Angelo Poletti

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Several neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are characterized by the presence of misfolded proteins, thought to trigger neurotoxicity. Some familial forms of ALS (fALS), clinically indistinguishable from sporadic ALS (sALS), are linked to superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene mutations. It has been shown that the mutant(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by motoneuron loss. Some familial cases (fALS) are linked to mutations of superoxide dismutase type-1 (SOD1), an antioxidant enzyme whose activity is preserved in most mutant forms. Owing to the similarities in sporadic and fALS forms, mutant SOD1 animal and cellular models are a(More)
In the brain, the spinal cord motor neurones express the highest levels of the androgen receptor (AR). Experimental data have suggested that neurite outgrowth in these neurones may be regulated by testosterone or its derivative 5alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT), formed by the 5alpha-reductase type 2 enzyme. In this study we have produced and characterized a(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a motoneuron disease characterized by misfolded proteins aggregation in affected motoneurons. In mutant SOD1 (mutSOD1) ALS models, aggregation correlates to impaired functions of proteasome and/or autophagy, both essential for the intracellular chaperone-mediated protein quality control (PQC), and to a reduced mutSOD1(More)
Several types of motorneuron diseases are linked to neurotoxic mutant proteins. These acquire aberrant conformations (misfolding) that trigger deleterious downstream events responsible for neuronal dysfunction and degeneration. The pharmacological removal of misfolded proteins might thus be useful in these diseases. We utilized a peculiar motorneuronal(More)
The CAG/polyglutamine (polyGln)-related diseases include nine different members that together form the most common class of inherited neurodegenerative disorders; neurodegeneration is linked to the same type of mutation, found in unrelated genes, consisting of an abnormal expansion of a polyGln tract normally present in the wild-type proteins. Nuclear,(More)
The enzyme 5alpha-reductase plays a key role on several brain functions controlling the formation of anxiolytic/anesthetic steroids derived from progesterone and deoxycorticosterone, the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, and the removal of excess of potentially neurotoxic steroids. Two 5alpha-reductase isoforms have been cloned:(More)
The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is the major intracellular proteolytic mechanism controlling the degradation of misfolded/abnormal proteins. A common hallmark in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in other neurodegenerative disorders is the accumulation of misfolded/abnormal proteins into the damaged neurons, leading to the formation of cellular(More)
Spinal cord motoneurones express high levels of androgen receptor. However, in responsive tissue, the effects of testosterone is often mediated by the more potent androgenic derivative 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This compound is formed in androgen target cells by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase. Two isoforms of the 5-alpha-reductase, with limited(More)