Ying-Tsen Tung

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Autophagy is a major protein degradation pathway that is essential for stress-induced and constitutive protein turnover. Accumulated evidence has demonstrated that amyloid-β (Aβ) protein can be generated in autophagic vacuoles, promoting its extracellular deposition in neuritic plaques as the pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The molecular(More)
Mammalian p62/sequestosome-1 protein binds to both LC3, the mammalian homologue of yeast Atg8, and polyubiquitinated cargo proteins destined to undergo autophagy-mediated degradation. We previously identified a cargo receptor-binding domain in Atg8 that is essential for its interaction with the cargo receptor Atg19 in selective autophagic processes in(More)
Previous studies have demonstrated that the ERK MAPK acts as a negative regulator of gamma-secretase. Here, we demonstrate that the activation of ERK MAPK pathway by sodium selenite can inhibit endogenous gamma-secretase activity. Consistently, the gamma-secretase-mediated production of amyloid-beta (Abeta) was dramatically attenuated by sodium selenite in(More)
The initial rostrocaudal patterning of the neural tube leads to differential expression of Hox genes that contribute to the specification of motor neuron (MN) subtype identity. Although several 3' Hox mRNAs are expressed in progenitors in a noisy manner, these Hox proteins are not expressed in the progenitors and only become detectable in postmitotic MNs.(More)
Motor neurons (MNs) are unique because they project their axons outside of the CNS to innervate the peripheral muscles. Limb-innervating lateral motor column MNs (LMC-MNs) travel substantially to innervate distal limb mesenchyme. How LMC-MNs fine-tune the balance between survival and apoptosis while wiring the sensorimotor circuit en route remains unclear.(More)
Mutations in presenilin-1 (PS1) are tightly associated with early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD), which is characterized by extracellular amyloid plaques and the accumulation of intracellular Tau. In addition to being the catalytic subunit of γ-secretase, PS1 has been shown to regulate diverse cellular functions independent of its proteolytic(More)
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