Journal article

Transcriptional profiles for distinct aggregation states of mutant Huntingtin exon 1 protein unmask new Huntington's disease pathways

Nagaraj S Moily, Angelique R Ormsby, Aleksandar Stojilovic, Yasmin M Ramdzan, Jeannine Diesch, Ross D Hannan, Michelle S Zajac, Anthony J Hannan, Alicia Oshlack, Danny M Hatters

MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR NEUROSCIENCE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

Huntington's disease is caused by polyglutamine (polyQ)-expansion mutations in the CAG tandem repeat of the Huntingtin gene. The central feature of Huntington's disease pathology is the aggregation of mutant Huntingtin (Htt) protein into micrometer-sized inclusion bodies. Soluble mutant Htt states are most proteotoxic and trigger an enhanced risk of death whereas inclusions confer different changes to cellular health, and may even provide adaptive responses to stress. Yet the molecular mechanisms underpinning these changes remain unclear. Using the flow cytometry method of pulse-shape analysis (PulSA) to sort neuroblastoma (Neuro2a) cells enriched with mutant or wild-type Htt into different ..

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