Vasanti S. Anand

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Mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) comprise the leading cause of autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease, with age of onset and symptoms identical to those of idiopathic forms of the disorder. Several of these pathogenic mutations are thought to affect its kinase activity, so understanding the roles of LRRK2, and modulation of its kinase(More)
Mutations in LRRK2 (leucine-rich repeat kinase 2) have been identified as major genetic determinants of Parkinson's disease (PD). The most prevalent mutation, G2019S, increases LRRK2's kinase activity, therefore understanding the sites and substrates that LRRK2 phosphorylates is critical to understanding its role in disease aetiology. Since the(More)
Editor's Note: These short, critical reviews of recent papers in the Journal, written exclusively by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, are intended to summarize the important findings of the paper and provide additional insight and commentary. For more information on the format and purpose of the Journal Club, please see Review of Wang et al.(More)
Neurofibrillary tangles composed of hyperphosphorylated tau are a major hallmark of Alzheimer's Disease. This phosphorylated tau may be a root cause of the disorder and therefore understanding its regulation is important for therapeutic intervention. To model this pathology, Okadaic acid (OA) has been used in primary cultured hippocampal neurons to(More)
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is a large, complex, multidomain protein containing kinase and GTPase enzymatic activities and multiple protein-protein interaction domains. Mutations linked to autosomal dominant forms of Parkinson's disease result in amino acid changes throughout the protein and alterations in both its enzymatic properties and(More)
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