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Gene-based delivery can establish a sustained supply of therapeutic proteins within the nervous system. For diseases characterized by extensive CNS and peripheral nervous system (PNS) involvement, widespread distribution of the exogenous gene may be required, a challenge to in vivo gene transfer strategies. Here, using lentiviral vectors (LVs), we(More)
BACKGROUND: The determination of cellular ␤-galacto-cerebrosidase activity is an established procedure to diagnose Krabbe disease and monitor the efficacy of gene/stem cell– based therapeutic approaches aimed at restoring defective enzymatic activity in patients or disease models. Current biochemical assays for ␤-galacto-cerebrosidase show high specificity(More)
How membrane biosynthesis and homeostasis is achieved in myelinating glia is mostly unknown. We previously reported that loss of myotubularin-related protein 2 (MTMR2) provokes autosomal recessive demyelinating Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4B1 neuropathy, characterized by excessive redundant myelin, also known as myelin outfoldings. We generated a Mtmr2-null(More)
Self-renewal and differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are balanced by the concerted activities of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Wnt, and Notch pathways, which are tuned by enzyme-mediated remodeling of heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs). Sulfatase modifying factor 1 (SUMF1) activates the Sulf1 and Sulf2 sulfatases that remodel the(More)
Microglia activation and neuroinflammation play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of lysosomal storage disorders (LSD) affecting the central nervous system (CNS), which are amenable to treatment by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). HSCT efficacy relies on replacing the intra- and extra-vascular hematopoietic cell compartments, including CNS(More)
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