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See detailIdentification and functional characterization of a novel R621C mutation in the synphilin-1 gene in Parkinson's disease.
Marx, Frank P.; Holzmann, Carsten; Strauss, Karsten M. et al

in Human molecular genetics (2003), 12(11), 1223-31

Synphilin-1 is linked to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) based on its identification as an alpha-synuclein (PARK1) and parkin (PARK2) interacting protein. Moreover, synphilin-1 is a component ... [more ▼]

Synphilin-1 is linked to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD) based on its identification as an alpha-synuclein (PARK1) and parkin (PARK2) interacting protein. Moreover, synphilin-1 is a component of Lewy bodies (LB) in brains of sporadic PD patients. Therefore, we performed a detailed mutation analysis of the synphilin-1 gene in 328 German familial and sporadic PD patients. In two apparently sporadic PD patients we deciphered a novel C to T transition in position 1861 of the coding sequence leading to an amino acid substitution from arginine to cysteine in position 621 (R621C). This mutation was absent in a total of 702 chromosomes of healthy German controls. To define a possible role of mutant synphilin-1 in the pathogenesis of PD we performed functional analyses in SH-SY5Y cells. We found synphilin-1 capable of producing cytoplasmic inclusions in transfected cells. Moreover we observed a significantly reduced number of inclusions in cells expressing C621 synphilin-1 compared with cells expressing wild-type (wt) synphilin-1, when subjected to proteasomal inhibition. C621 synphilin-1 transfected cells were more susceptible to staurosporine-induced cell death than cells expressing wt synphilin-1. Our findings argue in favour of a causative role of the R621C mutation in the synphilin-1 gene in PD and suggest that the formation of intracellular inclusions may be beneficial to cells and that a mutation in synphilin-1 that reduces this ability may sensitize neurons to cellular stress. [less ▲]

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See detailParkinson's disease: one biochemical pathway to fit all genes?
Krüger, Rejko UL; Eberhardt, Olaf; Riess, Olaf et al

in Trends in molecular medicine (2002), 8(5), 236-40

Although originally discounted, hereditary factors have emerged as the focus of research in Parkinson's disease (PD). Genetic studies have identified mutations in alpha-synuclein and ubiquitin C-terminal ... [more ▼]

Although originally discounted, hereditary factors have emerged as the focus of research in Parkinson's disease (PD). Genetic studies have identified mutations in alpha-synuclein and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase as rare causes of autosomal dominant PD and mutations in parkin as a cause of autosomal recessive PD. Functional characterization of the identified disease genes implicates the ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation pathway in these hereditary forms of PD and also in the more common sporadic forms of PD. Subsequent identification of further loci in familial PD and diverse genetic factors modulating the risk for sporadic PD point to substantial genetic heterogeneity in the disease. Thus, new candidate genes are expected to encode proteins either involved in ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation or sequestrated in intracytoplasmic protein aggregations. Future identification of disease genes is required to confirm this hypothesis, thereby unifying the clinical and genetic heterogeneity of PD, including the common sporadic form of the disease, by one biochemical pathway. [less ▲]

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