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R Juntas Morales, N Pageot, G Taieb, W Camu
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) refers to a group of disorders affecting lower motor neurons. The age of onset of these disorders is variable, ranging from the neonatal period to adulthood. Over the last few years, there has been enormous progress in the description of new genes and phenotypes that throw new light on the molecular pathways involved in motor neuron degeneration. Advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of the most frequent forms, SMA linked to SMN1 gene mutations and Kennedy disease, has led to the development of therapeutic strategies currently being tested in clinical trials...
April 26, 2017: Revue Neurologique
Xiao Huang, Dongsheng Fan
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March 23, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Shyamal Mosalaganti, Jenny Keller, Anika Altenfeld, Michael Winzker, Pascaline Rombaut, Michael Saur, Arsen Petrovic, Annemarie Wehenkel, Sabine Wohlgemuth, Franziska Müller, Stefano Maffini, Tanja Bange, Franz Herzog, Herbert Waldmann, Stefan Raunser, Andrea Musacchio
Kinetochores are macromolecular assemblies that connect chromosomes to spindle microtubules (MTs) during mitosis. The metazoan-specific ≈800-kD ROD-Zwilch-ZW10 (RZZ) complex builds a fibrous corona that assembles on mitotic kinetochores before MT attachment to promote chromosome alignment and robust spindle assembly checkpoint signaling. In this study, we combine biochemical reconstitutions, single-particle electron cryomicroscopy, cross-linking mass spectrometry, and structural modeling to build a complete model of human RZZ...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
M Budzinska, K B Wicher, M Terenzio
All cell types rely on active intracellular cargo transport to shuttle essential cellular components such as proteins, lipids, RNA, and even organelles from the center to the periphery and vice versa. Additionally, several signaling pathways take advantage of intracellular transport to propagate their signals by moving activated receptors and protein effectors to specific locations inside the cell. Neurons particularly, being a very polarized cell type, are highly dependent on molecular motors for the anterograde and retrograde delivery of essential cellular components and signaling molecules...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
Ha Thi Hoang, Max A Schlager, Andrew P Carter, Simon L Bullock
Mutations in the human DYNC1H1 gene are associated with neurological diseases. DYNC1H1 encodes the heavy chain of cytoplasmic dynein-1, a 1.4-MDa motor complex that traffics organelles, vesicles, and macromolecules toward microtubule minus ends. The effects of the DYNC1H1 mutations on dynein motility, and consequently their links to neuropathology, are not understood. Here, we address this issue using a recombinant expression system for human dynein coupled to single-molecule resolution in vitro motility assays...
February 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Andreas Unger, Gabriele Dekomien, Anne Güttsches, Thomas Dreps, Rudolf Kley, Martin Tegenthoff, Andreas Ferbert, Joachim Weis, Christoph Heyer, Wolfgang A Linke, Lilian Martinez-Carrera, Markus Storbeck, Brunhilde Wirth, Sabine Hoffjan, Matthias Vorgerd
OBJECTIVE: To expand the spectrum of bicaudal D, Drosophila, homologue 2 (BICD2) gene-related diseases, which so far includes autosomal dominant spinal muscular atrophy with lower extremity predominance 2 and hereditary spastic paraplegia due to mutations in the BICD2 gene. METHODS: We analyzed 2 independent German families with clinical, genetic, and muscle MRI studies. In both index patients, muscle histopathologic studies were performed. Transfection studies were carried out to analyze the functional consequences of the disease-causing mutations...
November 22, 2016: Neurology
Gianina Ravenscroft, Nataliya Di Donato, Gabriele Hahn, Mark R Davis, Paul D Craven, Gemma Poke, Katherine R Neas, Teresa M Neuhann, William B Dobyns, Nigel G Laing
Autosomal dominantly inherited mutations of BICD2 are associated with congenital-onset spinal muscular atrophy characterised by lower limb predominance. A few cases have also showed upper motor neuron pathology, including presenting with features resembling hereditary spastic paraplegia. The age-of-onset for the published families is usually at birth but also included cases with childhood- and adult-onset disease. In this report we described two isolated probands that presented in utero with features associated with reduced fetal movements...
November 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Vladislav Belyy, Max A Schlager, Helen Foster, Armando E Reimer, Andrew P Carter, Ahmet Yildiz
Kinesin and dynein motors transport intracellular cargos bidirectionally by pulling them in opposite directions along microtubules, through a process frequently described as a 'tug of war'. While kinesin produces 6 pN of force, mammalian dynein was found to be a surprisingly weak motor (0.5-1.5 pN) in vitro, suggesting that many dyneins are required to counteract the pull of a single kinesin. Mammalian dynein's association with dynactin and Bicaudal-D2 (BICD2) activates its processive motility, but it was unknown how this affects dynein's force output...
September 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Mara A Olenick, Mariko Tokito, Malgorzata Boczkowska, Roberto Dominguez, Erika L F Holzbaur
Cytoplasmic dynein drives the majority of minus end-directed vesicular and organelle motility in the cell. However, it remains unclear how dynein is spatially and temporally regulated given the variety of cargo that must be properly localized to maintain cellular function. Recent work has suggested that adaptor proteins provide a mechanism for cargo-specific regulation of motors. Of particular interest, studies in fungal systems have implicated Hook proteins in the regulation of microtubule motors. Here we investigate the role of mammalian Hook proteins, Hook1 and Hook3, as potential motor adaptors...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sabine Rudnik-Schöneborn, Florian Deden, Katja Eggermann, Thomas Eggermann, Dagmar Wieczorek, Bernd Sellhaus, Alfred Yamoah, Anand Goswami, Kristl G Claeys, Joachim Weis, Klaus Zerres
INTRODUCTION: Heterozygous BICD2 gene mutations cause a form of autosomal dominant spinal muscular atrophy with lower extremity predominance (SMALED). METHODS: We analyzed the BICD2 gene in a selected group of 25 index patients with neurogenic muscle atrophy. RESULTS: We identified 2 new BICD2 missense mutations, c.2515G>A, p.Gly839Arg, in a family with autosomal dominant inheritance, and c.2202G>T, p.Lys734Asn, as a de novo mutation in an isolated patient with similar phenotype...
September 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Richard J McKenney, Walter Huynh, Ronald D Vale, Minhajuddin Sirajuddin
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of α/β-tubulin are believed to regulate interactions with microtubule-binding proteins. A well-characterized PTM involves in the removal and re-ligation of the C-terminal tyrosine on α-tubulin, but the purpose of this tyrosination-detyrosination cycle remains elusive. Here, we examined the processive motility of mammalian dynein complexed with dynactin and BicD2 (DDB) on tyrosinated versus detyrosinated microtubules. Motility was decreased ~fourfold on detyrosinated microtubules, constituting the largest effect of a tubulin PTM on motor function observed to date...
June 1, 2016: EMBO Journal
Andrew P Carter, Aristides G Diamant, Linas Urnavicius
Recent structures of the dynein motor in three different conformations reveal how it uses ATP hydrolysis to move along microtubules. Attention is now turning to how cytoplasmic dynein-1 and dynactin act together to carry cargos. Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has revealed the structure of dynactin and how it binds dynein in the presence of a cargo adaptor protein Bicaudal-D2 (BICD2). Future questions will include how dynein-1 transports so many different cargos and how the 2.4MDa dynein/dynactin transport machine is regulated...
April 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Souichi Oe, Harukata Miki, Wataru Nishimura, Yasuko Noda
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophic factor critical for synaptic plasticity, neuronal development and neurite extension. BDNF mRNA is transported to dendrites and axons, where it is expressed locally. We previously reported that dendritic targeting elements in the BDNF 3' UTR are necessary for dendritic transport and interact with cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein 1. Here, we demonstrated that the short 3' UTR directs local translation of BDNF and that locally synthesized BDNF exists in a novel compartment that does not co-localize with markers of endosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi or the trans-Golgi network...
March 26, 2016: Cell Structure and Function
Lilian A Martinez-Carrera, Brunhilde Wirth
Spinal muscular atrophies (SMAs) are characterized by degeneration of spinal motor neurons and muscle weakness. Autosomal recessive SMA is the most common form and is caused by homozygous deletions/mutations of the SMN1 gene. However, families with dominant inherited SMA have been reported, for most of them the causal gene remains unknown. Recently, we and others have identified heterozygous mutations in BICD2 as causative for autosomal dominant SMA, lower extremity-predominant, 2 (SMALED2) and hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP)...
2015: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Yuxuan Guo, Yixian Zheng
Lamins, the type V nuclear intermediate filament proteins, are reported to function in both interphase and mitosis. For example, lamin deletion in various cell types can lead to an uneven distribution of the nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) in the interphase nuclear envelope, whereas deletion of B-type lamins results in spindle orientation defects in mitotic neural progenitor cells. How lamins regulate these functions is unknown. Using mouse cells deleted of different combinations or all lamins, we show that lamins are required to prevent the aggregation of NPCs in the nuclear envelope near centrosomes in late G2 and prophase...
October 1, 2015: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Dean Clift, Melina Schuh
Assembly of a bipolar microtubule spindle is essential for accurate chromosome segregation. In somatic cells, spindle bipolarity is determined by the presence of exactly two centrosomes. Remarkably, mammalian oocytes do not contain canonical centrosomes. This study reveals that mouse oocytes assemble a bipolar spindle by fragmenting multiple acentriolar microtubule-organizing centres (MTOCs) into a high number of small MTOCs to be able to then regroup and merge them into two equal spindle poles. We show that MTOCs are fragmented in a three-step process...
July 6, 2015: Nature Communications
Alexandre D Baffet, Daniel J Hu, Richard B Vallee
Dynein recruitment to the nuclear envelope is required for pre-mitotic nucleus-centrosome interactions in nonneuronal cells and for apical nuclear migration in neural stem cells. In each case, dynein is recruited to the nuclear envelope (NE) specifically during G2 via two nuclear pore-mediated mechanisms involving RanBP2-BicD2 and Nup133-CENP-F. The mechanisms responsible for cell-cycle control of this behavior are unknown. We now find that Cdk1 serves as a direct master controller for NE dynein recruitment in neural stem cells and HeLa cells...
June 22, 2015: Developmental Cell
Mariko Matsuto, Fumi Kano, Masayuki Murata
Rab is a small GTP-binding protein family that regulates various pathways of vesicular transport. Although more than 60 Rab proteins are targeted to specific organelles in mammalian cells, the mechanisms underlying the specificity of Rab proteins for the respective organelles remain unknown. In this study, we reconstituted the Golgi targeting of Rab6A in streptolysin O (SLO)-permeabilized HeLa cells in a cytosol-dependent manner and investigated the biochemical requirements of targeting. Golgi-targeting assays identified Bicaudal-D (BICD)2, which is reportedly involved in the dynein-mediated transport of mRNAs during oogenesis and embryogenesis in Drosophila, as a cytosolic factor for the Golgi targeting of Rab6A in SLO-permeabilized HeLa cells...
October 2015: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Alexander P Drew, Danqing Zhu, Aditi Kidambi, Carolyn Ly, Shelisa Tey, Megan H Brewer, Azlina Ahmad-Annuar, Garth A Nicholson, Marina L Kennerson
Inherited peripheral neuropathies (IPNs) are a group of related diseases primarily affecting the peripheral motor and sensory neurons. They include the hereditary sensory neuropathies (HSN), hereditary motor neuropathies (HMN), and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). Using whole-exome sequencing (WES) to achieve a genetic diagnosis is particularly suited to IPNs, where over 80 genes are involved with weak genotype-phenotype correlations beyond the most common genes. We performed WES for 110 index patients with IPN where the genetic cause was undetermined after previous screening for mutations in common genes selected by phenotype and mode of inheritance...
March 2015: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Kristien Peeters, Sven Bervoets, Teodora Chamova, Ivan Litvinenko, Els De Vriendt, Stoyan Bichev, Dahlia Kancheva, Vanyo Mitev, Marina Kennerson, Vincent Timmerman, Peter De Jonghe, Ivailo Tournev, John MacMillan, Albena Jordanova
The heavy chain 1 of cytoplasmic dynein (DYNC1H1) is responsible for movement of the motor complex along microtubules and recruitment of dynein components. Mutations in DYNC1H1 are associated with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN), cortical malformations, or a combination of these. Combining linkage analysis and whole-exome sequencing, we identified a novel dominant defect in the DYNC1H1 tail domain (c.1792C>T, p.Arg598Cys) causing axonal HMSN. Mutation analysis of the tail region in 355 patients identified a de novo mutation (c...
March 2015: Human Mutation
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