Edgardo Rodríguez-Lebrón

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Huntington's disease (HD) and other polyglutamine (polyQ) neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by neuronal accumulation of the disease protein, suggesting that the cellular ability to handle abnormal proteins is compromised. As both a cochaperone and ubiquitin ligase, the C-terminal Hsp70 (heat shock protein 70)-interacting protein (CHIP) links the(More)
The mechanisms by which ubiquitin ligases are regulated remain poorly understood. Here we describe a series of molecular events that coordinately regulate CHIP, a neuroprotective E3 implicated in protein quality control. Through their opposing activities, the initiator E2, Ube2w, and the specialized deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB), ataxin-3, participate in(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by the presence of an abnormally expanded polyglutamine domain in the N-terminus of huntingtin. We developed a recombinant adeno-associated viral serotype 5 (rAAV5) gene transfer strategy to posttranscriptionally suppress the levels of striatal mutant huntingtin (mHtt) in the R6/1 HD(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by polyglutamine repeat expansions in Ataxin-1. Recent evidence supports a role for microRNAs (miRNAs) deregulation in SCA1 pathogenesis. However, the extent to which miRNAs may modulate the onset, progression or severity of SCA1 remains largely unknown. In this(More)
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by a polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion in the Ca(V)2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel subunit (CACNA1A). There is currently no treatment for this debilitating disorder and thus a pressing need to develop preventative therapies. RNA interference (RNAi) has proven effective at(More)
Suppressing the expression of toxic genes through RNAi holds great promise for the treatment of human disease. Allele-specific approaches have now been used to silence dominant toxic genes implicated in several neurological disorders. Here, we review strategies used to achieve allele-specific silencing in light of recent developments in the field of RNAi(More)
Despite recent advances suggesting new therapeutic targets, Alzheimer's disease (AD) remains incurable. Aberrant production and accumulation of the Abeta peptide resulting from altered processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is central to the pathogenesis of disease, particularly in dominantly inherited forms of AD. Thus, modulating the production(More)
Gene transfer strategies to reduce levels of mutant huntingtin (mHtt) mRNA and protein by targeting human Htt have shown therapeutic promise in vivo. Previously, we have reported that a specific, adeno-associated viral vector (rAAV)-delivered short-hairpin RNA (siHUNT-2) targeting human Htt mRNA unexpectedly decreased levels of striatal-specific transcripts(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by an elongation of CAG repeats in the HD gene, which encodes a mutant copy of huntingtin with an expanded polyglutatmine repeat. Individuals who are affected by the disease suffer from motor, cognitive, and emotional impairments. Levels of certain striatal-enriched mRNAs decrease in both HD(More)
RNAi interference (RNAi) is a powerful gene silencing technology that has immense potential for treating a vast array of human ailments, for which suppressing disease-associated genes may provide clinical benefit. Here, we review the development of RNAi as a therapeutic modality for neurodegenerative diseases affecting the central nervous system (CNS). We(More)