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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933591/suppression-of-chrn-endocytosis-by-carbonic-anhydrase-car3-in-the-pathogenesis-of-myasthenia-gravis
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Ailian Du, Shiqian Huang, Xiaonan Zhao, Kuan Feng, Shuangyan Zhang, Jiefang Huang, Xiang Miao, Fulvio Baggi, Rennolds S Ostrom, Yanyun Zhang, Xiangjun Chen, Congfeng Xu
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder of the neuromuscular junction manifested as fatigable muscle weakness, which is typically caused by pathogenic autoantibodies against postsynaptic CHRN/AChR (cholinergic receptor nicotinic) in the endplate of skeletal muscle. Our previous studies have identified CA3 (carbonic anhydrase 3) as a specific protein insufficient in skeletal muscle from myasthenia gravis patients. In this study, we investigated the underlying mechanism of how CA3 insufficiency might contribute to myasthenia gravis...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931313/muscle-expression-of-sod1g93a-triggers-the-dismantlement-of-neuromuscular-junction-via-pkc-theta
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Gabriella Dobrowolny, Martina Martini, Bianca Maria Scicchitano, Vanina Romanello, Simona Boncompagni, Carmine Nicoletti, Laura Pietrangelo, Simone De Panfilis, Angela Catizone, Marina Bouche, Marco Sandri, Rudiger Rudolf, Feliciano Protasi, Antonio Musaro
Aim Neuromuscular junction (NMJ) represents the morpho-functional interface between muscle and nerve. Several chronic pathologies such as aging and neurodegenerative diseases, including muscular dystrophy and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), display altered NMJ and functional denervation. However, the triggers and the molecular mechanisms underlying the dismantlement of NMJ remain unclear. Results Here we provide evidence that perturbation in redox signaling cascades, induced by muscle-specific accumulation of mutant SOD1G93A in transgenic MLC/SOD1G93A mice, is causally linked to morphological alterations of the neuromuscular presynaptic terminals, high turnover rate of Acetylcholine Receptor (AChR), and NMJ dismantlement...
September 20, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925357/restraint-of-presynaptic-protein-levels-by-wnd-dlk-signaling-mediates-synaptic-defects-associated-with-the-kinesin-3-motor-unc-104
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Jiaxing Li, Yao V Zhang, Elham Asghari Adib, Doychin T Stanchev, Xin Xiong, Susan Klinedinst, Pushpanjali Soppina, Thomas Robert Jahn, Richard I Hume, Tobias M Rasse, Catherine A Collins
The kinesin-3 family member Unc-104/KIF1A is required for axonal transport of many presynaptic components to synapses, and mutation of this gene results in synaptic dysfunction in mice, flies and worms. Our studies at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction indicate that many synaptic defects in unc-104-null mutants are mediated independently of Unc-104's transport function, via the Wallenda (Wnd)/DLK MAP kinase axonal damage signaling pathway. Wnd signaling becomes activated when Unc-104's function is disrupted, and leads to impairment of synaptic structure and function by restraining the expression level of active zone (AZ) and synaptic vesicle (SV) components...
September 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912273/neuroligin-4-regulates-synaptic-growth-via-the-bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-signaling-pathway-at-the-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Xinwang Zhang, Menglong Rui, Guangmin Gan, Cong Huang, Jukang Yi, Huihui Lv, Wei Xie
The neuroligin (Nlg) family of neural cell adhesion molecules is thought to be required for synapse formation and development, and has been linked to the development of autism spectrum disorders in humans. In Drosophila melanogaster, mutations in the neuroligin 1-3 genes have been reported to induce synapse developmental defects at neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), but the role of neuroligin 4 (dnlg4) in synapse development has not been determined. Here, we report that the Drosophila neuroligin 4 (DNlg4) is different from DNlg1-3 that it presynaptically regulates NMJ synapse development...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904209/drosophila-mic60-mitofilin-conducts-dual-roles-in-mitochondrial-motility-and-crista-structure
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Pei-I Tsai, Amanda M Papakyrikos, Chung-Han Hsieh, Xinnan Wang
MIC60/mitofilin constitutes a hetero-oligomeric complex on the inner mitochondrial membranes to maintain crista structure. However, little is known about its physiological functions. Here, by characterizing Drosophila MIC60 mutants, we define its roles in vivo We discover that MIC60 performs dual functions to maintain mitochondrial homeostasis. In addition to its canonical role in crista membrane structure, MIC60 regulates mitochondrial motility, likely by influencing protein levels of the outer mitochondrial membrane protein Miro that anchors mitochondria to the microtubule motors...
September 13, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899858/redd1-induction-regulates-the-skeletal-muscle-gene-expression-signature-following-acute-aerobic-exercise
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Bradley S Gordon, Jennifer L Steiner, Michael L Rossetti, Shuxi Qiao, Leif W Ellisen, Subramaniam S Govindarajan, Alexey M Eroshkin, Dave L Williamson, Paul M Coen
The metabolic stress placed on skeletal muscle by aerobic exercise promotes acute and long-term health benefits in part through changes in gene expression. However, the transducers that mediate altered gene expression signatures have not been completely elucidated. Regulated in Development and DNA Damage 1 (REDD1) is a stress-induced protein whose expression is transiently increased in skeletal muscle following acute aerobic exercise. However, the role of this induction remains unclear. Because REDD1 altered gene expression in other model systems, we sought to determine whether REDD1 induction following acute exercise altered the gene expression signature in muscle...
September 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890686/synaptic-activity-and-muscle-contraction-increases-pdk1-and-pkc%C3%AE-i-phosphorylation-in-the-presynaptic-membrane-of-the-neuromuscular-junction
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Erica Hurtado, Víctor Cilleros, Laia Just, Anna Simó, Laura Nadal, Marta Tomàs, Neus Garcia, Maria A Lanuza, Josep Tomàs
Conventional protein kinase C βI (cPKCβI) is a conventional protein kinase C (PKC) isoform directly involved in the regulation of neurotransmitter release in the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). It is located exclusively at the nerve terminal and both synaptic activity and muscle contraction modulate its protein levels and phosphorylation. cPKCβI molecular maturation includes a series of phosphorylation steps, the first of which is mediated by phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1). Here, we sought to localize PDK1 in the NMJ and investigate the hypothesis that synaptic activity and muscle contraction regulate in parallel PDK1 and cPKCβI phosphorylation in the membrane fraction...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890682/impaired-mitophagy-plays-a-role-in-denervation-of-neuromuscular-junctions-in-als-mice
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Robert S Rogers, Sudheer Tungtur, Tomohiro Tanaka, Lisa L Nadeau, Yomna Badawi, Hua Wang, Hong-Min Ni, Wen-Xing Ding, Hiroshi Nishimune
Motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and animal models show degeneration from the nerve terminal, known as dying-back neuropathy. To investigate the mechanism underlying this neuropathy, we analyzed the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) and motor neuron cell bodies in SOD1(G93A) mice using electron microscopy. NMJs of SOD1(G93A) mice exhibited significantly higher numbers of autophagosomes and degenerated mitochondria compared to wild-type controls. Mitophagosomes were identified in the NMJ presynaptic terminals of wild-type mice and SOD1(G93A) mice...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885698/autoimmune-antibodies-to-collagen-xiii-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients
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Hongmin Tu, Ritva Pirskanen-Matell, Anne Heikkinen, Tuomo Oikarainen, Juha Risteli, Taina Pihlajaniemi
INTRODUCTION: Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular junction (NMJ) disorder caused by autoantibodies against NMJ proteins. Collagen XIII is a muscle-derived transmembrane protein required for NMJ maturation. The objective of this study is to explore existence of autoantibodies to collagen XIII in MG patients. METHODS: Seventy MG patient sera and 61 human healthy controls were screened for collagen XIII autoantibodies by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
September 8, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883096/cog7-deficiency-in-drosophila-generates-multifaceted-developmental-behavioral-and-protein-glycosylation-phenotypes
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Anna Frappaolo, Stefano Sechi, Tadahiro Kumagai, Sarah Robinson, Roberta Fraschini, Angela Karimpour Ghahnavieh, Giorgio Belloni, Roberto Piergentili, Katherine H Tiemeyer, Michael Tiemeyer, Maria Grazia Giansanti
Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG) comprise a family of human multi-systemic diseases caused by recessive mutations in genes required for protein N-glycosylation. More than 100 distinct forms of CDGs have been identified and most of them cause severe neurological impairment. The Conserved Oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex mediates tethering of vesicles carrying glycosylation enzymes across the Golgi cisternae. Mutations affecting human COG1, COG2, COG4-COG8 cause monogenic forms of inherited, autosomal recessive, CDGs...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882990/extended-synaptotagmin-localizes-to-presynaptic-er-and-promotes-neurotransmission-and-synaptic-growth-in-drosophila
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Koto Kikuma, Xiling Li, Daniel Kim, David Sutter, Dion K Dickman
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an extensive organelle in neurons with important roles at synapses including the regulation of cytosolic Ca(2+), neurotransmission, lipid metabolism, and membrane trafficking. Despite intriguing evidence for these crucial functions, how presynaptic ER influences synaptic physiology remains enigmatic. To gain insight into this question, we have generated and characterized mutations in the single Extended Synaptotagmin (Esyt) ortholog in Drosophila melanogaster Esyts are evolutionarily conserved ER proteins with Ca(2+)-sensing domains that have recently been shown to orchestrate membrane tethering and lipid exchange between the ER and plasma membrane...
September 7, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878618/the-non-survival-effects-of-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-on-neural-cells
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Daniel Cortés, Oscar A Carballo-Molina, María José Castellanos-Montiel, Iván Velasco
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) was first characterized as a survival-promoting molecule for dopaminergic neurons (DANs). Afterwards, other cells were also discovered to respond to GDNF not only as a survival factor but also as a protein supporting other cellular functions, such as proliferation, differentiation, maturation, neurite outgrowth and other phenomena that have been less studied than survival and are now more extendedly described here in this review article. During development, GDNF favors the commitment of neural precursors towards dopaminergic, motor, enteric and adrenal neurons; in addition, it enhances the axonal growth of some of these neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874828/srsf1-suppresses-selection-of-intron-distal-5-splice-site-of-dok7-intron-4-to-generate-functional-full-length-dok-7-protein
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Khalid Bin Ahsan, Akio Masuda, Mohammad Alinoor Rahman, Jun-Ichi Takeda, Mohammad Nazim, Bisei Ohkawara, Mikako Ito, Kinji Ohno
Dok-7 is a non-catalytic adaptor protein that facilitates agrin-induced clustering of acetylcholine receptors (AChR) at the neuromuscular junction. Alternative selection of 5' splice sites (SSs) of DOK7 intron 4 generates canonical and frame-shifted transcripts. We found that the canonical full-length Dok-7 enhanced AChR clustering, whereas the truncated Dok-7 did not. We identified a splicing cis-element close to the 3' end of exon 4 by block-scanning mutagenesis. RNA affinity purification and mass spectrometry revealed that SRSF1 binds to the cis-element...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855860/transcriptional-reorganization-of-drosophila-motor-neurons-and-their-muscular-junctions-toward-a-neuroendocrine-phenotype-by-the-bhlh-protein-dimmed
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Jiangnan Luo, Yiting Liu, Dick R Nässel
Neuroendocrine cells store and secrete bulk amounts of neuropeptides, and display morphological and molecular characteristics distinct from neurons signaling with classical neurotransmitters. In Drosophila the transcription factor Dimmed (Dimm), is a prime organizer of neuroendocrine capacity in a majority of the peptidergic neurons. These neurons display large cell bodies and extensive axon terminations that commonly do not form regular synapses. We ask which molecular compartments of a neuron are affected by Dimm to generate these morphological features...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854367/deletion-of-nampt-in-projection-neurons-of-adult-mice-leads-to-motor-dysfunction-neurodegeneration-and-death
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Xiaowan Wang, Qiao Zhang, Ruisi Bao, Nannan Zhang, Yingzhen Wang, Luis Polo-Parada, Andrew Tarim, Aidan Alemifar, Xianlin Han, Heather M Wilkins, Russell H Swerdlow, Xinglong Wang, Shinghua Ding
Intracellular nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (iNAMPT) is the rate-limiting enzyme of the mammalian NAD(+) biosynthesis salvage pathway. Using inducible and conditional knockout (cKO) mice, we show that Nampt gene deletion in adult projection neurons leads to a progressive loss of body weight, hypothermia, motor neuron (MN) degeneration, motor function deficits, paralysis, and death. Nampt deletion causes mitochondrial dysfunction, muscle fiber type conversion, and atrophy, as well as defective synaptic function at neuromuscular junctions (NMJs)...
August 29, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846707/kek-6-a-truncated-trk-like-receptor-for-drosophila-neurotrophin-2-regulates-structural-synaptic-plasticity
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Suzana Ulian-Benitez, Simon Bishop, Istvan Foldi, Jill Wentzell, Chinenye Okenwa, Manuel G Forero, Bangfu Zhu, Marta Moreira, Mark Phizacklea, Graham McIlroy, Guiyi Li, Nicholas J Gay, Alicia Hidalgo
Neurotrophism, structural plasticity, learning and long-term memory in mammals critically depend on neurotrophins binding Trk receptors to activate tyrosine kinase (TyrK) signaling, but Drosophila lacks full-length Trks, raising the question of how these processes occur in the fly. Paradoxically, truncated Trk isoforms lacking the TyrK predominate in the adult human brain, but whether they have neuronal functions independently of full-length Trks is unknown. Drosophila has TyrK-less Trk-family receptors, encoded by the kekkon (kek) genes, suggesting that evolutionarily conserved functions for this receptor class may exist...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819043/increased-acetylation-of-microtubules-rescues-human-tau-induced-microtubule-defects-and-neuromuscular-junction-abnormalities-in-drosophila
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Chuan-Xi Mao, Xue Wen, Shan Jin, Yong Q Zhang
Tau normally associates with and stabilizes microtubules (MTs), but is hyperphosphorylated and aggregated into neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative diseases, which are collectively known as tauopathies. MTs are regulated by different forms of post-translational modification including acetylation; acetylated MTs represent a more stable microtubule population. In our previous study, we show that inhibition of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6), which deacetylates tubulin at lysine 40, rescues defects in MTs and in neuromuscular junction growth caused by tau overexpression...
August 17, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810241/molecular-epidemiology-of-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-in-northern-ostrobothnia-finland-a-population-based-study
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Maria Marttila, Laura Kytövuori, Seppo Helisalmi, Mika Kallio, Marjo Laitinen, Mikko Hiltunen, Mikko Kärppä, Kari Majamaa
BACKGROUND: Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease is the most common hereditary neuromuscular disorder with a population prevalence of 9.7-82.3/100,000. In this study, we have estimated the prevalence of CMT and its subtypes in Finland and examined the frequency of molecular etiologies. METHODS: A population-based survey included adult patients with peripheral neuropathy from the province of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Secondary causes of peripheral polyneuropathy were excluded and patients with clinical and neurophysiological features pertinent with CMT were included...
August 16, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800600/botulinum-neurotoxin-c-mutants-reveal-different-effects-of-syntaxin-or-snap-25-proteolysis-on-neuromuscular-transmission
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Giulia Zanetti, Stefan Sikorra, Andreas Rummel, Nadja Krez, Elisa Duregotti, Samuele Negro, Tina Henke, Ornella Rossetto, Thomas Binz, Marco Pirazzini
Botulinum neurotoxin serotype C (BoNT/C) is a neuroparalytic toxin associated with outbreaks of animal botulism, particularly in birds, and is the only BoNT known to cleave two different SNARE proteins, SNAP-25 and syntaxin. BoNT/C was shown to be a good substitute for BoNT/A1 in human dystonia therapy because of its long lasting effects and absence of neuromuscular damage. Two triple mutants of BoNT/C, namely BoNT/C S51T/R52N/N53P (BoNT/C α-51) and BoNT/C L200W/M221W/I226W (BoNT/C α-3W), were recently reported to selectively cleave syntaxin and have been used here to evaluate the individual contribution of SNAP-25 and syntaxin cleavage to the effect of BoNT/C in vivo...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791707/preface-cholinergic-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Marco A M Prado, Pascale Marchot, Israel Silman
This special issue is a companion to the meeting 'XVth International Symposium on Cholinergic Mechanisms', and is edited by Israel Silman, Marco Prado and Pascale Marchot. In the review articles, renowned researchers in the field capture key mechanisms of cholinergic neurotransmission, from genomic amplification of cholinesterase genes, splicing and post-translational modifications; features of the neuromuscular junction, implications of cholinergic circuitry that are relevant to addiction, anxiety and mood, to preclinical models, protein biomarkers, and clinical findings that are relevant to pathology, for example, developmental neurotoxicity...
August 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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