Sofia Pchelina

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Synaptic actions of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) have been implicated in many facets of ethanol's effects and risk for alcoholism. We examined whether variation in glutamate decarboxylase-2 (GAD2), a gene encoding for a major enzyme in the synthesis of GABA, contributes to risk of alcohol dependence (AD). We screened GAD2 for sequence variants using(More)
A link between lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) and neurodegenerative disorders associated with accumulation of presynaptic protein alpha-synuclein has been shown. Particularly, Gaucher disease (GD) patients with a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GBA) and carriers of GBA mutations are at increased risk of Parkinson's disease (PD). It(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Mutations in LRRK2, encoding leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (or Dardarin), cause autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease (AdPD) and are also found in sporadic PD (sPD). To investigate the frequency of LRRK2 mutations in a sample of Russian PD patients. METHODS We sequenced the complete coding region of LRRK2 in 65 patients with AdPD(More)
Mutations in the Leucine Reach Repeat Kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene are the most frequent cause of familial Parkinson’s disease (PD). Although the precise physiological and pathological roles of LRRK2 are unclear, a direct link between mutant LRRK2 and programmed cell death (apoptosis) has been suggested. By using flow cytometry (PI+Annexin V(FITC)), we showed an(More)
Alpha-synuclein oligomerization plays a key role in the development of Parkinson's disease (PD). Being the most common genetic contributor to PD, glucocerebrosidase 1 (GBA) mutations have been associated with decreased GBA enzymatic activity in PD patients with mutations in the GBA gene (GBA-PD). However, it is unknown whether the activities of other(More)
This data article presents a dataset of total, oligomeric alpha-synuclein and hemoglobin levels in plasma of drug-naïve PD patients and controls. This is the first attempt to assess the effect of hemolysis rate on oligomeric alpha-synuclein levels in peripheral plasma. The data are associated with the research article "Oligomeric alpha-synuclein and(More)
Impaired metabolism of α-synuclein (SNCA) and its aggregation are key molecular events underlying Parkinson’s disease (PD). Emerging data show that there is a connection between PD and the gene locus containing the SNCA gene. Meta-analyses have demonstrated a highly significant PD connection with single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs356165 (A/G) and(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder. Disease symptoms correlate with the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in substantia nigra pars compacta. A number of factors are supposed to take part in PD pathogenesis including alpha-synuclein aggregation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis, although the precise(More)
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder whose symptoms are consistent with death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra of the brain. The pathogenesis of PD involves several factors, such as α-synuclein aggregation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and activation of apoptosis, but the exact molecular mechanism of(More)
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