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OBJECTIVE To date, 3 rare missense mutations in the SNCA (α-synuclein) gene and the more frequent duplications or triplications of the wild-type gene are known to cause a broad array of clinical and pathological symptoms in familial Parkinson disease (PD). Here, we describe a French family with a parkinsonian-pyramidal syndrome harboring a novel(More)
The origin of α-synuclein (α-syn)-positive glial cytoplasmic inclusions found in oligodendrocytes in multiple system atrophy (MSA) is enigmatic, given the fact that oligodendrocytes do not express α-syn mRNA. Recently, neuron-to-neuron transfer of α-syn was suggested to contribute to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. In this study, we explored(More)
Tau is a microtubule-associated protein that aggregates in neurodegenerative disorders known as tauopathies. Recently, studies have suggested that Tau may be secreted and play a role in neural network signalling. However, once deregulated, secreted Tau may also participate in the spreading of Tau pathology in hierarchical pathways of neurodegeneration. The(More)
Sacchromyces cerevisiae prion-like protein Ure2 was expressed in Escherichia coli and was purified to homogeneity. We show here that Ure2p is a soluble protein that can assemble into fibers that are similar to the fibers observed in the case of PrP in its scrapie prion filaments form or that form on Sup35 self-assembly. Ure2p self-assembly is a cooperative(More)
OBJECTIVE The lesions of Parkinson disease spread through the brain in a characteristic pattern that corresponds to axonal projections. Previous observations suggest that misfolded α-synuclein could behave as a prion, moving from neuron to neuron and causing endogenous α-synuclein to misfold. Here, we characterized and quantified the axonal transport of(More)
Misfolded protein aggregates represent a continuum with overlapping features in neurodegenerative diseases, but differences in protein components and affected brain regions. The molecular hallmark of synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and multiple system atrophy are megadalton α-synuclein-rich deposits suggestive of one(More)
Heterozygous nonsense mutations in the CDSN gene encoding corneodesmosin (CDSN), an adhesive protein expressed in cornified epithelia and hair follicles, cause hypotrichosis simplex of the scalp (HSS), a nonsyndromic form of alopecia. Truncated mutants of CDSN ((mut)CDSN), which bear the N-terminal adhesive Gly/Ser-rich domain (GS domain) of the protein,(More)
BACKGROUND The accumulation of misfolded proteins appears as a fundamental pathogenic process in human neurodegenerative diseases. In the case of synucleinopathies such as Parkinson's disease (PD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), the intraneuronal deposition of aggregated alpha-synuclein (αS) is a major characteristic of the disease, but the molecular(More)
The cellular hallmarks of Parkinson's disease (PD) are the loss of nigral dopaminergic neurons and the formation of α-synuclein-enriched Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites in the remaining neurons. Based on the topographic distribution of Lewy bodies established after autopsy of brains from PD patients, Braak and coworkers hypothesized that Lewy pathology primes(More)
The [URE3] factor of Saccharomyces cerevisiae propagates by a prion-like mechanism and corresponds to the loss of the function of the cellular protein Ure2. The molecular basis of the propagation of this phenotype is unknown. We recently expressed Ure2p in Escherichia coli and demonstrated that the N-terminal region of the protein is flexible and(More)