Cole J. Ferguson

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Mutations affecting the conversion of PI3P to the signaling lipid PI(3,5)P(2) result in spongiform degeneration of mouse brain and are associated with the human disorders Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We now report accumulation of the proteins LC3-II, p62 and LAMP-2 in neurons and astrocytes of mice with mutations in(More)
CMT4J is a severe form of Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy caused by mutation of the phosphoinositide phosphatase FIG4/SAC3. Affected individuals are compound heterozygotes carrying the missense allele FIG4-I41T in combination with a null allele. Analysis using the yeast two-hybrid system demonstrated that the I41T mutation impairs interaction of FIG4 with(More)
FIG4 is a ubiquitously expressed phosphatase that, in complex with FAB1/PIKFYVE and VAC14, regulates the biosynthesis of the signaling lipid PI(3,5)P(2). Null mutation of Fig4 in the mouse results in spongiform degeneration of brain and peripheral ganglia, defective myelination and juvenile lethality. Partial loss-of-function of human FIG4 results in a(More)
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a genetically heterogeneous group of motor and sensory neuropathies associated with mutations in more than 30 genes. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4J (OMIM 611228) is a recessive, potentially severe form of the disease caused by mutations of the lipid phosphatase FIG4. We provide a more complete view of the features of this(More)
Normal steady-state levels of the signalling lipids PI(3,5)P(2) and PI(5)P require the lipid kinase FAB1/PIKfyve and its regulators, VAC14 and FIG4. Mutations in the PIKfyve/VAC14/FIG4 pathway are associated with Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in humans, and profound neurodegeneration in mice. Hence, tight regulation of this(More)
The plt (pale tremor) mouse carries a null mutation in the Fig4(Sac3) gene that results in tremor, hypopigmentation, spongiform degeneration of the brain, and juvenile lethality. FIG4 is a ubiquitously expressed phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate phosphatase that regulates intracellular vesicle trafficking along the endosomal-lysosomal pathway. In(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to identify the causal gene in a consanguineous Moroccan family with temporo-occipital polymicrogyria, psychiatric manifestations, and epilepsy, previously mapped to the 6q16-q22 region. METHODS We used exome sequencing and analyzed candidate variants in the 6q16-q22 locus, as well as a rescue assay in Fig4-null mouse(More)
Yanling Zhang, Amber J McCartney, Sergey N Zolov, Cole J Ferguson, Miriam H Meisler, Michael A Sutton* and Lois S Weisman* Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA,(More)
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