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Pleiotropic neuropathological and biochemical alterations associated with Myo5a mutation in a rat Model.

Authors: Landrock, Kerstin K  Sullivan, Patti  Martini-Stoica, Heidi  Goldstein, David S  Graham, Brett H  Yamamoto, Shinya  Bellen, Hugo J  Gibbs, Richard A  Chen, Rui  D'Amelio, Marcello  Stoica, George 
Citation: Landrock KK, etal., Brain Res. 2018 Jan 15;1679:155-170. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2017.11.029. Epub 2017 Dec 5.
RGD ID: 42721980
Pubmed: PMID:29217155   (View Abstract at PubMed)
PMCID: PMC7696654   (View Article at PubMed Central)
DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.brainres.2017.11.029   (Journal Full-text)

In this study, we analyze the neuropathological and biochemical alterations involved in the pathogenesis of a neurodegenerative/movement disorder during different developmental stages in juvenile rats with a mutant Myosin5a (Myo5a). In mutant rats, a spontaneous autosomal recessive mutation characterized by the absence of Myo5a protein expression in the brain is associated with a syndrome of locomotor dysfunction, altered coat color, and neuroendocrine abnormalities. Myo5a encodes a myosin motor protein required for transport and proper distribution of subcellular organelles in somatodendritic processes in neurons. Here we report marked hyperphosphorylation of alpha-synuclein and tau, as well as region-specific buildup of the autotoxic dopamine metabolite, 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-acetaldehyde (DOPAL), related to decreased aldehyde dehydrogenases activity and neurodegeneration in mutant rats. Alpha-synuclein accumulation in mitochondria of dopaminergic neurons is associated with impaired enzymatic respiratory complex I and IV activity. The behavioral and biochemical lesions progress after 15 days postnatal, and by 30-40 days the animals must be euthanized because of neurological impairment. Based on the obtained results, we propose a pleiotropic pathogenesis that links the Myo5a gene mutation to deficient neuronal development and progressive neurodegeneration. This potential model of a neurodevelopmental disorder with neurodegeneration and motor deficits may provide further insight into molecular motors and their associated proteins responsible for altered neurogenesis and neuronal disease pathogenesis.

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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Myo5a  (myosin VA)

BDIV-Myo5a/StcRrrc  (NA)

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