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Defective Autophagy In Neurodegeneration: Novel Roles For Huntingtin And Optineurin In Regulating Autophagosome Dynamics, Chyi Haw Yvette Wong Jan 2015

Defective Autophagy In Neurodegeneration: Novel Roles For Huntingtin And Optineurin In Regulating Autophagosome Dynamics, Chyi Haw Yvette Wong

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Autophagy is an essential cellular degradative process that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative diseases including Huntington's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). During autophagy, autophagosomes form around cargo such as mitochondria, and subsequently fuse with lysosomes to acidify and acquire enzymes to degrade internalized cargos. In neurons, constitutive autophagosome biogenesis preferentially occurs at the axon tip, followed by the robust retrograde axonal transport of autophagosomes back to the cell body. The mechanisms regulating both the axonal transport of autophagosomes and the selective degradation of damaged mitochondria have not yet been determined. Here, I report novel ...


The Interplay Between Lewy Body-Like Alpha-Synuclein Aggregates Nd Protein Degradation Pathways In Cell-Based Model Of Parkinson's Disease, Selcuk Aski Tanik Jan 2013

The Interplay Between Lewy Body-Like Alpha-Synuclein Aggregates Nd Protein Degradation Pathways In Cell-Based Model Of Parkinson's Disease, Selcuk Aski Tanik

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Cytoplasmic alpha-synuclein (a-syn) aggregates, including Lewy bodies (LBs), are pathological hallmarks of a number of neurodegenerative diseases, most notably Parkinson's disease (PD). Activation of intracellular protein degradation pathways (Pdps) to eliminate these aggregates has been proposed as a therapeutic approach for PD and other synucleinopathies, but the interplay between LB-like a-syn aggregates and Pdps is not completely understood. Here, we investigate this interplay by utilizing a recently developed cellular model in which intracellular LB-like a-syn inclusions accumulate after delivery of pre-formed a-syn fibrils (Pffs) into a-syn-expressing HEK293 cells or cultured primary neurons. This thesis describes the interplay between LB-like ...