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LRRK2 is a kinase mutated in Parkinson's disease, but how the protein affects synaptic function remains enigmatic. We identified LRRK2 as a critical regulator of EndophilinA. Using genetic and biochemical studies involving Lrrk loss-of-function mutants and Parkinson-related LRRK2(G2019S) gain-of-kinase function, we show that LRRK2 affects synaptic(More)
The nematode C. elegans has become an important model for understanding how genes influence behavior. However, in this organism the available approaches for identifying the neuron(s) where the function of a gene is required for a given behavioral trait are time consuming and restricted to non essential genes for which mutants are available. We describe a(More)
Human UBIAD1 localizes to mitochondria and converts vitamin K(1) to vitamin K(2). Vitamin K(2) is best known as a cofactor in blood coagulation, but in bacteria it is a membrane-bound electron carrier. Whether vitamin K(2) exerts a similar carrier function in eukaryotic cells is unknown. We identified Drosophila UBIAD1/Heix as a modifier of pink1, a gene(More)
A deficiency of striatal dopamine (DA) is generally accepted as an expression of manganese (Mn) toxicity in experimental animals. Since compromised cellular defence mechanisms may be involved in Mn neurotoxicity, we investigated the response of the neuronal antioxidant system [ascorbic acid (AA) oxidation, glutathione (GSH) and uric acid levels] and(More)
1. The effects of systemic, intrastriatal or intranigral administration of d-amphetamine on glutamate, aspartate, ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid, dopamine (DA), dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), homovanillic acid (HVA) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) concentrations in dialysates from the striatum of freely-moving rats were evaluated using(More)
Levels of dopamine (DA), dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), homovanillic acid (HVA), noradrenaline (NA), glutathione (GSH), ascorbic acid (AA), dehydroascorbic acid (DHAA) and uric acid (UA) were determined in the striatum and/or in the brainstem of 3-month-old male Wistar rats after subchronic oral exposure to MnCl2 (20 mg kg-1 daily) alone or associated(More)
Recent findings have shown that systemic morphine increases extracellular dopamine (DA), dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), homovanillic acid (HVA), ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid concentrations in the striatum of freely moving rats. The morphine-induced increase in DA oxidative metabolism is highly correlated with that of xanthine. In the present study,(More)
We showed previously that exogenous iron potentiated nitric oxide (NO) donor-induced release of striatal dopamine (DA) in freely moving rats, using microdialysis. In this study, the increase in dialysate DA induced by intrastriatal infusion of the NO-donor 3-morpholinosydnonimine (SIN-1, 1.0 mM for 180 min) was scarcely affected by Ca2+ omission.(More)
Pink1 is a mitochondrial kinase involved in Parkinson's disease, and loss of Pink1 function affects mitochondrial morphology via a pathway involving Parkin and components of the mitochondrial remodeling machinery. Pink1 loss also affects the enzymatic activity of isolated Complex I of the electron transport chain (ETC); however, the primary defect in pink1(More)
We have previously shown that manganese enhances L-dihydroxyphenylanine (L-DOPA) toxicity to PC12 cells in vitro. The supposed mechanism of manganese enhancing effect [an increase in L-DOPA and dopamine (DA) auto-oxidation] was studied using microdialysis in the striatum of freely moving rats. Systemic L-DOPA [25 mg kg(-1) intraperitoneally (i.p.) twice in(More)