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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520784/presynaptic-a%C3%AE-40-prevents-synapse-addition-in-the-adult-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
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Begoña López-Arias, Enrique Turiégano, Ignacio Monedero, Inmaculada Canal, Laura Torroja
Complexity in the processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein, which generates a mixture of βamyloid peptides, lies beneath the difficulty in understanding the etiology of Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, whether Aβ peptides have any physiological role in neurons is an unresolved question. By expressing single, defined Aβ peptides in Drosophila, specific effects can be discriminated in vivo. Here, we show that in the adult neuromuscular junction (NMJ), presynaptic expression of Aβ40 hinders the synaptic addition that normally occurs in adults, yielding NMJs with an invariable number of active zones at all ages tested...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515212/regulation-of-wnt-signaling-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-by-the-immunoglobulin-super-family-protein-rig-3-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Pratima Pandey, Ashwani Bhardwaj, Kavita Babu
Perturbations in synaptic function could affect the normal behavior of an animal, making it important to understand the regulatory mechanisms of synaptic signaling. Previous work has shown that in Caenorhabditis elegans an immunoglobulin super-family protein, RIG-3, functions in pre-synaptic neurons to maintain normal acetylcholine receptor levels at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). In this study we elucidate the molecular and functional mechanism of RIG-3. We demonstrate by genetic and BiFC (Bi-molecular Fluorescence Complementation) assays that pre-synaptic RIG-3 functions by directly interacting with the immunoglobulin domain of the non-conventional Wnt receptor, ROR receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK), CAM-1, that functions in post-synaptic body-wall muscles...
May 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500055/rnai-mediated-reverse-genetic-screen-identified-drosophila-chaperones-regulating-eye-and-neuromuscular-junction-morphology
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Sandeep Raut, Bhagaban Mallik, Arpan Parichha, Amrutha V, Chandan Sahi, Vimlesh Kumar
Accumulation of toxic proteins in neurons have been linked with the onset of neurodegenerative diseases, which in many cases, are characterized by altered neuronal function and synapse loss. Molecular chaperones help protein folding and resolubilization of unfolded proteins thereby reducing the protein aggregation stress. While most of the chaperones are expressed in neurons, their functional relevance largely remains unknown. Here, using bioinformatics analysis, we identified 95 Drosophila chaperones and classified them into seven different classes...
May 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490573/dok7-gene-therapy-enhances-motor-activity-and-life-span-in-als-model-mice
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Sadanori Miyoshi, Tohru Tezuka, Sumimasa Arimura, Taro Tomono, Takashi Okada, Yuji Yamanashi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, multifactorial motor neurodegenerative disease with severe muscle atrophy. The glutamate release inhibitor riluzole is the only medication approved by the FDA, and prolongs patient life span by a few months, testifying to a strong need for new treatment strategies. In ALS, motor neuron degeneration first becomes evident at the motor nerve terminals in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), the cholinergic synapse between motor neuron and skeletal muscle; degeneration then progresses proximally, implicating the NMJ as a therapeutic target...
May 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489965/evidence-for-the-subsynaptic-zone-as-a-preferential-site-for-chrn-recycling-at-neuromuscular-junctions
#5
Franziska Wild, Muzamil Majid Khan, Rüdiger Rudolf
Vertebrate skeletal muscle contraction is mediated by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (CHRN). Endocytosis and recycling of CHRN regulate their proper abundance at nerve-muscle synapses, i.e. neuromuscular junctions. Recent work showed that RAB5 is essential for CHRN endocytosis. Here, using in vivo-imaging of endocytosed CHRN and RAB-GFP fusion proteins, we deliver evidence for differential effects of RAB5-GFP, RAB4-GFP, and RAB11-GFP on CHRN endocytosis. Furthermore, while newly endocytosed CHRN colocalized with RAB5-GFP over large stretches of muscle fibers, RAB4-GFP and RAB11-GFP colocalized with endocytosed CHRN almost exclusively at neuromuscular junctions...
May 10, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489002/usp5-leon-deubiquitinase-confines-postsynaptic-growth-by-maintaining-ubiquitin-homeostasis-through-ubiquilin
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Chien-Hsiang Wang, Yi-Chun Huang, Pei-Yi Chen, Ying-Ju Cheng, Hsiu-Hua Kao, Haiwei Pi, Cheng-Ting Chien
Synapse formation and growth are tightly controlled processes. How synaptic growth is terminated after reaching proper size remains unclear. Here, we show that Leon, the Drosophila USP5 deubiquitinase, controls postsynaptic growth. In leon mutants, postsynaptic specializations of neuromuscular junctions are dramatically expanded, including the subsynaptic reticulum, the postsynaptic density, and the glutamate receptor cluster. Expansion of these postsynaptic features is caused by a disruption of ubiquitin homeostasis with accumulation of free ubiquitin chains and ubiquitinated substrates in the leon mutant...
May 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488683/progressive-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-caused-by-a-homozygous-ky-mutation
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Yuval Yogev, Yonatan Perez, Iris Noyman, Anwar Abu Madegem, Hagit Flusser, Zamir Shorer, Eugene Cohen, Leonid Kachko, Analia Michaelovsky, Ruth Birk, Arie Koifman, Max Drabkin, Ohad Wormser, Daniel Halperin, Rotem Kadir, Ohad S Birk
Twelve individuals of consanguineous Bedouin kindred presented with autosomal recessive progressive spastic paraplegia evident as of age 0-24 months, with spasticity of lower limbs, hyperreflexia, toe walking and equinus deformity. Kyphoscolisois was evident in older patients. Most had atrophy of the lateral aspects of the tongue and few had intellectual disability. Nerve conduction velocity, electromyography and head and spinal cord magnetic resonance imaging were normal in tested subjects. Muscle biopsy showed occasional central nuclei and fiber size variability with small angular fibers...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488382/neuron-specific-knockdown-of-the-drosophila-fat-induces-reduction-of-life-span-deficient-locomotive-ability-shortening-of-motoneuron-terminal-branches-and-defects-in-axonal-targeting
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Aya Nakamura, Ryo Tanaka, Kazushige Morishita, Hideki Yoshida, Yujiro Higuchi, Hiroshi Takashima, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Mutations in FAT4 gene, one of the human FAT family genes, have been identified in Van Maldergem syndrome (VMS) and Hennekam lymphangiectasia-lymphedema syndrome (HS). The FAT4 gene encodes a large protein with extracellular cadherin repeats, EGF-like domains and Laminin G-like domains. FAT4 plays a role in tumor suppression and planar cell polarity. Drosophila contains a human FAT4 homologue, fat. Drosophila fat has been mainly studied with Drosophila eye and wing systems. Here, we specially knocked down Drosophila fat in nerve system...
May 9, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472174/augmented-quantal-release-of-acetylcholine-at-the-vertebrate-neuromuscular-junction-following-tdp-43-depletion
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Stefania Dzieciolowska, Pierre Drapeau, Gary Alan Barclay Armstrong
TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43) is a 43 kD, predominately nuclear, protein involved in RNA metabolism. Of clinical significance is that the majority of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients display abnormal accumulation of misfolded TDP-43 in the cytoplasm, which is coincident with a loss of nuclear localization in the afflicted regions of the central nervous system. Little is known about defects that arise in loss-of-function models, in particular synaptic defects that arise at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470860/multiple-antibody-detection-in-seronegative-myasthenia-gravis-patients
#10
Y Hong, P Zisimopoulou, N Trakas, K Karagiorgou, C Stergiou, G O Skeie, H-J Hao, X Gao, J F Owe, X Zhang, Y-X Yue, F Romi, Q Wang, H-F Li, N E Gilhus, S J Tzartos
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease caused by antibody mediated impairment in the neuromuscular junction. Seronegative MG (SNMG) without antibodies against acetylcholine receptor (AChR) and muscle-specific kinase (MuSK) by routine assays accounts for about 20% of all MG patients. METHODS: Plasma from 81 Chinese MG patients previously found to be seronegative was tested by routine assays for AChR and MuSK antibodies. These samples were screened by (i) a novel, highly sensitive radioimmunoassay for AChR antibodies; (ii) cell-based assays for clustered AChR, MuSK and lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4 (LRP4) antibodies; (iii) a radioimmunoassay for titin antibodies...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463115/decreased-microrna-levels-lead-to-deleterious-increases-in-neuronal-m2-muscarinic-receptors-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-models
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Patrick J O'Hern, Inês do Carmo G Gonçalves, Johanna Brecht, Eduardo Javier López Soto, Jonah Simon, Natalie Chapkis, Diane Lipscombe, Min Jeong Kye, Anne C Hart
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is caused by diminished Survival of Motor Neuron (SMN) protein, leading to neuromuscular junction (NMJ) dysfunction and spinal motor neuron (MN) loss. Here, we report that reduced SMN function impacts the action of a pertinent microRNA and its mRNA target in MNs. Loss of the C. elegans SMN ortholog, SMN-1, causes NMJ defects. We found that increased levels of the C. elegans Gemin3 ortholog, MEL-46, ameliorates these defects. Increased MEL-46 levels also restored perturbed microRNA (miR-2) function in smn-1(lf) animals...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455372/regulation-of-neuromuscular-junction-organization-by-rab2-and-its-effector-ica69-in-drosophila
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Bhagaban Mallik, Manish Kumar Dwivedi, Zeeshan Mushtaq, Manisha Kumari, Praveen Kumar Verma, Vimlesh Kumar
Mechanisms underlying synaptic differentiation, which involves neuronal membrane and cytoskeletal remodeling, are not completely understood. We performed a targeted RNAi-mediated screen of Drosophila BAR-domain proteins and identified islet cell autoantigen 69 kDa (dICA69) as one of the key regulators of morphological differentiation of larval neuromuscular junction (NMJ). We show that Drosophila ICA69 colocalizes with α-Spectrin at the NMJ. The conserved N-BAR domain of dICA69 deforms liposomes in vitro Full length and ICAC but not the N-BAR domain of dICA69 induces filopodia in cultured cells...
April 28, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449366/moving-forward-with-the-neuromuscular-junction
#13
REVIEW
Claire Legay, Lin Mei
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is indispensable for survival. This synapse between motoneurons and skeletal muscle fibers allows posture, movement and respiration. Therefore, its dysfunction creates pathologies than can be lethal. The molecular mechanisms of NMJ development and maintenance are the subject of intensive studies. This mini-review focuses on some of the most recent discoveries. An unexpected role for a protein, rapsyn, which has been known for 40 years to aggregate acetylcholine receptors has emerged...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446779/functional-neuronal-differentiation-of-injury-induced-muscle-derived-stem-cell-like-cells-with-therapeutic-implications
#14
Kinga Vojnits, Haiying Pan, Xiaojing Dai, Hao Sun, Qingchun Tong, Radbod Darabi, Johnny Huard, Yong Li
Mammalian skeletal muscles contain a number of heterogeneous cell populations. Our previous study characterized a unique population of myogenic lineage stem cells that can be isolated from adult mammalian skeletal muscles upon injury. These injury-induced muscle-derived stem cell-like cells (iMuSCs) displayed a multipotent state with sensitiveness and strong migration abilities. Here, we report that these iMuSCs have the capability to form neurospheres that represent multiple neural phenotypes. The induced neuronal cells expressed various neuron-specific proteins, their mRNA expression during neuronal differentiation recapitulated embryonic neurogenesis, they generated action potentials, and they formed functional synapses in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
#15
REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#16
Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419739/cardiac-troponin-t-and-fast-skeletal-muscle-denervation-in-ageing
#17
Zherong Xu, Xin Feng, Juan Dong, Zhong-Min Wang, Jingyun Lee, Cristina Furdui, Daniel Clark Files, Kristen M Beavers, Stephen Kritchevsky, Carolanne Milligan, Jian-Ping Jin, Osvaldo Delbono, Tan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ageing skeletal muscle undergoes chronic denervation, and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), the key structure that connects motor neuron nerves with muscle cells, shows increased defects with ageing. Previous studies in various species have shown that with ageing, type II fast-twitch skeletal muscle fibres show more atrophy and NMJ deterioration than type I slow-twitch fibres. However, how this process is regulated is largely unknown. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating skeletal muscle fibre-type specific denervation at the NMJ could be critical to identifying novel treatments for sarcopenia...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402693/heparan-sulfate-proteoglycans-regulate-autophagy-in-drosophila
#18
Claire E Reynolds-Peterson, Na Zhao, Jie Xu, Taryn M Serman, Jielin Xu, Scott B Selleck
Heparan sulfate-modified proteoglycans (HSPGs) are important regulators of signaling and molecular recognition at the cell surface and in the extracellular space. Disruption of HSPG core proteins, HS-synthesis, or HS-degradation can have profound effects on growth, patterning, and cell survival. The Drosophila neuromuscular junction provides a tractable model for understanding the activities of HSPGs at a synapse that displays developmental and activity-dependent plasticity. Muscle cell-specific knockdown of HS biosynthesis disrupted the organization of a specialized postsynaptic membrane, the subsynaptic reticulum (SSR), and affected the number and morphology of mitochondria...
April 12, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390424/grmd-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-metabolism-gene-profiles-are-distinct
#19
Larry W Markham, Candice L Brinkmeyer-Langford, Jonathan H Soslow, Manisha Gupte, Douglas B Sawyer, Joe N Kornegay, Cristi L Galindo
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is caused by mutations in the DMD gene, which codes for the dystrophin protein. While progress has been made in defining the molecular basis and pathogenesis of DMD, major gaps remain in understanding mechanisms that contribute to the marked delay in cardiac compared to skeletal muscle dysfunction. METHODS: To address this question, we analyzed cardiac and skeletal muscle tissue microarrays from golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dogs, a genetically and clinically homologous model for DMD...
April 8, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386022/multiple-roles-of-integrin-%C3%AE-3-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
#20
Jacob A Ross, Richard G Webster, Tanguy Lechertier, Louise E Reynolds, Mark Turmaine, Maximilien Bencze, Yalda Jamshidi, Hakan Cetin, Francesco Muntoni, David Beeson, Kairbaan Hodilvala-Dilke, Francesco J Conti
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is the synapse between motoneuron and skeletal muscle, and is responsible for eliciting muscle contraction. Neurotransmission at synapses depends on the release of synaptic vesicles at sites called active zones (AZs). Various proteins of the extracellular matrix are crucial for NMJ development; however little is known about the identity and functions of the receptors that mediate their effects. Using genetically modified mice, we find that integrin-α3, an adhesion receptor at the presynaptic membrane, is involved in the localisation of AZ components and efficient synaptic vesicle release...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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