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Qimei Wu, Xiaoyu Yang, Yu Zhang, Lei Zhang, Linyin Feng
Daily stress is associated with increased risk for various diseases, and numerous studies have provided evidence that environmental stress leads to deleterious effects on the central nervous system. However, it remains unclear whether chronic stress exacerbates the progression of Parkinson's disease (PD). To investigate this hypothesis, we determined the effect of chronic mild stress (CMS) on the pathogenesis of PD in a transgenic mice line that overexpresses the human A53T mutant α-synuclein (A53T Tg mice)...
November 2016: Experimental Neurology
Claire Hoenen, Audrey Gustin, Cindy Birck, Mélanie Kirchmeyer, Nicolas Beaume, Paul Felten, Luc Grandbarbe, Paul Heuschling, Tony Heurtaux
Parkinson's disease (PD) is histologically described by the deposition of α-synuclein, whose accumulation in Lewy bodies causes dopaminergic neuronal death. Although most of PD cases are sporadic, point mutations of the gene encoding the α-synuclein protein cause inherited forms of PD. There are currently six known point mutations that result in familial PD. Oxidative stress and neuroinflammation have also been described as early events associated with dopaminergic neuronal degeneration in PD. Though it is known that microglia are activated by wild-type α-synuclein, little is known about its mutated forms and the signaling cascades responsible for this microglial activation...
2016: PloS One
Charmaine Zahra, Christine Tabone, Graziella Camilleri, Alex E Felice, Rosienne Farrugia, Stephanie Bezzina Wettinger
BACKGROUND: Mutations in Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 NM_198578 (LRRK2 c.6055G > A (p.G2019S), LRRK2 c.4321C > G (p.R1441G)) and alpha-synuclein NM_000345 (SNCA c.209G > A (p.A53T)) genes causing Parkinson's disease (PD) are common in Mediterranean populations. Variants in the Quinoid Dihydropteridine Reductase NM_000320 (QDPR c.68G > A (p.G23D)), Sepiapterin Reductase NM_003124 (SPR c.596-2A > G) and Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase NM_005957 (MTHFR c...
2016: BMC Medical Genetics
Patrícia S Guerreiro, Joana E Coelho, Inês Sousa-Lima, Paula Macedo, Luísa V Lopes, Tiago F Outeiro, Teresa F Pais
The protein α-synuclein (α-Syn) interferes with glucose and lipid uptake and also activates innate immune cells. However, it remains unclear whether α-Syn or its familial mutant forms contribute to metabolic alterations and inflammation in synucleinopathies, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we address this issue in transgenic mice for the mutant A53T human α-Syn (α-SynA53T), a mouse model of synucleinopathies. At 9.5 months of age, mice overexpressing α-SynA53T (homozygous) had a significant reduction in weight, exhibited improved locomotion and did not show major motor deficits compared with control transgenic mice (heterozygous)...
August 17, 2016: Neuromolecular Medicine
Guadalupe Vidal-Martínez, Javier Vargas-Medrano, Carolina Gil-Tommee, David Medina, Nathan T Garza, Barbara Yang, Ismael Segura-Ulate, Samantha J Dominguez, Ruth G Perez
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) often have aggregated α-synuclein (aSyn) in enteric nervous system (ENS) neurons, which may be associated with the development of constipation. This occurs well before the onset of classic PD motor symptoms. We previously found that aging A53T transgenic (Tg) mice closely model PD-like ENS aSyn pathology, making them appropriate for testing potential PD therapies. Here we show that Tg mice overexpressing mutant human aSyn develop ENS pathology by 4 months. We then evaluated the responses of Tg mice and their WT littermates to the Food and Drug Administration-approved drug FTY720 (fingolimod, Gilenya) or vehicle control solution from 5 months of age...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ching-Chi Chiu, Tu-Hsueh Yeh, Szu-Chia Lai, Yi-Hsin Weng, Yin-Cheng Huang, Yi-Chuan Cheng, Rou-Shayn Chen, Ying-Zu Huang, June Hung, Chiung-Chu Chen, Wey-Yil Lin, Hsiu-Chen Chang, Yu-Jie Chen, Chao-Lang Chen, Hsin-Yi Chen, Yan-Wei Lin, Yah-Huei Wu-Chou, Hung-Li Wang, Chin-Song Lu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second common neurodegenerative disease. Identification of biomarkers for early diagnosis and prediction of disease progression is important. The present comparative proteomic study of serum samples using two-dimensional fluorescence differential gel electrophoresis followed by ELISA confirmation demonstrated that protein expression of Rab35 was increased in PD patients compared with matched control subjects and other parkinsonian disorders, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and multiple system atrophy (MSA)...
August 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Sara Breid, Maria E Bernis, Julius T Babila, Maria C Garza, Holger Wille, Gültekin Tamgüney
UNLABELLED: α-Synuclein is a soluble, cellular protein that in a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy, forms pathological deposits of protein aggregates. Because misfolded α-synuclein has some characteristics that resemble those of prions, we investigated its potential to induce disease after intraperitoneal or intraglossal challenge injection into bigenic Tg(M83(+/-):Gfap-luc(+/-)) mice, which express the A53T mutant of human α-synuclein and firefly luciferase...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Virology
Wei-Xi Xiong, Yi-Min Sun, Rong-Yuan Guan, Su-Shan Luo, Chen Chen, Yu An, Jian Wang, Jian-Jun Wu
The missense mutation A53T of alpha-synuclein gene (SNCA) was reported to be a rare but definite cause of sporadic and familial Parkinson disease (PD). It seemed to be restricted geographically in Greece and Italy. We aimed to identify the SNCA mutations in a Chinese PD cohort. Ninety-one early onset PD patients or familial PD probands were collected consecutively for the screening of PD-related genes. The genetic analysis was carried out by target sequencing of the exons and the corresponding flanking regions of the PD-related genes using Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer and further confirmed by Sanger sequencing or restriction fragment length polymorphism...
October 2016: Journal of Neurology
Minsook Ye, Hwan-Suck Chung, Chanju Lee, Joo Hyun Song, Insop Shim, Youn-Sub Kim, Hyunsu Bae
α-Synuclein (α-Syn) has a critical role in microglia-mediated neuroinflammation, which leads to the development of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recent studies have shown that bee venom (BV) has beneficial effects on PD symptoms in human patients or 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) toxin-induced PD mice. This study investigated whether treatment with BV-derived phospholipase A2 (bvPLA2) would improve the motor dysfunction and pathological features of PD in human A53T α-Syn mutant transgenic (A53T Tg) mice...
2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Qidi Hu, Xiangpeng Ren, Ya Liu, Zhihui Li, Liping Zhang, Xingjun Chen, Chaoxiang He, Jiang-Fan Chen
Synucleinopathy is characterized by abnormal accumulation of misfolded α-synuclein (α-Syn)-positive cytoplasmic inclusions and by neurodegeneration and cognitive impairments, but the pathogenesis mechanism of synucleinopathy remains to be defined. Using a transmission model of synucleinopathy by intracerebral injection of preformed A53T α-Syn fibrils, we investigated whether aberrant adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) signaling contributed to pathogenesis of synucleinopathy. We demonstrated that intra-hippocampal injection of preformed mutant α-Syn fibrils triggered a striking and selective induction of A2AR expression which was closely co-localized with pSer129 α-Syn-rich inclusions in neurons and glial cells of hippocampus...
September 2016: Experimental Neurology
Elisabeth Dinter, Theodora Saridaki, Markus Nippold, Sarah Plum, Leonie Diederichs, Daniel Komnig, Luisa Fensky, Caroline May, Katrin Marcus, Aaron Voigt, Jörg B Schulz, Björn H Falkenburger
Parkinson's disease can be caused by mutations in the α-synuclein gene and is characterized by aggregates of α-synuclein protein. Aggregates are degraded by the autophago-lysosomal pathway. Since Rab7 has been shown to regulate trafficking of late endosomes and autophagosomes, we hypothesized that over-expressing Rab7 might be beneficial in Parkinson's disease. To test this hypothesis, we expressed the pathogenic A53T mutant of α-synuclein in HEK293 cells and Drosophila melanogaster. In HEK293 cells, EGFP-Rab7-decorated vesicles contain α-synuclein...
September 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Annadurai Anandhan, Shulei Lei, Roman Levytskyy, Aglaia Pappa, Mihalis I Panayiotidis, Ronald L Cerny, Oleh Khalimonchuk, Robert Powers, Rodrigo Franco
While environmental exposures are not the single cause of Parkinson's disease (PD), their interaction with genetic alterations is thought to contribute to neuronal dopaminergic degeneration. However, the mechanisms involved in dopaminergic cell death induced by gene-environment interactions remain unclear. In this work, we have revealed for the first time the role of central carbon metabolism and metabolic dysfunction in dopaminergic cell death induced by the paraquat (PQ)-α-synuclein interaction. The toxicity of PQ in dopaminergic N27 cells was significantly reduced by glucose deprivation, inhibition of hexokinase with 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), or equimolar substitution of glucose with galactose, which evidenced the contribution of glucose metabolism to PQ-induced cell death...
June 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Zhengjian Lv, Alexey V Krasnoslobodtsev, Yuliang Zhang, Daniel Ysselstein, Jean Christophe Rochet, Scott C Blanchard, Yuri L Lyubchenko
Environmental factors, such as acidic pH, facilitate the assembly of α-synuclein (α-Syn) in aggregates, but the impact of pH on the very first step of α-Syn aggregation remains elusive. Recently, we developed a single-molecule approach that enabled us to measure directly the stability of α-Syn dimers. Unlabeled α-Syn monomers were immobilized on a substrate, and fluorophore-labeled monomers were added to the solution to allow them to form dimers with immobilized α-Syn monomers. The dimer lifetimes were measured directly from the fluorescence bursts on the time trajectories...
October 2016: Biopolymers
Manuela Pantusa, Brian Vad, Ove Lillelund, Lars Kjær, Daniel Otzen, Rosa Bartucci
Alpha-synuclein (aSN) is a presynaptic protein with a pathological role in Parkinson's disease (PD). The mutants A30P, E46K and A53T are involved in PD early-onset forms. aSN is natively unfolded but can self-assemble to oligomers and fibrils and binds anionic membranes in a helical conformation. We study the influence of wild-type (wt) aSN and familial variants on the chain order and thermotropic phase behavior of anionic dimyristoylphosphatidylglycerol (DMPG) bilayers by using electron spin resonance and calorimetry, respectively...
September 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Edward Rockenstein, Jennifer Clarke, Catherine Viel, Nicholas Panarello, Christopher M Treleaven, Changyoun Kim, Brian Spencer, Anthony Adame, Hyejung Park, James C Dodge, Seng H Cheng, Lamya S Shihabuddin, E Masliah, S Pablo Sardi
Mutations in GBA1, the gene encoding glucocerebrosidase, are associated with an enhanced risk of developing synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies. A higher prevalence and increased severity of motor and non-motor symptoms is observed in PD patients harboring mutant GBA1 alleles, suggesting a link between the gene or gene product and disease development. Interestingly, PD patients without mutations in GBA1 also exhibit lower levels of glucocerebrosidase activity in the central nervous system (CNS), implicating this lysosomal enzyme in disease pathogenesis...
April 28, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Lars Tatenhorst, Katrin Eckermann, Vivian Dambeck, Luis Fonseca-Ornelas, Hagen Walle, Tomás Lopes da Fonseca, Jan C Koch, Stefan Becker, Lars Tönges, Mathias Bähr, Tiago F Outeiro, Markus Zweckstetter, Paul Lingor
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the most common neurodegenerative movement disorder, yet disease-modifying treatments do not currently exist. Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) was recently described as a novel neuroprotective target in PD. Since alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) aggregation is a major hallmark in the pathogenesis of PD, we aimed to evaluate the anti-aggregative potential of pharmacological ROCK inhibition using the isoquinoline derivative Fasudil, a small molecule inhibitor already approved for clinical use in humans...
2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Jianhua Xu, Xin-Sheng Wu, Jiansong Sheng, Zhen Zhang, Hai-Yuan Yue, Lixin Sun, Carmelo Sgobio, Xian Lin, Shiyong Peng, Yinghui Jin, Lin Gan, Huaibin Cai, Ling-Gang Wu
UNLABELLED: α-Synuclein (α-syn) missense and multiplication mutations have been suggested to cause neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies. Before causing the progressive neuronal loss, α-syn mutations impair exocytosis, which may contribute to eventual neurodegeneration. To understand how α-syn mutations impair exocytosis, we developed a mouse model that selectively expressed PD-related human α-syn A53T (h-α-synA53T) mutation at the calyx of Held terminals, where release mechanisms can be dissected with a patch-clamping technique...
April 20, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Georg Auburger, Suzana Gispert, Nadine Brehm
Hereditary Parkinson's disease can be triggered by an autosomal dominant overdose of alpha-Synuclein (SNCA) or the autosomal recessive deficiency of PINK1. We recently showed that the combination of PINK1-knockout with overexpression of A53T-SNCA in double mutant (DM) mice potentiates phenotypes and reduces survival. Now we studied brain hemispheres of DM mice at age of 18 months in a hypothesis-free approach, employing a quantitative label-free global proteomic mass spectrometry scan of posttranslational modifications focusing on methyl-arginine...
2016: Parkinson's Disease
Dimitra Papadimitriou, Roubina Antonelou, Michael Miligkos, Matina Maniati, Nikolaos Papagiannakis, Sevasti Bostantjopoulou, Athannassios Leonardos, Christos Koros, Athina Simitsi, Sokratis G Papageorgiou, Elisabeth Kapaki, Roy N Alcalay, Alexandros Papadimitriou, Aglaia Athanassiadou, Maria Stamelou, Leonidas Stefanis
BACKGROUND: G209A SNCA mutation carriers represent an important group of genetic PD. We describe motor and nonmotor features of G209A SNCA mutation carriers. METHODS: Longitudinal clinical assessments over 2 years were collected in 22 symptomatic and 8 asymptomatic G209A SNCA mutation carriers. Motor and nonmotor rating scales were administered. Correlations were performed between clinical variables and disease duration or age. Penetrance was calculated using Kaplan-Meier survival curves...
August 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Arshdeep Sidhu, Ine Segers-Nolten, Vinod Subramaniam
Under aggregation-prone conditions, soluble amyloidogenic protein monomers can self-assemble into fibrils or they can fibrillize on preformed fibrillar seeds (seeded aggregation). Seeded aggregations are known to propagate the morphology of the seeds in the event of cross-seeding. However, not all proteins are known to cross-seed aggregation. Cross-seeding has been proposed to be restricted either because of differences in the protein sequences or because of conformations between the seeds and the soluble monomers...
June 15, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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