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Vassilis E Papadopoulos, Georgia Nikolopoulou, Ivi Antoniadou, Antonia Karachaliou, Giovanna Arianoglou, Evangelia Emmanouilidou, S Pablo Sardi, Leonidas Stefanis, Kostas Vekrellis
Glucocerebrosidase gene (GBA) mutations are the most common genetic contributor to Parkinson's Disease (PD) and are associated with decreased Glucocerebrosidase (GCase) enzymatic activity in PD. PD patients without GBA mutations also exhibit lower levels of GCase activity in the central nervous system (CNS) suggesting a potential contribution of the enzyme activity in disease pathogenesis, possibly by alteration of lysosomal function. α-synuclein, a protein with a central role in PD pathogenesis, has been shown to be secreted partly in association with exosomes...
March 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Julia E Gerson, Kathleen M Farmer, Natalie Henson, Diana L Castillo-Carranza, Mariana Carretero Murillo, Urmi Sengupta, Alan Barrett, Rakez Kayed
BACKGROUND: We have evaluated the efficacy of targeting the toxic, oligomeric form of tau protein by passive immunotherapy in a mouse model of synucleinopathy. Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia are two of the most common neurodegenerative disorders and are primarily characterized by the accumulation of α-synuclein in Lewy bodies. However, evidence shows that smaller, oligomeric aggregates are likely the most toxic form of the protein. Moreover, a large body of research suggests that α-synuclein interacts with tau in disease and may act in a synergistic mechanism, implicating tau oligomers as a potential therapeutic target...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
Shaosong Kuang, Lin Yang, Ziliang Rao, Zhiyong Zhong, Jinfeng Li, Haichao Zhong, Lulu Dai, Xiaojiang Tang
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system. Presently, there is no effective and safe drug to treat patients with PD. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE), obtained from leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree, is a complex mixture of ingredients primarily containing two active components: flavonoids and terpenoids. In this study, we investigated the effects of GBE on A53T α-synuclein transgenic mice, a PD model that has better simulated the progression of PD patients than other models such as the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6 tetrahydropyridine-induced PD model...
March 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Salema B Abul Khair, Nisha R Dhanushkodi, Mustafa T Ardah, Wenfeng Chen, Yufeng Yang, M Emdadul Haque
Background: Mutations in glucocerebrosidase (GBA), a lysosomal enzyme are the most common genetic risk factor for developing Parkinson's disease (PD). We studied how reduced GCase activity affects α-synuclein (α-syn) and its mutants (A30P and A53T) aggregation, neurodegeneration, sleep and locomotor behavior in a fly model of PD. Methods: We developed drosophila with GBA gene knockdown (RNAi) (with reduced GCase activity) that simultaneously expresses either wildtype (WT) or mutants such as A30P or A53T α-syn...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Debasish Kumar Ghosh, Ajit Roy, Akash Ranjan
Protein aggregates result from altered structural conformations and they can perturb cellular homeostasis. Prevention mechanisms, which function against protein aggregation by modulatory processes, are diverse and redundant. In this study, we have characterized Huntingtin interacting protein K (HYPK) as a global aggregation-regulatory protein. We report the mechanistic details of how HYPK's aggregation-prone regions allow it to sense and prevent other toxic protein's aggregation by forming unique annular-shaped sequestration complexes...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Christos Koros, Maria Stamelou, Athina Simitsi, Ion Beratis, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Nikolaos Papagiannakis, Stella Fragkiadaki, Dionysia Kontaxopoulou, Sokratis G Papageorgiou, Leonidas Stefanis
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate nonmotor symptoms in early SNCA /p.A53T Parkinson disease (PD) (A53T PD) compared to typical PD (tPD). METHODS: The presence of hyposmia, neuropsychiatric, dysautonomic, and sleep disturbances was assessed by standardized questionnaires and validated scales in 18 patients with A53T PD and 18 patients with tPD, matched for age, sex, and disease duration. All patients were enrolled into the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative study. RESULTS: The levodopa equivalent daily dose was higher in the A53T PD ( p = 0...
March 6, 2018: Neurology
Andre Leitao, Akshay Bhumkar, Dominic J B Hunter, Yann Gambin, Emma Sierecki
α-Synuclein (αS) is an intrinsically disordered protein that is associated with Parkinson's disease (PD) through its ability to self-assemble into oligomers and fibrils. Inhibition of this oligomerization cascade is an interesting approach to developing therapeutical strategies and β-synuclein (βS) has been described as a natural negative regulator of this process. However, the biological background and molecular mechanisms by which this inhibition occurs is unclear. Herein, we focused on assessing the effect of βS on the aggregation of five αS pathological mutants linked to early-onset PD (A30P, E46K, H50Q, G51D and A53T)...
January 24, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Weiwei Wang, Ning Song, Fengjv Jia, Tingting Tang, Weiqi Bao, Chuantao Zuo, Junxia Xie, Hong Jiang
Alpha-synuclein plays a key role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). A robust transgenic mouse model has been generated that overexpresses the mutant human A53T alpha-synuclein under the mouse prion protein gene promoter; these mice develop age-dependent motor deficits. Recently, compared to wild-type (WT) littermates, A53T alpha-synuclein mice were reported to display non-motor symptom deficits, e.g., anxiety-like and depressive-like behaviors, odor discrimination and detection impairments, and gastrointestinal dysfunction, at 6 months of age or older...
January 20, 2018: Neurochemistry International
Fredric P Manfredsson, Kelvin C Luk, Matthew J Benskey, Aysegul Guezer, Joanna Garcia, Nathan C Kuhn, Ivette M Sandoval, Joseph R Patterson, Alana O'Mara, Reid Yonkers, Jeffrey H Kordower
Alpha-Synuclein (α-syn) is by far the most highly vetted pathogenic and therapeutic target in Parkinson's disease. Aggregated α-syn is present in sporadic Parkinson's disease, both in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The enteric division of the PNS is of particular interest because 1) gastric dysfunction is a key clinical manifestation of Parkinson's disease, and 2) Lewy pathology in myenteric and submucosal neurons of the enteric nervous system (ENS) has been referred to as stage zero in the Braak pathological staging of Parkinson's disease...
January 13, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Amanda L Woerman, Sabeen A Kazmi, Smita Patel, Atsushi Aoyagi, Abby Oehler, Kartika Widjaja, Daniel A Mordes, Steven H Olson, Stanley B Prusiner
In the neurodegenerative disease multiple system atrophy (MSA), α-synuclein misfolds into a self-templating conformation to become a prion. To compare the biological activity of α-synuclein prions in MSA and Parkinson's disease (PD), we developed nine α-synuclein-YFP cell lines expressing point mutations responsible for inherited PD. MSA prions robustly infected wild-type, A30P, and A53T α-synuclein-YFP cells, but they were unable to replicate in cells expressing the E46K mutation. Coexpression of the A53T and E46K mutations was unable to rescue MSA prion infection in vitro, establishing that MSA α-synuclein prions are conformationally distinct from the misfolded α-synuclein in PD patients...
December 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Soheila Mohammadi, Maryam Nikkhah, Saman Hosseinkhani
The aggregation of alpha-synuclein (αS), natively unstructured presynaptic protein, is a crucial factor leading to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and other related disorders. Recent studies have shown prefibrillar and oligomeric intermediates of αS as toxic to the cells. Herein, split-luciferase complementation assay is used to design a "signal-on" biosensor to monitor oligomerization of A53T αS inside the cells. Then, the effect of carbon-based nanomaterials, such as graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs), on A53T αS oligomerization in vitro and in living cells is investigated...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Emanuela Colla, Giulia Panattoni, Alessio Ricci, Caterina Rizzi, Lucia Rota, Nicola Carucci, Verdiana Valvano, Francesco Gobbo, Simona Capsoni, Michael K Lee, Antonino Cattaneo
α-synuclein (αS) is a small protein that self-aggregates into α-helical oligomer species and subsequently into larger insoluble amyloid fibrils that accumulate in intraneuronal inclusions during the development of Parkinson's disease. Toxicity of αS oligomers and fibrils has been long debated and more recent data are suggesting that both species can induce neurodegeneration. However while most of these data are based on differences in structure between oligomer and aggregates, often preassembled in vitro, the in vivo situation might be more complex and subcellular locations where αS species accumulate, rather than their conformation, might contribute to enhanced toxicity...
December 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
Marianthi Breza, Georgios Koutsis, Georgia Karadima, Constantin Potagas, Chrisoula Kartanou, Sokratis G Papageorgiou, George P Paraskevas, Elisabeth Kapaki, Leonidas Stefanis, Marios Panas
BACKGROUND: The p. A53T mutation in the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene is a rare cause of autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease (PD). Although generally rare, it is particularly common in the Greek population due to a founder effect. A53T-positive PD patients often develop dementia during disease course and may very rarely present with dementia. METHODS: We screened for the p. A53T SNCA mutation a total of 347 cases of Greek origin with parkinsonism and/or dementia, collected over 15 years at the Neurogenetics Unit, Eginition Hospital, University of Athens...
December 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Qi Liu, YuYu Xu, WenPing Wan, ZeGang Ma
Growing evidence suggests, as Parkinson's disease (PD) progresses, that its non-motor symptoms appear prior to or in parallel with its motor deficits. Alpha-synuclein A53T transgenic mouse (A53T) is an essential tool to investigate the onsets and the extents of PD non-motor symptoms. Our aim is to investigate spatial learning and memory ability in A53T mice. In our rotarod tests, no motor coordination impairments were detected in mice of 3, 6, 9, and 12 months old. We then investigated their spatial learning and memory ability through Morris water maze in 3- and 9-month-old mice...
February 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
Wenbo Yu, Sheng Chen, Liang Cao, Jie Tang, Wei Xiao, Baoguo Xiao
Alpha-synuclein (α-syn) is associated to Parkinson's disease (PD). The aggregated form of α-syn has potential neurotoxicity. Thus, the clearance of α-syn aggregation is a plausible strategy to delay disease progression of PD. In our study, we found that the treatment of Ginkgolide B (GB) and Ginkgolide K (GK) reduced cell death, and enhanced cell proliferation in SH-SY5Y cells, which overexpressed A53T mutant α-syn. Surprisingly, GK, but not GB, promoted the clearance of A53T α-syn, which can be abolished by autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine, indicating that GK-induced autophagy intervened in the clearance of A53T α-syn...
December 6, 2017: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Alexander B Pupyshev, Tatiana A Korolenko, Anna A Akopyan, Tamara G Amstislavskaya, Maria A Tikhonova
Transgenic overexpression of α-synuclein is a common model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Accumulation of А53Т-mutant α-synuclein induces three autophagy cell response: the inhibition of autophagy caused by the accumulation of α-synuclein, compensatory activation of macroautophagy in response to inhibition of the CMA, and toxic effects of mutant α-synuclein accompanied by the activation of autophagy. The overall effect of long-term overexpression of mutant α-synuclein in vivo remained unclear. Here we evaluated the activity of autophagy in the frontal cortex, striatum and s...
December 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Seongmi Lee, Seung Tack Oh, Ha Jin Jeong, Sok Cheon Pak, Hi-Joon Park, Jongpil Kim, Hyun-Seok Cho, Songhee Jeon
Familial Parkinson's disease (PD) has been linked to point mutations and duplication of the α-synuclein (α-syn) gene. Mutant α-syn expression increases the vulnerability of neurons to exogenous insults. In this study, we developed a new PD model in the transgenic mice expressing mutant hemizygous (hemi) or homozygous (homo) A53T α-synuclein (α-syn Tg) and their wildtype (WT) littermates by treatment with sub-toxic (10 mg/kg, i.p., daily for 5 days) or toxic (30 mg/kg, i.p., daily for 5 days) dose of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
November 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Jessica D Flynn, Ryan P McGlinchey, Robert L Walker, Jennifer C Lee
Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with the formation of α-synuclein amyloid fibrils. Elucidating the role of these β-sheet-rich fibrils in disease progression is crucial; however, collecting detailed structural information on amyloids is inherently difficult because of their insoluble, non-crystalline, and polymorphic nature. Here, we show that Raman spectroscopy is a facile technique for characterizing structural features of α-synuclein fibrils. Combining Raman spectroscopy with aggregation kinetics and transmission electron microscopy, we examined the effects of pH and ionic strength as well as four PD-related mutations (A30P, E46K, G51D, and A53T) on α-synuclein fibrils...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Wen-Wen Yu, Sheng-Nan Cao, Cai-Xia Zang, Lu Wang, Han-Yu Yang, Xiu-Qi Bao, Dan Zhang
Neuroinflammation triggered by activation of glial cells plays an important role in the pathophysiology of several neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease (PD). Besides microglia, astrocytes are also critical in initiating and perpetuating inflammatory process associated with PD. Heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) is originally described as intracellular chaperone, however, recent study revealed that it had anti-inflammatory effects as well. The present study is designed to investigate whether Hsp70 mediates neuroinflammation in astrocytes...
January 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Nahid Tayebi, Loukia Parisiadou, Bahafta Berhe, Ashley N Gonzalez, Jenny Serra-Vinardell, Raphael J Tamargo, Emerson Maniwang, Zachary Sorrentino, Hideji Fujiwara, Richard J Grey, Shahzeb Hassan, Yotam N Blech-Hermoni, Chuyu Chen, Ryan McGlinchey, Chrissy Makariou-Pikis, Mieu Brooks, Edward I Ginns, Daniel S Ory, Benoit I Giasson, Ellen Sidransky
Mutations in GBA1 encountered in Gaucher disease are a leading risk factor for Parkinson disease and associated Lewy body disorders. Many GBA1 mutation carriers, especially those with severe or null GBA1 alleles, have earlier and more progressive parkinsonism. To model the effect of partial glucocerebrosidase deficiency on neurological progression in vivo, mice with a human A53T α-synuclein (SNCAA53T ) transgene were crossed with heterozygous null gba mice (gba+/- ). Survival analysis of 84 mice showed that in gba+/- //SNCAA53T hemizygotes and homozygotes, the symptom onset was significantly earlier than in gba+/+ //SNCAA53T mice (p-values 0...
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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