Amanda N. Sacino

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BACKGROUND α-Synuclein (αS) is the major component of several types of brain inclusions including Lewy bodies, a hallmark of Parkinson's disease. Aberrant aggregation of αS also is associated with cellular demise in multiple neurologic disorders collectively referred to as synucleinopathies. Recent studies demonstrate the induction of αS pathology by a(More)
Intracerebral injection of amyloidogenic α-synuclein (αS) has been shown to induce αS pathology in the CNS of nontransgenic mice and αS transgenic mice, albeit with varying efficiencies. In this study, using wild-type human αS transgenic mice (line M20), we demonstrate that intracerebral injection of recombinant amyloidogenic or soluble αS induces extensive(More)
Anti-inflammatory strategies are proposed to have beneficial effects in Alzheimer's disease. To explore how anti-inflammatory cytokine signaling affects Aβ pathology, we investigated the effects of adeno-associated virus (AAV2/1)-mediated expression of Interleukin (IL)-10 in the brains of APP transgenic mouse models. IL-10 expression resulted in increased(More)
It has been hypothesized that α-synuclein (αS) misfolding may begin in peripheral nerves and spread to the central nervous system (CNS), leading to Parkinson disease and related disorders. Although recent data suggest that αS pathology can spread within the mouse brain, there is no direct evidence for spread of disease from a peripheral site. In the present(More)
In order to further evaluate the parameters whereby intracerebral administration of recombinant α-synuclein (αS) induces pathological phenotypes in mice, we conducted a series of studies where αS fibrils were injected into the brains of M83 (A53T) and M47 (E46K) αS transgenic (Tg) mice, and non-transgenic (nTg) mice. Using multiple markers to assess αS(More)
Genetic studies have established a causative role for α-synuclein (αS) in Parkinson’s disease (PD), and the presence of αS aggregates in the form of Lewy body (LB) and Lewy neurite (LN) protein inclusions are defining pathological features of PD. Recent data has established that extracellular αS aggregates can induce intracellular αS pathologies supporting(More)
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is pathologically characterized by loss of dopaminergic neurons from the substantia nigra, the presence of aggregated α-synuclein (αS) and evidence of neuroinflammation. Experimental studies have shown that the cerebral injection of recombinant fibrillar αS, especially in αS(More)
identity of the inducing factor(s) in tissue homogenates has not been unequivocally resolved. To determine whether degenerating tissues might contain non-αS components that could induce pathology in M83+/− mice, we conducted brain injections of young M83+/− mice with spinal cord (SC) homogenates prepared from motor-impaired M83+/+ mice, motor-impaired(More)
Progression of α-synuclein inclusion pathology may occur through cycles of release and uptake of α-synuclein aggregates, which induce additional intracellular α-synuclein inclusion pathology. This process may explain (i) the presence of α-synuclein inclusion pathology in grafted cells in human brains, and (ii) the slowly progressive nature of most human(More)
and transmission properties of tau conformers will allow us to determine optimal therapeutics against tauopathies. Here, we evaluated the seeding and transmission properties of pre-fibrillized wild-type K18 tau fragment which contains all four microtubule binding domains of the longest tau isoform and retains the amyloid fibril core [9]. Since sonication(More)