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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715425/elimination-of-huntingtin-in-the-adult-mouse-leads-to-progressive-behavioral-deficits-bilateral-thalamic-calcification-and-altered-brain-iron-homeostasis
#1
Paula Dietrich, Irudayam Maria Johnson, Shanta Alli, Ioannis Dragatsis
Huntington's Disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by cognitive, behavioral and motor dysfunctions. HD is caused by a CAG repeat expansion in exon 1 of the HD gene that is translated into an expanded polyglutamine tract in the encoded protein, huntingtin (HTT). While the most significant neuropathology of HD occurs in the striatum, other brain regions are also affected and play an important role in HD pathology. To date there is no cure for HD, and recently strategies aiming at silencing HTT expression have been initiated as possible therapeutics for HD...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701700/hdnetdb-a-molecular-interaction-database-for-network-oriented-investigations-into-huntington-s-disease
#2
Ravi Kiran Reddy Kalathur, José Pedro Pinto, Biswanath Sahoo, Gautam Chaurasia, Matthias E Futschik
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by an expanded CAG repeat in the huntingtin gene. Although HD is monogenic, its molecular manifestation appears highly complex and involves multiple cellular processes. The recent application of high throughput platforms such as microarrays and mass-spectrometry has indicated multiple pathogenic routes. The massive data generated by these techniques together with the complexity of the pathogenesis, however, pose considerable challenges to researchers...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698602/polyglutamine-expansion-affects-huntingtin-conformation-in-multiple-huntington-s-disease-models
#3
Manuel Daldin, Valentina Fodale, Cristina Cariulo, Lucia Azzollini, Margherita Verani, Paola Martufi, Maria Carolina Spiezia, Sean M Deguire, Marta Cherubini, Douglas Macdonald, Andreas Weiss, Alberto Bresciani, Jean-Paul Gerard Vonsattel, Lara Petricca, J Lawrence Marsh, Silvia Gines, Iolanda Santimone, Massimo Marano, Hilal A Lashuel, Ferdinando Squitieri, Andrea Caricasole
Conformational changes in disease-associated or mutant proteins represent a key pathological aspect of Huntington's disease (HD) and other protein misfolding diseases. Using immunoassays and biophysical approaches, we and others have recently reported that polyglutamine expansion in purified or recombinantly expressed huntingtin (HTT) proteins affects their conformational properties in a manner dependent on both polyglutamine repeat length and temperature but independent of HTT protein fragment length. These findings are consistent with the HD mutation affecting structural aspects of the amino-terminal region of the protein, and support the concept that modulating mutant HTT conformation might provide novel therapeutic and diagnostic opportunities...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694434/laquinimod-treatment-in-the-r6-2-mouse-model
#4
Gisa Ellrichmann, Alina Blusch, Oluwaseun Fatoba, Janine Brunner, Liat Hayardeny, Michael Hayden, Dominik Sehr, Konstanze F Winklhofer, Carsten Saft, Ralf Gold
The transgenic mouse model R6/2 exhibits Huntington's disease (HD)-like deficits and basic pathophysiological similarities. We also used the pheochromocytoma-12 (PC12)-cell-line-model to investigate the effect of laquinimod on metabolic activity. Laquinimod is an orally administered immunomodulatory substance currently under development for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) and HD. As an essential effect, increased levels of BDNF were observed. Therefore, we investigated the therapeutic efficacy of laquinimod in the R6/2 model, focusing on its neuroprotective capacity...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680391/the-role-of-the-multifunctional-bag3-protein-in-cellular-protein-quality-control-and-in-disease
#5
REVIEW
Elisabeth Stürner, Christian Behl
In neurons, but also in all other cells the complex proteostasis network is monitored and tightly regulated by the cellular protein quality control (PQC) system. Beyond folding of newly synthesized polypeptides and their refolding upon misfolding the PQC also manages the disposal of aberrant proteins either by the ubiquitin-proteasome machinery or by the autophagic-lysosomal system. Aggregated proteins are primarily degraded by a process termed selective macroautophagy (or aggrephagy). One such recently discovered selective macroautophagy pathway is mediated by the multifunctional HSP70 co-chaperone BAG3 (BCL-2-associated athanogene 3)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674979/huntington-s-disease-pathogenic-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-targets
#6
Dean J Wright, Thibault Renoir, Laura J Gray, Anthony J Hannan
Huntington's disease (HD) is a tandem repeat disorder involving neurodegeneration and a complex combination of symptoms. These include psychiatric symptoms, cognitive deficits culminating in dementia, and the movement disorder epitomised by motor signs such as chorea. HD is caused by a CAG repeat expansion encoding an extended tract of the amino acid glutamine in the huntingtin protein. This polyglutamine expansion appears to induce a 'change of function', possibly a 'gain of function', in the huntingtin protein, which leads to various molecular and cellular cascades of pathogenesis...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674491/microglial-activation-in-the-pathogenesis-of-huntington-s-disease
#7
REVIEW
Hui-Ming Yang, Su Yang, Shan-Shan Huang, Bei-Sha Tang, Ji-Feng Guo
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by expanded CAG trinucleotide repeats (>36) in exon 1 of HTT gene that encodes huntingtin protein. Although HD is characterized by a predominant loss of neurons in the striatum and cortex, previous studies point to a critical role of aberrant accumulation of mutant huntingtin in microglia that contributes to the progressive neurodegeneration in HD, through both cell-autonomous and non-cell-autonomous mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673965/accumulation-of-autophagosomes-confers-cytotoxicity
#8
Robert W Button, Sheridan L Roberts, Thea L Willis, C Oliver Hanemann, Shouqing Luo
Autophagy comprises the processes of autophagosome synthesis and lysosomal degradation. In certain stress conditions, increased autophagosome synthesis may be associated with decreased lysosomal activity, which may result in reduced processing of the excessive autophagosomes by the rate-limiting lysosomal activity. Thus, the excessive autophagosomes in such situations may be largely unfused to lysosomes, and their formation/accumulation in the conditions is supposed to be futile for autophagy. The cytotoxicity role of accumulation of autophagosomes (representing synthesis of autophagosomes subsequently unfused to lysosomes) has not been previously investigated...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662109/phosphorylation-of-the-19s-regulatory-particle-atpase-subunit-rpt6-modifies-susceptibility-to-proteotoxic-stress-and-protein-aggregation
#9
Esther Magdalena Marquez-Lona, Ana Lilia Torres-Machorro, Frankie R Gonzales, Lorraine Pillus, Gentry N Patrick
The ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) is a highly conserved and tightly regulated biochemical pathway that degrades the majority of proteins in eukaryotic cells. Importantly, the UPS is responsible for counteracting altered protein homeostasis induced by a variety of proteotoxic stresses. We previously reported that Rpt6, the ATPase subunit of the 19S regulatory particle (RP) of the 26S proteasome, is phosphorylated in mammalian neurons at serine 120 in response to neuronal activity. Furthermore, we found that Rpt6 S120 phosphorylation, which regulates the activity and distribution of proteasomes in neurons, is relevant for proteasome-dependent synaptic remodeling and function...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653853/post-translational-modifications-ptms-identified-on-endogenous-huntingtin-cluster-within-proteolytic-domains-between-heat-repeats
#10
Tamara Ratovitski, Robert N O'Meally, Mali Jiang, Raghothama Chaerkady, Ekaterine Chighladze, Jacqueline C Stewart, Xiaofang Wang, Nicolas Arbez, Elaine Roby, Athanasios Alexandris, Wenzhen Duan, Ravi Vijayvargia, Ihn Sik Seong, Daniel J Lavery, Robert N Cole, Christopher A Ross
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of proteins regulate various cellular processes. PTMs of polyglutamine-expanded huntingtin (Htt) protein, which causes Huntington's disease (HD), are likely modulators of HD pathogenesis. Previous studies have identified and characterized several PTMs on exogenously expressed Htt fragments, but none of them were designed to systematically characterize PTMs on the endogenous full-length Htt protein. We found that full-length endogenous Htt, which was immunoprecipitated from HD knock-in mouse and human post-mortem brain, is suitable for detection of PTMs by mass spectrometry...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652219/the-fate-of-the-brain-cholinergic-neurons-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#11
REVIEW
Giancarlo Pepeu, Maria Grazia Giovannini
The aims of this review are: 1) to describe which cholinergic neurons are affected in brain neurodegenerative diseases leading to dementia; 2) to discuss the possible causes of the degeneration of the cholinergic neurons, 3) to summarize the functional consequences of the cholinergic deficit. The brain cholinergic system is basically constituted by three populations of phenotypically similar neurons forming a series of basal forebrain nuclei, the midpontine nuclei and a large population of striatal interneurons...
June 23, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642124/identification-of-genetic-variants-associated-with-huntington-s-disease-progression-a-genome-wide-association-study
#12
Davina J Hensman Moss, Antonio F Pardiñas, Douglas Langbehn, Kitty Lo, Blair R Leavitt, Raymund Roos, Alexandra Durr, Simon Mead, Peter Holmans, Lesley Jones, Sarah J Tabrizi
BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease is caused by a CAG repeat expansion in the huntingtin gene, HTT. Age at onset has been used as a quantitative phenotype in genetic analysis looking for Huntington's disease modifiers, but is hard to define and not always available. Therefore, we aimed to generate a novel measure of disease progression and to identify genetic markers associated with this progression measure. METHODS: We generated a progression score on the basis of principal component analysis of prospectively acquired longitudinal changes in motor, cognitive, and imaging measures in the 218 indivduals in the TRACK-HD cohort of Huntington's disease gene mutation carriers (data collected 2008-11)...
June 20, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639241/huntington-s-disease-and-mitochondria
#13
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Mohammad Jodeiri Farshbaf, Kamran Ghaedi
Huntington's disease (HD) as an inherited neurodegenerative disorder leads to neuronal loss in striatum. Progressive motor dysfunction, cognitive decline, and psychiatric disturbance are the main clinical symptoms of the HD. This disease is caused by expansion of the CAG repeats in exon 1 of the huntingtin which encodes Huntingtin protein (Htt). Various cellular and molecular events play role in the pathology of HD. Mitochondria as important organelles play crucial roles in the most of neurodegenerative disorders like HD...
June 21, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638078/the-stress-response-factor-daf-16-foxo-is-required-for-multiple-compound-families-to-prolong-the-function-of-neurons-with-huntington-s-disease
#14
Francesca Farina, Emmanuel Lambert, Lucie Commeau, François-Xavier Lejeune, Nathalie Roudier, Cosima Fonte, J Alex Parker, Jacques Boddaert, Marc Verny, Etienne-Emile Baulieu, Christian Neri
Helping neurons to compensate for proteotoxic stress and maintain function over time (neuronal compensation) has therapeutic potential in aging and neurodegenerative disease. The stress response factor FOXO3 is neuroprotective in models of Huntington's disease (HD), Parkinson's disease and motor-neuron diseases. Neuroprotective compounds acting in a FOXO-dependent manner could thus constitute bona fide drugs for promoting neuronal compensation. However, whether FOXO-dependent neuroprotection is a common feature of several compound families remains unknown...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633139/mitochondrial-metabolism-in-a-large-animal-model-of-huntington-disease-the-hunt-for-biomarkers-in-the-spermatozoa-of-presymptomatic-minipigs
#15
Jana Krizova, Hana Stufkova, Marie Rodinova, Monika Macakova, Bozena Bohuslavova, Daniela Vidinska, Jiri Klima, Zdenka Ellederova, Antonin Pavlok, David S Howland, Jiri Zeman, Jan Motlik, Hana Hansikova
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder involving reduced muscle coordination, mental and behavioral changes, and testicular degeneration. In order to further clarify the decreased fertility and penetration ability of the spermatozoa of transgenic HD minipig boars (TgHD), we applied a set of mitochondrial metabolism (MM) parameter measurements to this promising biological material, which can be collected noninvasively in longitudinal studies. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to optimize methods for MM measurements in spermatozoa and to establish possible biomarkers of HD in TgHD spermatozoa expressing the N-terminal part of mutated human huntingtin...
June 21, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632780/metformin-intake-associates-with-better-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-huntington-s-disease
#16
David Hervás, Victoria Fornés-Ferrer, Ana Pilar Gómez-Escribano, María Dolores Sequedo, Carmen Peiró, José María Millán, Rafael P Vázquez-Manrique
Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited, dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by an abnormal expansion of CAG triplets in the huntingtin gene (htt). Despite extensive efforts to modify the progression of HD thus far only symptomatic treatment is available. Recent work suggests that treating invertebrate and mice HD models with metformin, a well-known AMPK activator which is used worldwide to treat type 2-diabetes, reduces mutant huntingtin from cells and alleviates many of the phenotypes associated to HD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632387/poly-trehalose-nanoparticles-prevent-amyloid-aggregation-and-suppress-polyglutamine-aggregation-in-a-huntington-s-disease-model-mouse
#17
Koushik Debnath, Nibedita Pradhan, Brijesh Kumar Singh, Nihar R Jana, Nikhil R Jana
Prevention and therapeutic strategies for various neurodegenerative diseases focus on inhibiting protein fibrillation, clearing aggregated protein plaques from the brain, and lowering protein-aggregate-induced toxicity. We have designed poly(trehalose) nanoparticles that can inhibit amyloid/polyglutamine aggregation under extra-/intracellular conditions, reduce such aggregation-derived cytotoxicity, and prevent polyglutamine aggregation in a Huntington's disease (HD) model mouse brain. The nanoparticles have a hydrodynamic size of 20-30 nm and are composed of a 6 nm iron oxide core and a zwitterionic polymer shell containing ∼5-12 wt % covalently linked trehalose...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628038/crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing-ameliorates-neurotoxicity-in-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#18
Su Yang, Renbao Chang, Huiming Yang, Ting Zhao, Yan Hong, Ha Eun Kong, Xiaobo Sun, Zhaohui Qin, Peng Jin, Shihua Li, Xiao-Jiang Li
Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine repeat in the Huntingtin gene (HTT). Although suppressing the expression of mutant HTT (mHTT) has been explored as a therapeutic strategy to treat Huntington's disease, considerable efforts have gone into developing allele-specific suppression of mHTT expression, given that loss of Htt in mice can lead to embryonic lethality. It remains unknown whether depletion of HTT in the adult brain, regardless of its allele, could be a safe therapy...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624208/safe-and-efficient-silencing-with-a-pol-ii-but-not-a-pol-lii-promoter-expressing-an-artificial-mirna-targeting-human-huntingtin
#19
Edith L Pfister, Kathryn O Chase, Huaming Sun, Lori A Kennington, Faith Conroy, Emily Johnson, Rachael Miller, Florie Borel, Neil Aronin, Christian Mueller
Huntington's disease is a devastating, incurable neurodegenerative disease affecting up to 12 per 100,000 patients worldwide. The disease is caused by a mutation in the Huntingtin (Htt) gene. There is interest in reducing mutant Huntingtin by targeting it at the mRNA level, but the maximum tolerable dose and long-term effects of such a treatment are unknown. Using a self-complementary AAV9 vector, we delivered a mir-155-based artificial miRNA under the control of the chicken β-actin or human U6 promoter. In mouse brain, the artificial miRNA reduced the human huntingtin mRNA by 50%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621522/formation-and-structure-of-wild-type-huntingtin-exon-1-fibrils
#20
J Mario Isas, Andreas Langen, Myles C Isas, Nitin K Pandey, Ansgar B Siemer
The fact that the heritable neurodegenerative disorder Huntington's disease (HD) is autosomal dominant means that there is one wild type and one mutant allele in most HD patients. The CAG repeat expansion in the exon 1 of the protein huntingtin (HTTex1) that causes the disease leads to the formation of HTT fibrils in vitro and vivo. An important question for understanding the molecular mechanism of HD is which role wild type HTT plays for the formation, propagation, and structure of these HTT fibrils. Here we report that fibrils of mutant HTTex1 are able to seed the aggregation of wild type HTTex1 into amyloid fibrils, which in turn can seed the fibril formation of mutant HTTex1...
July 7, 2017: Biochemistry
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