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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430856/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-rare-genetic-variation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-the-uk
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Sarah Morgan, Aleksey Shatunov, William Sproviero, Ashley R Jones, Maryam Shoai, Deborah Hughes, Ahmad Al Khleifat, Andrea Malaspina, Karen E Morrison, Pamela J Shaw, Christopher E Shaw, Katie Sidle, Richard W Orrell, Pietro Fratta, John Hardy, Alan Pittman, Ammar Al-Chalabi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons. About 25 genes have been verified as relevant to the disease process, with rare and common variation implicated. We used next generation sequencing and repeat sizing to comprehensively assay genetic variation in a panel of known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genes in 1126 patient samples and 613 controls. About 10% of patients were predicted to carry a pathological expansion of the C9orf72 gene. We found an increased burden of rare variants in patients within the untranslated regions of known disease-causing genes, driven by SOD1, TARDBP, FUS, VCP, OPTN and UBQLN2...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425440/the-valosin-containing-protein-is-a-novel-mediator-of-mitochondrial-respiration-and-cell-survival-in-the-heart-in-vivo
#2
Paulo Lizano, Eman Rashed, Shaunrick Stoll, Ning Zhou, Hairuo Wen, Tristan T Hays, Gangjian Qin, Lai-Hua Xie, Christophe Depre, Hongyu Qiu
The valosin-containing protein (VCP) participates in signaling pathways essential for cell homeostasis in multiple tissues, however, its function in the heart in vivo remains unknown. Here we offer the first description of the expression, function and mechanism of action of VCP in the mammalian heart in vivo in both normal and stress conditions. By using a transgenic (TG) mouse with cardiac-specific overexpression (3.5-fold) of VCP, we demonstrate that VCP is a new and powerful mediator of cardiac protection against cell death in vivo, as evidenced by a 50% reduction of infarct size after ischemia/reperfusion versus wild type...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423563/regulation-of-p53wt-glioma-cell-proliferation-by-androgen-receptor-mediated-inhibition-of-small-vcp-p97-interacting-protein-expression
#3
Dejun Bao, Chuandong Cheng, Xiaoqiang Lan, Rong Xing, Zhuo Chen, Hua Zhao, Junyan Sun, Yang Wang, Chaoshi Niu, Bo Zhang, Shengyun Fang
The incidence of glioma in men is higher than that in women; however, little is known about the expression and basic function of the androgen receptor (AR) in gliomas. AR inhibited the small VCP/p97-interacting protein (SVIP) on the transcriptional level was previously reported. The present study shows that the protein level of AR is highly expressed in cell lines of the nervous system. Moreover, the AR expression is increased while SVIP expression is decreased in tumor tissue of glioma patients, which is in agreement with the progressing WHO grades...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410337/adaptation-of-lean-six-sigma-methodologies-for-the-evaluation-of-veterans-choice-program-at-3-urban-veterans-affairs-medical-centers
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Sherry L Ball, Lauren D Stevenson, Amy C Ladebue, Marina S McCreight, Emily C Lawrence, Taryn Oestreich, Anne C Lambert-Kerzner
OBJECTIVE: The Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) is adapting to meet the changing needs of our Veterans. VHA leaders are promoting quality improvement strategies including Lean Six Sigma (LSS). This study used LSS tools to evaluate the Veterans Choice Program (VCP), a program that aims to improve access to health care services for eligible Veterans by expanding health care options to non-VHA providers. RESEARCH DESIGN: LSS was utilized to assess the current process and efficiency patterns of the VCP at 3 VHA Medical Centers...
April 13, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396624/granulostasis-protein-quality-control-of-rnp-granules
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REVIEW
Simon Alberti, Daniel Mateju, Laura Mediani, Serena Carra
Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) granules transport, store, or degrade messenger RNAs, thereby indirectly regulating protein synthesis. Normally, RNP granules are highly dynamic compartments. However, because of aging or severe environmental stress, RNP granules, in particular stress granules (SGs), convert into solid, aggregate-like inclusions. There is increasing evidence that such RNA-protein inclusions are associated with several age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390990/selection-of-reference-genes-for-gene-expression-studies-in-heart-failure-for-left-and-right-ventricles
#6
Mengmeng Li, Man Rao, Kai Chen, Jianye Zhou, Jiangping Song
Real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-PCR (qRT-PCR) is a feasible tool for determining gene expression profiles, but the accuracy and reliability of the results depends on the stable expression of selected housekeeping genes in different samples. By far, researches on stable housekeeping genes in human heart failure samples are rare. Moreover the effect of heart failure on the expression of housekeeping genes in right and left ventricles is yet to be studied. Therefore we aim to provide stable housekeeping genes for both ventricles in heart failure and normal heart samples...
April 5, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389692/familial-early-onset-paget-s-disease-of-bone-associated-with-a-novel-hnrnpa2b1-mutation
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Xuan Qi, Qianqian Pang, Jiawei Wang, Zhen Zhao, Ou Wang, Lijun Xu, Jiangfeng Mao, Yan Jiang, Mei Li, Xiaoping Xing, Wei Yu, Asan, Weibo Xia
Paget disease of bone (PDB) is a common metabolic bone disease characterized by increased bone resorption and disorganized bone formation which affect single or multiple sites of bones. Although the exact cause of PDB is still controversial, genetic factors are considered to play an important role in PDB. Several genes involved in the differentiation or function of osteoclast were shown to be associated with PDB or related syndrome such as SQSTM1, TNFRSF11A, TNFRSF11B, and ZNF687. Multisystem proteinopathy (MSP), a newly proposed syndrome including inclusion body myopathy (IBM), PDB, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is mainly caused by mutation in VCP gene...
April 7, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380318/recent-advances-in-the-molecular-genetics-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
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REVIEW
Innocenzo Rainero, E Rubino, A Michelerio, F D'Agata, Salvatore Gentile, Lorenzo Pinessi
The term frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) describes a spectrum of neurodegenerative disorders associated with deposition of misfolded proteins in the frontal and temporal lobes. Up to 40% of FTLD patients reports a family history of neurodegeneration, and approximately 1/3 of familial cases shows an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance of the phenotype. Over the past two decades, several causative and susceptibility genes for FTLD have been discovered, supporting the notion that genetic factors are important contributors to the disease processes...
January 2017: Functional Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360103/mutations-in-valosin-containing-protein-vcp-decrease-adp-atp-translocation-across-the-mitochondrial-membrane-and-impair-energy-metabolism-in-human-neurons
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Marthe Hr Ludtmann, Charles Arber, Fernando Bartolome, Macarena de Vicente, Elisavet Preza, Eva Carro, Henry Houlden, Sonia Gandhi, Selina Wray, Andrey Y Abramov
Mutations in the gene encoding valosin containing protein (VCP) lead to multisystem proteinopathies including frontotemporal dementia. We have previously shown that patient-derived VCP mutant fibroblasts exhibit lower mitochondrial membrane potential, uncoupled respiration, and reduced ATP levels. This study addresses the underlying basis for mitochondrial uncoupling using VCP knockdown neuroblastoma cell lines, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and iPSC-derived cortical neurons from patients with pathogenic mutations in VCP...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357416/a-system-for-enzymatic-lysine-methylation-in-a-desired-sequence-context
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Vinay Kumar Aileni, Erna Davydova, Anders Moen, Pål Ø Falnes
A number of lysine-specific methyltransferases (KMTs) are responsible for the post-translational modification of cellular proteins on lysine residues. Most KMTs typically recognize specific motifs in unstructured, short peptide sequences. However, we have recently discovered a novel KMT that appeared to have a more relaxed sequence specificity, namely, valosin-containing protein (VCP)-KMT, which trimethylates Lys-315 in the molecular chaperone VCP. On the basis of this, here, we explored the possibility of using the VCP-KMT/VCP system to obtain specific lysine methylation of desired sequences grafted onto a VCP-derived scaffold...
February 28, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341812/parkinson-s-disease-associated-receptor-gpr37-is-an-er-chaperone-for-lrp6
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Birgit S Berger, Sergio P Acebron, Jessica Herbst, Stefan Koch, Christof Niehrs
Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays a key role in embryonic development, stem cell biology, and neurogenesis. However, the mechanisms of Wnt signal transmission, notably how the receptors are regulated, remain incompletely understood. Here we describe that the Parkinson's disease-associated receptor GPR37 functions in the maturation of the N-terminal bulky β-propellers of the Wnt co-receptor LRP6. GPR37 is required for Wnt/β-catenin signaling and protects LRP6 from ER-associated degradation via CHIP (carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein) and the ATPase VCP GPR37 is highly expressed in neural progenitor cells (NPCs) where it is required for Wnt-dependent neurogenesis...
March 24, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322724/valosin-containing-protein-vcp-p97-inhibitors-relieve-mitofusin-dependent-mitochondrial-defects-due-to-vcp-disease-mutants
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Ting Zhang, Prashant Mishra, Bruce A Hay, David Chan, Ming Guo
Missense mutations of valosin-containing protein (VCP) cause an autosomal dominant disease known as inclusion body myopathy, Paget disease with frontotemporal dementia (IBMPFD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. The pathological mechanism of IBMPFD is not clear and there is no treatment. We show that endogenous VCP negatively regulates Mitofusin, which is required for outer mitochondrial membrane fusion. Because 90% of IBMPFD patients have myopathy, we generated an in vivo IBMPFD model in adult Drosophila muscle, which recapitulates disease pathologies...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322292/a-structure-and-chemical-genomics-based-approach-for-repositioning-of-drugs-against-vcp-p97-atpase
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Aldo Segura-Cabrera, Reshmi Tripathi, Xiaoyi Zhang, Lin Gui, Tsui-Fen Chou, Kakajan Komurov
Valosin-containing protein (VCP/p97) ATPase (a.k.a. Cdc48) is a key member of the ER-associated protein degradation (ERAD) pathway. ERAD and VCP/p97 have been implicated in a multitude of human diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. Inhibition of VCP/p97 induces proteotoxic ER stress and cell death in cancer cells, making it an attractive target for cancer treatment. However, no drugs exist against this protein in the market. Repositioning of drugs towards new indications is an attractive alternative to the de novo drug development due to the potential for significantly shorter time to clinical translation...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320958/p97-vcp-promotes-degradation-of-crbn-substrate-glutamine-synthetase-and-neosubstrates
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Thang Van Nguyen, Jing Li, Chin-Chun Jean Lu, Jennifer L Mamrosh, Gang Lu, Brian E Cathers, Raymond J Deshaies
Glutamine synthetase (GS) plays an essential role in metabolism by catalyzing the synthesis of glutamine from glutamate and ammonia. Our recent study showed that CRBN, a direct protein target for the teratogenic and antitumor activities of immunomodulatory drugs such as thalidomide, lenalidomide, and pomalidomide, recognizes an acetyl degron of GS, resulting in ubiquitylation and degradation of GS in response to glutamine. Here, we report that valosin-containing protein (VCP)/p97 promotes the degradation of ubiquitylated GS, resulting in its accumulation in cells with compromised p97 function...
April 4, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317920/kus121-a-vcp-modulator-attenuates-ischemic-retinal-cell-death-via-suppressing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Masayuki Hata, Hanako O Ikeda, Chinami Kikkawa, Sachiko Iwai, Yuki Muraoka, Tomoko Hasegawa, Akira Kakizuka, Nagahisa Yoshimura
Ischemic neural damages cause several devastating diseases, including brain stroke and ischemic retinopathies, and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been proposed to be the underlying mechanism of the neuronal cell death of these conditions. We previously synthesized Kyoto University substances (KUSs) as modulators of valosin-containing protein (VCP); KUSs inhibit VCP ATPase activity and protect cells from different cell death-inducing insults. Here, we examined the efficacy of KUS121 in a rat model of retinal ischemic injury...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315680/selenoprotein-s-is-required-for-clearance-of-c99-through-endoplasmic-reticulum-associated-degradation
#16
Jun Ki Jang, Ki Jun Park, Jea Hwang Lee, Kwan Young Ko, Seongman Kang, Ick Young Kim
Amyloid beta precursor protein (APP) is normally cleaved by α-secretase, but can also be cleaved by β-secretase (BACE1) to produce C99 fragments in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. C99 is subsequently cleaved to amyloid β (Aβ), the aggregation of which is known to cause Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, C99 removing is for preventing the disease. Selenoprotein S (SelS) is an ER membrane protein participating in endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD), one of the stages in resolving ER stress of misfolded proteins accumulated in the ER...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301499/svip-regulates-z-variant-alpha-1-antitrypsin-retro-translocation-by-inhibiting-ubiquitin-ligase-gp78
#17
Nazli Khodayari, Rejean Liqun Wang, George Marek, Karina Krotova, Mariana Kirst, Chen Liu, Farshid Rouhani, Mark Brantly
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is an inherited disorder characterized by early-onset emphysema and liver disease. The most common disease-causing mutation is a single amino acid substitution (Glu/Lys) at amino acid 342 of the mature protein, resulting in disruption of the 290-342 salt bridge (an electrophoretic abnormality defining the mutation [Z allele, or ZAAT]), protein misfolding, polymerization, and accumulation in the endoplasmic reticulum of hepatocytes and monocytes. The Z allele causes a toxic gain of function, and the E3 ubiquitin ligase gp78 promotes degradation and increased solubility of endogenous ZAAT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282387/the-essential-and-downstream-common-proteins-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-protein-protein-interaction-network-analysis
#18
Yimin Mao, Su-Wei Kuo, Le Chen, C J Heckman, M C Jiang
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastative neurodegenerative disease characterized by selective loss of motoneurons. While several breakthroughs have been made in identifying ALS genetic defects, the detailed molecular mechanisms are still unclear. These genetic defects involve in numerous biological processes, which converge to a common destiny: motoneuron degeneration. In addition, the common comorbid Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) further complicates the investigation of ALS etiology. In this study, we aimed to explore the protein-protein interaction network built on known ALS-causative genes to identify essential proteins and common downstream proteins between classical ALS and ALS+FTD (classical ALS + ALS/FTD) groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279065/proteomic-biomarkers-for-bisphenol-a-early-exposure-and-women-s-thyroid-cancer
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Ho-Sun Lee, Yunkyeong Kang, Kyung Tae, Gyu-Un Bae, Jong Y Park, Yoon Hee Cho, Mihi Yang
Purpose: For the target treatment and prevention of women's increased thyroid cancer, we focused on risks of environmental exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals, particularly bisphenol A (BPA), and its high susceptible exposure- timing, particularly early exposure in lives. Materials and Methods: Female ICR mice were exposed to BPA in utero and in early life (15, 75 and 300 mg/L of drinking water via pregnant mice and lactation). We identified BPA-responsive proteins in mice thyroid by 2D-PAGE, image analyses, and ESI-Q-TOF MS...
March 8, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264768/clinical-and-genetic-analyses-of-familial-and-sporadic-frontotemporal-dementia-patients-in-southern-italy
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Rosa Capozzo, Celeste Sassi, Monia B Hammer, Simona Arcuti, Chiara Zecca, Maria R Barulli, Rosanna Tortelli, J Raphael Gibbs, Cynthia Crews, Davide Seripa, Francesco Carnicella, Claudia Dell'Aquila, Marco Rossi, Filippo Tamma, Francesco Valluzzi, Bruno Brancasi, Francesco Panza, Andrew B Singleton, Giancarlo Logroscino
INTRODUCTION: We investigated the clinical differences between familial and sporadic frontotemporal dementia (FTD), screening for mutations in known FTD genes. METHODS: We diagnosed 22 affected individuals belonging to eight families and 43 sporadic cases with FTD in Apulia, Southern Italy, in 2 years. Mutations in common causative FTD genes (GRN, MAPT, VCP, and TARDBP) and C9ORF72 expansions were screened. RESULTS: Behavioral variant of FTD was the most common clinical subtype (50% and 69% in familial and sporadic cases, respectively)...
March 3, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
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