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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
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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
#2
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...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198373/hormetic-heat-stress-and-hsf-1-induce-autophagy-to-improve-survival-and-proteostasis-in-c-elegans
#3
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
#4
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 ten 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 7, 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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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 5, 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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999335/mutant-cag-repeats-effectively-targeted-by-rna-interference-in-sca7-cells
#15
Agnieszka Fiszer, Joanna P Wroblewska, Bartosz M Nowak, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7) is a human neurodegenerative polyglutamine (polyQ) disease caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the open reading frame of the ATXN7 gene. The allele-selective silencing of mutant transcripts using a repeat-targeting strategy has previously been used for several polyQ diseases. Herein, we demonstrate that the selective targeting of a repeat tract in a mutant ATXN7 transcript by RNA interference is a feasible approach and results in an efficient decrease of mutant ataxin-7 protein in patient-derived cells...
December 17, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986569/backbone-engineering-within-a-latent-%C3%AE-hairpin-structure-to-design-inhibitors-of-polyglutamine-amyloid-formation
#16
Karunakar Kar, Matthew A Baker, George A Lengyel, Cody L Hoop, Ravindra Kodali, In-Ja Byeon, W Seth Horne, Patrick C A van der Wel, Ronald Wetzel
Candidates for the toxic molecular species in the expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat diseases range from various types of aggregates to "misfolded" monomers. One way to vet these candidates is to develop mutants that restrict conformational landscapes. Previously, we inserted two self-complementary β-hairpin enhancing motifs into a short polyQ sequence to generate a mutant, here called "βHP," that exhibits greatly improved amyloid nucleation without measurably enhancing β-structure in the monomer ensemble...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984179/immunohistochemical-analysis-of-huntingtin-associated-protein-1in-adult-rat-spinal-cord-and-its-regional-relationship-with-androgen-receptor
#17
Md Nabiul Islam, Yukio Takeshita, Akie Yanai, Amami Imagawa, Mir Rubayet Jahan, Greggory Wroblewski, Joe Nemoto, Ryutaro Fujinaga, Koh Shinoda
Huntingtin-associated protein 1 (HAP1) is a neuronal interactor with causatively polyglutamine (polyQ)-expanded huntingtin in Huntington's disease and also associated with pathologically polyQ-expanded androgen receptor (AR) in spinobulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), being considered as a protective factor against neurodegenerative apoptosis. In normal brains, it is abundantly expressed particularly in the limbic-hypothalamic regions that tend to be spared from neurodegeneration, whereas the areas with little HAP1 expression, including the striatum, thalamus, cerebral neocortex and cerebellum, are targets in several neurodegenerative diseases...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979829/polyglutamine-length-dependent-toxicity-from-%C3%AE-1act-in-drosophila-models-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-6
#18
Wei-Ling Tsou, Sultan H Qiblawi, Ryan R Hosking, Christopher M Gomez, Sokol V Todi
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is a neurodegenerative disease that results from abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat. SCA6 is caused by CAG triplet repeat expansion in the gene CACNA1A, resulting in a polyQ tract of 19-33 in patients. CACNA1A, a bicistronic gene, encodes the α1A calcium channel subunit and the transcription factor, α1ACT. PolyQ expansion in α1ACT causes degeneration in mice. We recently described the first Drosophila models of SCA6 that express α1ACT with a normal (11Q) or hyper-expanded (70Q) polyQ...
December 15, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957684/huntingtin-polyq-mutation-impairs-the-17%C3%AE-estradiol-neuroglobin-pathway-devoted-to-neuron-survival
#19
Maria Teresa Nuzzo, Marco Fiocchetti, Pierangela Totta, Mariarosa A B Melone, Antonella Cardinale, Francesca R Fusco, Stefano Gustincich, Francesca Persichetti, Paolo Ascenzi, Maria Marino
Among several mechanisms underlying the well-known trophic and protective effects of 17β-estradiol (E2) in the brain, we recently reported that E2 induces the up-regulation of two anti-apoptotic and neuroprotectant proteins: huntingtin (HTT) and neuroglobin (NGB). Here, we investigate the role of this up-regulation. The obtained results indicate that E2 promotes NGB-HTT association, induces the localization of the complex at the mitochondria, and protects SK-N-BE neuroblastoma cells and murine striatal cells, which express wild-type HTT (i...
December 12, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938392/ulk1-mediated-phosphorylation-of-atg14-promotes-autophagy-and-is-impaired-in-huntington-s-disease-models
#20
Mitchell S Wold, Junghyun Lim, Véronik Lachance, Zhiqiang Deng, Zhenyu Yue
BACKGROUND: Autophagy is a bulk degradation pathway for long-lived proteins, protein aggregates, and damaged organelles. ULK1 protein kinase and Vps34 lipid kinase are two key autophagy regulators that are critical for autophagosome biogenesis. However, it isn't fully understood how ULK1 regulates Vps34, especially in the context of disease. Polyglutamine expansion in huntingtin (Htt) causes aberrant accumulation of the aggregated protein and disrupts various cellular pathways including autophagy, a lysosomal degradation pathway, underlying the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease (HD)...
December 9, 2016: Molecular Neurodegeneration
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