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Activation of FoxO by LRRK2 induces expression of proapoptotic proteins and alters survival of postmitotic dopaminergic neuron in Drosophila

Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Tohoku University, 4-1 Seiryo-Machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8575, Japan.
Human Molecular Genetics (Impact Factor: 6.68). 10/2010; 19(19):3747-58. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddq289
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ABSTRACT Missense mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2)/Dardarin gene, the product of which encodes a kinase with multiple domains, are known to cause autosomal dominant late onset Parkinson's disease (PD). In the current study, we report that the gene product LRRK2 directly phosphorylates the forkhead box transcription factor FoxO1 and enhances its transcriptional activity. This pathway was found to be conserved in Drosophila, as the Drosophila LRRK2 homolog (dLRRK) enhanced the neuronal toxicity of FoxO. Importantly, FoxO mutants that were resistant to LRRK2/dLRRK-induced phosphorylation suppressed this neurotoxicity. Moreover, we have determined that FoxO targets hid and bim in Drosophila and human, respectively, are responsible for the LRRK2/dLRRK-mediated cell death. These data suggest that the cell death molecules regulated by FoxO are key factors during the neurodegeneration in LRRK2-linked PD.

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    • "Studies have suggested multiple mechanisms underlying the LRRK2 pathology (Greggio and Cookson 2009, Gehrke et al. 2010). In order to understand these mechanisms several animal models with wild type and mutant forms of human LRRK2 have been generated in nematodes (Saha et al. 2009, Hsu et al. 2010), flies (Liu et al. 2008) and rodents (Tong et al. 2009) and it was found that LRRK2 interacts with components involved in the autophagy lysosomal pathway (Tong et al. 2009) or protein quality control (Ng et al. 2009), modulate oxidative stress (Ng et al. 2009, Saha et al. 2009), regulate protein synthesis (Kanao et al. 2010), and mediate the microRNA pathway (Gehrke et al. 2010). Interesting reports have been achieved from the nematode, C.elegans demonstrating that expression of wild-type LRRK2 protects dopaminergic neurons against neurotoxcity induced by either 6-OHDA or human α-synuclein (Yuan et al. 2011). "
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    • "Our study supports emerging data, which suggest that FoxO3A is a key mediator of the progressive neuronal cell loss associated with neurodegeneration and with other disorders of the nervous system. For example, increased FoxO3a has been found localized to Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites in Parkinson's disease brain tissue (Su et al. 2009) and activation of FoxO by LRRK2, associated with autosomal-dominant late-onset Parkinson's disease, enhances neuronal cell death in Drosophila (Kanao et al. 2010). With respect to Alzheimer's disease, inactivation of FoxO3a activity is correlated with reduced Alzheimer's disease-like pathology and with preservation of spatial reference memory in Tg2576 mice (Qin et al. 2008). "
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