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Molecular chaperones, ubiquitin ligases and proteasome impairment have been implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, which are characterized by accumulation of abnormal protein aggregates (e.g. tau and alpha-synuclein respectively). Here we report that CHIP, an ubiquitin ligase that interacts directly(More)
Mutations in parkin are associated with various inherited forms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkin is a ubiquitin ligase enzyme that catalyzes the covalent attachment of ubiquitin moieties onto substrate proteins destined for proteasomal degradation. The substrates of parkin-mediated ubiquitination have yet to be completely identified. Using a yeast(More)
One hypothesis for the etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) is that subsets of neurons are vulnerable to a failure in proteasome-mediated protein turnover. Here we show that overexpression of mutant alpha-synuclein increases sensitivity to proteasome inhibitors by decreasing proteasome function. Overexpression of parkin decreases sensitivity to proteasome(More)
C1 inhibitor (C1 INH) is the major inhibitor of the proteolytically active subcomponents of C1, kallikrein, activated forms of factor XII, and factor XIa in plasma. We determined the mechanism(s) how interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) regulates C1 INH mRNA expression in HepG2 cells. Cycloheximide or anisomycin treatment alone did not increase C1 INH mRNA nor did(More)
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