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Mutations in the tau gene (MAPT) have been found in families with frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17. In addition, the MAPT H1-clade specific sub-haplotype, H1c, has been strongly associated with the tauopathies, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal degeneration (CBD) and, to a lesser extent, with Alzheimer's(More)
We identified a case of Alzheimer's disease with a deletion of the lysine residue at codon 280 (DeltaK280) in exon 10-encoded microtubule-binding repeat domain of the tau gene (MAPT). This mutation was originally identified in a sporadic case of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) with a family history of Parkinson's disease. In the original report, the authors(More)
Four stress-sensing kinases phosphorylate the alpha subunit of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α) to activate the integrated stress response (ISR). In animals, the ISR is antagonised by selective eIF2α phosphatases comprising a catalytic protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) subunit in complex with a PPP1R15-type regulatory subunit. An unbiased search(More)
A subset of glioblastomas (GBMs) carry gene amplifications on chromosomal segment 4q12. To characterize this amplicon in detail, we analyzed a set of 100 samples consisting of 65 GBMs, 10 WHO grade III astrocytomas, 12 oligodendrogliomas, and 13 glioma cell cultures. We applied multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification to determine the gene dosage of(More)
Mutants of neuroserpin are retained as polymers within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of neurones to cause the autosomal dominant dementia familial encephalopathy with neuroserpin inclusion bodies or FENIB. The cellular consequences are unusual in that the ordered polymers activate the ER overload response (EOR) in the absence of the canonical unfolded(More)
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) are sarcomas with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Evidence for a role of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and receptor tyrosine kinase erbB2 in MPNSTs led us to systematically study these potential therapeutic targets in a larger tumor panel (n = 37). Multiplex ligation-dependent probe(More)
α1-Antitrypsin is a serine protease inhibitor produced in the liver that is responsible for the regulation of pulmonary inflammation. The commonest pathogenic gene mutation yields Z-α1-antitrypsin, which has a propensity to self-associate forming polymers that become trapped in inclusions of endoplasmic reticulum (ER). It is unclear whether these inclusions(More)
Transgenic Drosophila melanogaster have been used to model both the physiological and pathological behavior of serpins. The ability to generate flies expressing serpins and to rapidly assess associated phenotypes contributes to the power of this paradigm. While providing a whole-organism model of serpinopathies the powerful toolkit of genetic interventions(More)
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