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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032655/microglial-involvement-in-the-development-of-olfactory-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Yoojin Seo, Hyung-Sik Kim, Kyung-Sun Kang
Olfaction is one of the oldest and important senses for life. Olfactory impairment is the most common clinical manifestation among elderly, and its prevalence is sharply increased with aging. Importantly, growing evidence has shown that olfactory dysfunction is the first sign of neurodegeneration, indicating the importance of olfactory assessment as an early diagnostic marker for the detection of neurological disorders. In this review, we described the nature of olfactory dysfunction and the advantage of animal models in olfaction study with brief introduction of olfactory behavior tests widely used in this field...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031163/ebola-virus-requires-phosphatidylinositol-3-5-bisphosphate-production-for-efficient-viral-entry
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Shirley Qiu, Anders Leung, Yuxia Bo, Robert A Kozak, Sai Priya Anand, Corina Warkentin, Fabiola D R Salambanga, Jennifer Cui, Gary Kobinger, Darwyn Kobasa, Marceline Côté
For entry, Ebola virus (EBOV) requires the interaction of its viral glycoprotein with the cellular protein Niemann-Pick C1 (NPC1) which resides in late endosomes and lysosomes. How EBOV is trafficked and delivered to NPC1 and whether this is positively regulated during entry remain unclear. Here, we show that the PIKfyve-ArPIKfyve-Sac3 cellular complex, which is involved in the metabolism of phosphatidylinositol (3,5) bisphosphate (PtdIns(3,5)P2), is critical for EBOV infection. Although the expression of all subunits of the complex was required for efficient entry, PIKfyve kinase activity was specifically critical for entry by all pathogenic filoviruses...
October 11, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026097/chemosensing-of-honeybee-parasite-varroa-destructor-transcriptomic-analysis
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Nurit Eliash, Nitin K Singh, Starlin Thangarajan, Noa Sela, Dena Leshkowitz, Yosi Kamer, Ilia Zaidman, Ada Rafaeli, Victoria Soroker
Chemosensing is a primary sense in nature, however little is known about its mechanism in Chelicerata. As a model organism we used the mite Varroa destructor, a key parasite of honeybees. Here we describe a transcriptomic analysis of two physiological stages for the Varroa foreleg, the site of primary olfactory organ. The transcriptomic analysis revealed transcripts of chemosensory related genes belonging to several groups. These include Niemann-Pick disease protein, type C2 (NPC2), gustatory receptors (GRs), ionotropic receptors (IRs), sensory neuron membrane proteins (SNMPs) and odorant binding proteins (OBP)...
October 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988886/the-ceramide-activated-protein-phosphatase-sit4-impairs-sphingolipid-dynamics-mitochondrial-function-and-lifespan-in-a-yeast-model-of-niemann-pick-type-c1
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Rita Vilaça, Ivo Barros, Nabil Matmati, Elísio Silva, Telma Martins, Vítor Teixeira, Yusuf A Hannun, Vítor Costa
The Niemann-Pick type C is a rare neurodegenerative disease that results from loss-of-function point mutations in NPC1 or NPC2, which affect the homeostasis of sphingolipids and sterols in human cells. We have previously shown that yeast lacking Ncr1, the orthologue of human NPC1 protein, display a premature ageing phenotype and higher sensitivity to oxidative stress associated with mitochondrial dysfunctions and accumulation of long chain bases. In this study, a lipidomic analysis revealed specific changes in the levels of ceramide species in ncr1Δ cells, including decreases in dihydroceramides and increases in phytoceramides...
October 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951965/niemann-pick-disease-type-c-in-the-newborn-period-a-single-center-experience
#5
Ersin Gumus, Goknur Haliloglu, Asuman Nur Karhan, Hulya Demir, Figen Gurakan, Meral Topcu, Aysel Yuce
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a neurovisceral lysosomal storage disorder with a great variation in clinical spectrum and age at presentation. Clinical features of 10 NPC patients who presented in the newborn period between 1993 and 2015 at our center were retrospectively analyzed. Males and females were equally distributed; there was a history of parental consanguinity (n = 8) and first-degree relative with NPC (n = 3). Patients were symptomatic between 1 and 10 days (mean 3.6 ± 2.6 days). Age at diagnosis was between 1 and 30 days (mean 14...
September 27, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923401/pharmacological-blockade-of-cholesterol-trafficking-by-cepharanthine-in-endothelial-cells-suppresses-angiogenesis-and-tumor-growth
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Junfang Lyu, Eun Ju Yang, Sarah A Head, Nana Ai, Baoyuan Zhang, Changjie Wu, Ruo-Jing Li, Yifan Liu, Chen Yang, Yongjun Dang, Ho Jeong Kwon, Wei Ge, Jun O Liu, Joong Sup Shim
Cholesterol is an important modulator of membrane protein function and signaling in endothelial cells, thus making it an emerging target for anti-angiogenic agents. In this study, we employed a phenotypic screen that detects intracellular cholesterol distribution in endothelial cells (HUVEC) and identified 13 existing drugs as cholesterol trafficking inhibitors. Cepharanthine, an approved drug for anti-inflammatory and cancer management use, was amongst the candidates, which was selected for in-depth mechanistic studies to link cholesterol trafficking and angiogenesis...
November 28, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918065/the-role-of-epigenetics-in-lysosomal-storage-disorders-uncharted-territory
#7
REVIEW
Shahzeb Hassan, Ellen Sidransky, Nahid Tayebi
The study of the contribution of epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, histone modifications, and microRNAs, to human disease has enhanced our understanding of different cellular processes and diseased states, as well as the effect of environmental factors on phenotypic outcomes. Epigenetic studies may be particularly relevant in evaluating the clinical heterogeneity observed in monogenic disorders. The lysosomal storage disorders are Mendelian disorders characterized by a wide spectrum of associated phenotypes, ranging from neonatal presentations to symptoms that develop in late adulthood...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916647/the-effect-of-common-inversion-polymorphisms-in-2l-t-and-in-3r-mo-on-patterns-of-transcriptional-variation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#8
Erik Lavington, Andrew D Kern
Chromosomal inversions are an ubiquitous feature of genetic variation. Theoretical models describe several mechanisms by which inversions can drive adaptation and be maintained as polymorphisms. While inversions have been shown previously to be under selection, or contain genetic variation under selection, the specific phenotypic consequences of inversions leading to their maintenance remain unclear. Here we use genomic sequence and expression data from the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel to explore the effects of two cosmopolitan inversions, In(2L)t and In(3R)Mo, on patterns of transcriptional variation...
September 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914127/psychiatric-and-neurological-symptoms-in-patients-with-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-np-c-findings-from-the-international-npc-registry
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Olivier Bonnot, Clarissa S Gama, Eugen Mengel, Mercè Pineda, Marie T Vanier, Louise Watson, Marie Watissée, Barbara Schwierin, Marc C Patterson
OBJECTIVES: Niemann-Pick disease type C (NP-C) is a rare inherited neurovisceral disease that should be recognized by psychiatrists as a possible underlying cause of psychiatric abnormalities. This study describes NP-C patients who had psychiatric manifestations at enrolment in the international NPC Registry, a unique multicentre, prospective, observational disease registry. METHODS: Treating physicians' data entries describing psychiatric manifestations in NPC patients were coded and grouped by expert psychiatrists...
September 15, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913343/exacerbating-and-reversing-lysosomal-storage-diseases-from-yeast-to-humans
#10
REVIEW
Tamayanthi Rajakumar, Andrew B Munkacsi, Stephen L Sturley
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) arise from monogenic deficiencies in lysosomal proteins and pathways and are characterized by a tissue-wide accumulation of a vast variety of macromolecules, normally specific to each genetic lesion. Strategies for treatment of LSDs commonly depend on reduction of the offending metabolite(s) by substrate depletion or enzyme replacement. However, at least 44 of the ~50 LSDs are currently recalcitrant to intervention. Murine models have provided significant insights into our understanding of many LSD mechanisms; however, these systems do not readily permit phenotypic screening of compound libraries, or the establishment of genetic or gene-environment interaction networks...
August 25, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903038/lipidomic-and-transcriptomic-basis-of-lysosomal-dysfunction-in-progranulin-deficiency
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Bret M Evers, Carlos Rodriguez-Navas, Rachel J Tesla, Janine Prange-Kiel, Catherine R Wasser, Kyoung Shin Yoo, Jeffrey McDonald, Basar Cenik, Thomas A Ravenscroft, Florian Plattner, Rosa Rademakers, Gang Yu, Charles L White, Joachim Herz
Defective lysosomal function defines many neurodegenerative diseases, such as neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) and Niemann-Pick type C (NPC), and is implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD-TDP) with progranulin (PGRN) deficiency. Here, we show that PGRN is involved in lysosomal homeostasis and lipid metabolism. PGRN deficiency alters lysosome abundance and morphology in mouse neurons. Using an unbiased lipidomic approach, we found that brain lipid composition in humans and mice with PGRN deficiency shows disease-specific differences that distinguish them from normal and other pathologic groups...
September 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898055/a-carbon-nanotube-optical-reporter-maps-endolysosomal-lipid-flux
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Prakrit V Jena, Daniel Roxbury, Thomas V Galassi, Leila Akkari, Christopher P Horoszko, David B Iaea, Januka Budhathoki-Uprety, Nina Pipalia, Abigail S Haka, Jackson D Harvey, Jeetain Mittal, Frederick R Maxfield, Johanna A Joyce, Daniel A Heller
Lipid accumulation within the lumen of endolysosomal vesicles is observed in various pathologies including atherosclerosis, liver disease, neurological disorders, lysosomal storage disorders, and cancer. Current methods cannot measure lipid flux specifically within the lysosomal lumen of live cells. We developed an optical reporter, composed of a photoluminescent carbon nanotube of a single chirality, that responds to lipid accumulation via modulation of the nanotube's optical band gap. The engineered nanomaterial, composed of short, single-stranded DNA and a single nanotube chirality, localizes exclusively to the lumen of endolysosomal organelles without adversely affecting cell viability or proliferation or organelle morphology, integrity, or function...
September 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893506/cytochrome-b561-copper-%C3%AE-cleaved-amyloid-precursor-protein-and-niemann-pick-c1-protein-are-involved-in-ascorbate-induced-release-and-membrane-penetration-of-heparan-sulfate-from-endosomal-s-nitrosylated-glypican-1
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Fang Cheng, Lars-Åke Fransson, Katrin Mani
Ascorbate-induced release of heparan sulfate from S-nitrosylated heparan sulfate proteoglycan glypican-1 takes place in endosomes. Heparan sulfate penetrates the membrane and is transported to the nucleus. This process is dependent on copper and on expression and processing of the amyloid precursor protein. It remains unclear how exogenously supplied ascorbate can generate HS-anMan in endosomes and how passage through the membrane is facilitated. Here we have examined wild-type, Alzheimer Tg2576 and amyloid precursor protein (-/-) mouse fibroblasts and human fetal and Niemann-Pick C1 fibroblasts by using deconvolution immunofluorescence microscopy, siRNA technology and [S(35)]sulfate-labeling, vesicle isolation and gel chromatography...
September 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888831/steryl-ester-synthesis-storage-and-hydrolysis-a-contribution-to-sterol-homeostasis
#14
REVIEW
Martina Korber, Isabella Klein, Günther Daum
Sterols are essential lipids of all eukaryotic cells, appearing either as free sterols or steryl esters. Besides other regulatory mechanisms, esterification of sterols and hydrolysis of steryl esters serve to buffer both an excess and a lack of free sterols. In this review, the esterification process, the storage of steryl esters and their mobilization will be described. Several model organisms are discussed but the focus was set on mammals and the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The contribution of imbalanced cholesterol homeostasis to several human diseases, namely Wolman disease, cholesteryl ester storage disease, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, Niemann-Pick type C and Tangier disease is described...
December 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883878/the-report-of-three-rare-cases-of-the-niemann-pick-disease-in-birjand-south-khorasan-eastern-iran
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Samaneh Noroozi Asl, Rahim Vakili, Nosrat Ghaemi, Peyman Eshraghi
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NP-C) is a rare neurovisceral and irreversible disease leading to premature death and disabling neurological signs. This autosomal recessive disease with incidence rate of 1:120000 is caused by mutations in either the NPC1 or the NPC2 gene, which leads to accumulation of cholesterol in body tissues especially brain and progressive neurological symptoms. NP-C is characterized by nonspecific visceral, neurological and psychiatric manifestations in infants. The neurological involvement is typically proceeded by systemic signs (cholestatic jaundice in the neonatal period or isolated spleno-or hepatosplenomegaly in infancy or childhood)...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883690/direct-acting-antiviral-agents-against-hepatitis-c-virus-and-lipid-metabolism
#16
EDITORIAL
Tatsuo Kanda, Mitsuhiko Moriyama
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection induces steatosis and is accompanied by multiple metabolic alterations including hyperuricemia, reversible hypocholesterolemia and insulin resistance. Total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and triglyceride levels are increased by peginterferon and ribavirin combination therapy when a sustained virologic response (SVR) is achieved in patients with HCV. Steatosis is significantly more common in patients with HCV genotype 3 but interferon-free regimens are not always effective for treating HCV genotype 3 infections...
August 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874543/structure-of-the-ebola-virus-envelope-protein-mper-tm-domain-and-its-interaction-with-the-fusion-loop-explains-their-fusion-activity
#17
Jinwoo Lee, David A Nyenhuis, Elizabeth A Nelson, David S Cafiso, Judith M White, Lukas K Tamm
Ebolavirus (EBOV), an enveloped filamentous RNA virus causing severe hemorrhagic fever, enters cells by macropinocytosis and membrane fusion in a late endosomal compartment. Fusion is mediated by the EBOV envelope glycoprotein GP, which consists of subunits GP1 and GP2. GP1 binds to cellular receptors, including Niemann-Pick C1 (NPC1) protein, and GP2 is responsible for low pH-induced membrane fusion. Proteolytic cleavage and NPC1 binding at endosomal pH lead to conformational rearrangements of GP2 that include exposing the hydrophobic fusion loop (FL) for insertion into the cellular target membrane and forming a six-helix bundle structure...
September 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860124/quantitative-analysis-of-the-proteome-response-to-the-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-hdaci-vorinostat-in-niemann-pick-type-c1-disease
#18
Kanagaraj Subramanian, Navin Rauniyar, Mathieu Lavalleé-Adam, John R Yates, William E Balch
Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) disease is an inherited, progressive neurodegenerative disorder principally caused by mutations in the NPC1 gene. NPC disease is characterized by the accumulation of unesterified cholesterol in the late endosomes (LE) and lysosomes (LE) (LE/Ly). Vorinostat, a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi), restores cholesterol homeostasis in fibroblasts derived from NPC patients; however, the exact mechanism by which Vorinostat restores cholesterol level is not known yet. In this study, we performed comparative proteomic profiling of the response of NPC1I1061T fibroblasts to Vorinostat...
August 31, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841900/activation-of-pkc-triggers-rescue-of-npc1-patient-specific-ipsc-derived-glial-cells-from-gliosis
#19
Franziska Peter, Sebastian Rost, Arndt Rolfs, Moritz J Frech
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick disease Type C1 (NPC1) is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder caused by mutations in the NPC1 gene. The pathological mechanisms, underlying NPC1 are not yet completely understood. Especially the contribution of glial cells and gliosis to the progression of NPC1, are controversially discussed. As an analysis of affected cells is unfeasible in NPC1-patients, we recently developed an in vitro model system, based on cells derived from NPC1-patient specific iPSCs...
August 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830896/patient-with-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-over-20-years-follow-up
#20
Kazuo Abe, Norio Sakai
We report a 37-year-old woman with Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) 1. At the age of 8 years, she presented slow running followed by both fingers dystonia at the age of 10 years. At the age of 16 years, she developed declined scholastic achievement. On her first visit at the age of 17 years, she showed dystonia, ataxic gait and vertical supranuclear gaze palsy. We suspected it was NPC. She presented atrophies in the frontal lobes, brainstem and cerebellum in a brain MRI. She presented hepatomegalies and splenomegalies in an abdominal CT...
August 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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