Rona K Graham28
Lynn A Raymond21
Roshni R Singaraja19
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  • Chiara Zuccato, Marzia Tartari, Andrea Crotti, Donato Goffredo, Marta Valenza, Luciano Conti +6 others
  • 2003
Huntingtin protein is mutated in Huntington disease. We previously reported that wild-type but not mutant huntingtin stimulates transcription of the gene encoding brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF; ref. 2). Here we show that the neuron restrictive silencer element (NRSE) is the target of wild-type huntingtin activity on BDNF promoter II. Wild-type(More)
  • Kun Huang, Anat Yanai, Rujun Kang, Pamela Arstikaitis, Roshni R. Singaraja, Martina Metzler +6 others
  • 2004
In neurons, posttranslational modification by palmitate regulates the trafficking and function of signaling molecules, neurotransmitter receptors, and associated synaptic scaffolding proteins. However, the enzymatic machinery involved in protein palmitoylation has remained elusive. Here, using biochemical assays, we show that huntingtin (htt) interacting(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by an expansion of exonic CAG triplet repeats in the gene encoding huntingtin protein (Htt), but the mechanisms by which this mutant protein causes neurodegeneration remain unknown. Here we show that lymphoblast mitochondria from patients with HD have a lower membrane potential and depolarize at lower calcium loads than(More)
  • Rona K. Graham, Yu Deng, Elizabeth J. Slow, Brendan Haigh, Nagat Bissada, Ge Lu +12 others
  • 2006
Cleavage of huntingtin (htt) has been characterized in vitro, and accumulation of caspase cleavage fragments represents an early pathological change in brains of Huntington's disease (HD) patients. However, the relationship between htt proteolysis and the pathogenesis of HD is unknown. To determine whether caspase cleavage of htt is a key event in the(More)
An expanded CAG repeat is the underlying genetic defect in Huntington disease, a disorder characterized by motor, psychiatric and cognitive deficits and striatal atrophy associated with neuronal loss. An accurate animal model of this disease is crucial for elucidation of the underlying natural history of the illness and also for testing experimental(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder involving motor dysfunction, cognitive deficits, and psychiatric disturbances that result from underlying striatal and cortical dysfunction and neuropathology. The YAC128 mouse model of HD reproduces both the motor deficits and selective degeneration observed in the human disease.(More)
Huntington disease (HD) is an adult onset neurodegenerative disorder that predominantly affects the striatum and cortex despite ubiquitous expression of mutant huntingtin (htt). Here we demonstrate that this pattern of selective degeneration is present in the YAC128 mouse model of HD. At 12 months, YAC128 mice show significant atrophy in the striatum,(More)
Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by expansion of a polyglutamine tract near the N terminus of the protein huntingtin, leading to dramatic loss of striatal medium-sized spiny GABAergic projection neurons (MSNs). Evidence suggests overactivation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors (NMDARs)(More)
Previous studies of emotion recognition suggest that detection of disgust relies on processing within the basal ganglia and insula. Research involving individuals with symptomatic and pre-diagnostic Huntington's disease (HD), a disease with known basal ganglia atrophy, has generally indicated a relative impairment in recognizing disgust. However, some data(More)
  • Jamal Nasir, Stan B Floresco, John R O'Kusky, Virginia M Diewert, Joy M Richman, Jutta Zeisler +4 others
  • 1995
Huntington's disease (HD) is an incurable neuropsychiatric disease associated with CAG repeat expansion within a widely expressed gene that causes selective neuronal death. To understand its normal function, we have created a targeted disruption in exon 5 of Hdh (Hdhex5), the murine homolog of the HD gene. Homozygotes die before embryonic day 8.5, initiate(More)