has been implicated as an effector mechanism, the role and possible interplay with other cellular processes, such as autophagy, remains poorly understood...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170216/proteins-containing-expanded-polyglutamine-tracts-and-neurodegenerative-disease
#10
Adewale Adegbuyiro, Faezeh Sedighi, Albert W Pilkington, Sharon Groover, Justin Legleiter
Several hereditary neurological and neuromuscular diseases are caused by an abnormal expansion of trinucleotide repeats. To date, there have been 10 of these trinucleotide repeat disorders associated with an expansion of the codon CAG encoding glutamine (Q). For these polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases, there is a critical threshold length of the CAG repeat required for disease, and further expansion beyond this threshold is correlated with age of onset and symptom severity. PolyQ expansion in the translated proteins promotes their self-assembly into a variety of oligomeric and fibrillar aggregate species that accumulate into the hallmark proteinaceous inclusion bodies associated with each disease...
February 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153533/dysregulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-striatum-of-bachd-rats-expressing-full-length-mutant-huntingtin-and-associated-abnormalities-on-molecular-and-protein-levels
#11
Libo Yu-Taeger, Michael Bonin, Janice Stricker-Shaver, Olaf Riess, Hoa Huu Phuc Nguyen
Huntington disease (HD) is an autosomal dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the gene coding for the huntingtin protein (HTT). Mutant HTT (mHTT) has been proposed to cause neuronal dysfunction and neuronal loss through multiple mechanisms. Transcriptional changes may be a core pathogenic feature of HD. Utilizing the Affymetrix platform we performed a genome-wide RNA expression analysis in two BACHD transgenic rat lines (TG5 and TG9) at 12 months of age, both of which carry full-length human mHTT but with different expression levels...
January 30, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142290/nanoparticulate-strategies-for-the-treatment-of-polyglutamine-diseases-by-halting-the-protein-aggregation-process-%C3%A2
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Oscar Escalona-Rayo, Paulina Fuentes-Vázquez, Gerardo Leyva-Gómez, Bulmaro Cisneros, Rafael Villalobos, Jonathan J Magaña, David Quintanar-Guerrero
Polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases are a class of neurodegenerative disorders that cause cellular dysfunction and, eventually, neuronal death in specific regions of the brain. Neurodegeneration is linked to the misfolding and aggregation of expanded polyQ-containing proteins, and their inhibition is one of major therapeutic strategies used commonly. However, successful treatment has been limited to date because of the intrinsic properties of therapeutic agents (poor water solubility, low bioavailability, poor pharmacokinetic properties), and difficulty in crossing physiological barriers, including the blood-brain barrier (BBB)...
January 31, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125688/the-protein-structure-context-of-polyq-regions
#13
Franziska Totzeck, Miguel A Andrade-Navarro, Pablo Mier
Proteins containing glutamine repeats (polyQ) are known to be structurally unstable. Abnormal expansion of polyQ in some proteins exceeding a certain threshold leads to neurodegenerative disease, a symptom of which are protein aggregates. This has led to extensive research of the structure of polyQ stretches. However, the accumulation of contradictory results suggests that protein context might be of importance. Here we aimed to evaluate the structural context of polyQ regions in proteins by analysing the secondary structure of polyQ proteins and their homologs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102471/yorkie-regulates-neurodegeneration-through-canonical-pathway-and-innate-immune-response
#14
Sandeep Kumar Dubey, Madhu G Tapadia
Expansion of CAG repeats in certain genes has long been known to be associated with neurodegenerastion, but the quest to identity the underlying mechanisms is still on. Here, we analyzed the role of Yorkie, the coactivator of the Hippo pathway, and provide evidence to state that it is a robust genetic modifier of polyglutamine (PolyQ)-mediated neurodegeneration. Yorkie reduces the pathogenicity of inclusion bodies in the cell by activating cyclin E and bantam, rather than by preventing apoptosis through DIAP1...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102321/the-chaperonin-cct-inhibits-assembly-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-by-a-specific-conformation-dependent-interaction
#15
Begoña Sot, Alejandra Rubio-Muñoz, Ahudrey Leal-Quintero, Javier Martínez-Sabando, Miguel Marcilla, Cintia Roodveldt, José M Valpuesta
The eukaryotic chaperonin CCT (chaperonin containing TCP-1) uses cavities built into its double-ring structure to encapsulate and to assist folding of a large subset of proteins. CCT can inhibit amyloid fibre assembly and toxicity of the polyQ extended mutant of huntingtin, the protein responsible for Huntington's disease. This raises the possibility that CCT modulates other amyloidopathies, a still-unaddressed question. We show here that CCT inhibits amyloid fibre assembly of α-synuclein A53T, one of the mutants responsible for Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096245/prion-like-characteristics-of-polyglutamine-containing-proteins
#16
Margaret M P Pearce, Ron R Kopito
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are infectious neurodegenerative diseases caused by the conversion of prion protein (PrP) into a self-replicating conformation that spreads via templated conversion of natively folded PrP molecules within or between cells. Recent studies provide compelling evidence that prion-like behavior is a general property of most protein aggregates associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Many of these disorders are associated with spontaneous protein aggregation, but genetic mutations can increase the aggregation propensity of specific proteins, including expansion of polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts, which is causative of nine inherited neurodegenerative diseases...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065793/polyglutamine-expansion-of-ataxin-3-alters-its-degree-of-ubiquitination-and-phosphorylation-at-specific-sites
#17
Line V Kristensen, Felix S Oppermann, Matthias J Rauen, Rasmus Hartmann-Petersen, Kenneth Thirstrup
Ubiquitination and phosphorylation of proteins represent post translational modifications (PTMs) capable of regulating a variety of cellular processes. In the neurodegenerative disorder spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), the disease causing protein ataxin-3 carries an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch causing it to aggregate in nuclear inclusions. These inclusions are decorated with ubiquitin suggestive of a malfunction in the clearance of the mutant protein. Differences in ubiquitin chain topology between normal and polyQ expanded ataxin-3 could be involved in the differential clearance of the two proteins and play a role in SCA3 pathogenesis...
January 6, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052107/ubiquitin-accumulation-on-disease-associated-protein-aggregates-is-correlated-with-nuclear-ubiquitin-depletion-histone-de-ubiquitination-and-impaired-dna-damage-response
#18
Adi Ben Yehuda, Marwa Risheq, Ofra Novoplansky, Kirill Bersuker, Ron R Kopito, Michal Goldberg, Michael Brandeis
Deposition of ubiquitin conjugates on inclusion bodies composed of protein aggregates is a definitive cytopathological hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases. We show that accumulation of ubiquitin on polyQ IB, associated with Huntington's disease, is correlated with extensive depletion of nuclear ubiquitin and histone de-ubiquitination. Histone ubiquitination plays major roles in chromatin regulation and DNA repair. Accordingly, we observe that cells expressing IB fail to respond to radiomimetic DNA damage, to induce gamma-H2AX phosphorylation and to recruit 53BP1 to damaged foci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027448/induced-pluripotent-hd-monkey-stem-cells-derived-neural-cells-for-drug-discovery
#19
Tanut Kunkanjanawan, Richard Carter, Kwan-Sung Ahn, Jinjing Yang, Rangsun Parnpai, Anthony W S Chan
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by an expansion of CAG trinucleotide repeat (polyglutamine [polyQ]) in the huntingtin ( HTT) gene, which leads to the formation of mutant HTT (mHTT) protein aggregates. In the nervous system, an accumulation of mHTT protein results in glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity, proteosome instability, and apoptosis. Although HD pathogenesis has been extensively studied, effective treatment of HD has yet to be developed. Therapeutic discovery research in HD has been reported using yeast, cells derived from transgenic animal models and HD patients, and induced pluripotent stem cells from patients...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003546/adenylyl-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-reduces-phosphorylation-and-toxicity-of-the-polyglutamine-expanded-androgen-receptor-in-spinobulbar-muscular-atrophy
#20
Maria Josè Polanco, Sara Parodi, Diana Piol, Conor Stack, Mathilde Chivet, Andrea Contestabile, Helen C Miranda, Patricia M-J Lievens, Stefano Espinoza, Tobias Jochum, Anna Rocchi, Christopher Grunseich, Raul R Gainetdinov, Andrew C B Cato, Andrew P Lieberman, Albert R La Spada, Fabio Sambataro, Kenneth H Fischbeck, Illana Gozes, Maria Pennuto
Spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is an X-linked neuromuscular disease caused by polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) gene. SBMA belongs to the family of polyQ diseases, which are fatal neurodegenerative disorders mainly caused by protein-mediated toxic gain-of-function mechanisms and characterized by deposition of misfolded proteins in the form of aggregates. The neurotoxicity of the polyQ proteins can be modified by phosphorylation at specific sites, thereby providing the rationale for the development of disease-specific treatments...
December 21, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
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