TARDBP mutations in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with TDP-43 neuropathology: a genetic and histopathological analysis
ABSTRACT TDP-43 is a major component of the ubiquitinated inclusions that characterise amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) with ubiquitin inclusions (FTLD-U). TDP-43 is an RNA-binding and DNA-binding protein that has many functions and is encoded by the TAR DNA-binding protein gene (TARDBP) on chromosome 1. Our aim was to investigate whether TARDBP is a candidate disease gene for familial ALS that is not associated with mutations in superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1).
TARDBP was sequenced in 259 patients with ALS, FTLD, or both. We used TaqMan-based SNP genotyping to screen for the identified variants in control groups matched to two kindreds of patients for age and ethnic origin. Additional clinical, genetic, and pathological assessments were made in these two families.
We identified two variants in TARDBP, which would encode Gly290Ala and Gly298Ser forms of TDP-43, in two kindreds with familial ALS. The variants seem to be pathogenic because they co-segregated with disease in both families, were absent in controls, and were associated with TDP-43 neuropathology in both members of one of these families for whom CNS tissue was available.
The Gly290Ala and Gly298Ser mutations are located in the glycine-rich domain of TDP-43, which regulates gene expression and mediates protein-protein interactions such as those with heterogeneous ribonucleoproteins. Owing to the varied and important cellular functions of TDP-43, these mutations might cause neurodegeneration through both gains and losses of function. The finding of pathogenic mutations in TARDBP implicates TDP-43 as an active mediator of neurodegeneration in TDP-43 proteinopathies, a class of disorder that includes ALS and FTLD-U.
National Institutes of Health (AG10124, AG17586, AG005136-22, PO1 AG14382), Department of Veterans Affairs, Friedrich-Baur Stiftung (0017/2007), US Public Health Service, ALS Association, and Fundació 'la Caixa'.
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ABSTRACT: Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by degeneration of the fronto temporal lobes and abnormal protein inclusions. It exhibits a broad clinicopathological spectrum and has been linked to mutations in seven different genes. We will provide a picture, which connects the products of these genes, albeit diverse in nature and function, in a network. Despite the paucity of information available for some of these genes, we believe that RNA processing and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression might constitute a common theme in the network. Recent studies have unraveled the role of mutations affecting the functions of RNA binding proteins and regulation of microRNAs. This review will combine all the recent findings on genes involved in the pathogenesis of FTD, highlighting the importance of a common network of interactions in order to study and decipher the heterogeneous clinical manifestations associated with FTD. This approach could be helpful for the research of potential therapeutic strategies.Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 03/2015; 8:9. DOI:10.3389/fnmol.2015.00009
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ABSTRACT: The transactive response DNA binding protein (TDP-43) is a major component of the characteristic neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions seen in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Furthermore, pathogenic mutations in the gene encoding TDP-43, TARDBP, are found in sporadic and familial ALS cases. To study the molecular mechanisms of cellular toxicity due to TDP-43 mutations we generated a novel in vitro cellular model using a fluorescently tagged human genomic TARDBP locus carrying one of two ALS-associated mutations, A382T or M337V, which were used to generate site-specific bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) human stable cell lines and BAC transgenic mice. In cell lines and primary motor neurons in culture, TDP-M337V mislocalized to the cytoplasm more frequently than wild-type TDP (wt-TDP) and TDP-A382T, an effect potentiated by oxidative stress. Expression of mutant TDP-M337V correlated with increased apoptosis detected by cleaved caspase-3 staining. Cells expressing mislocalized TDP-M337V spontaneously developed cytoplasmic aggregates, while for TDP-A382T aggregates were only revealed after endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress induced by the calcium-modifying drug thapsigargin. Lowering Ca(2+) concentration in the ER of wt-TDP cells partially recapitulated the effect of pathogenic mutations by increasing TDP-43 cytoplasmic mislocalization, suggesting Ca(2+) dysregulation as a potential mediator of pathology through alterations in Bcl-2 protein levels. Ca(2+) signalling from the ER was impaired in immortalized cells and primary neurons carrying TDP-43 mutations, with a 50% reduction in the levels of luminal ER Ca(2+) stores content and delayed Ca(2+) release compared to cells carrying wt-TDP. The deficits in Ca(2+) release in human cells correlated with upregulation of Bcl-2 and siRNA-mediated knockdown of Bcl-2 restored the amplitude of Ca(2+) oscillations in TDP-M337V cells. These results suggest that TDP-43 pathogenic mutations elicit cytoplasmic mislocalization of TDP-43 and Bcl-2 mediated ER Ca(2+) signaling dysregulation. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.Neurobiology of Disease 12/2014; 75. DOI:10.1016/j.nbd.2014.12.010 · 5.20 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Intracellular inclusions of the TAR-DNA binding protein 43 (TDP-43) have been reported in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD-TDP). Rare mutations in TARDBP have been linked to both ALS and FTD-TDP suggesting that TDP-43 dysfunction is mechanistic in causing disease. TDP-43 is a predominantly nuclear protein with roles in regulating RNA transcription, splicing, stability and transport. In ALS, TDP-43 aberrantly accumulates in the cytoplasm of motor neurons where it forms aggregates. However it has until recently been unclear whether the toxic effects of TDP-43 involve recruitment to motor axons, and what effects this might have on axonal growth and integrity. Here we use chick embryonic motor neurons, in vivo and in vitro, to model the acute effects of TDP-43. We show that wild-type and two TDP-43 mutant proteins cause toxicity in chick embryonic motor neurons in vivo. Moreover, TDP-43 is increasingly mislocalised to axons over time in vivo, axon growth to peripheral targets is truncated, and expression of neurofilament-associated antigen is reduced relative to control motor neurons. In primary spinal motor neurons in vitro, a progressive translocation of TDP-43 to the cytoplasm occurs over time, similar to that observed in vivo. This coincides with the appearance of cytoplasmic aggregates, a reduction in the axonal length, and cellular toxicity, which was most striking for neurons expressing TDP-43 mutant forms. These observations suggest that the capacity of spinal motor neurons to produce and maintain an axon is compromised by dysregulation of TDP-43 and that the disruption of cytoskeletal integrity may play a role in the pathogenesis of ALS and FTD-TDP.Neurobiology of Disease 01/2014; 65(100). DOI:10.1016/j.nbd.2014.01.004 · 5.20 Impact Factor