Drosophila PINK1 is required for mitochondrial function and interacts genetically with Parkin

Nature (Impact Factor: 41.46). 05/2006; 441(7097):1162-1166. DOI: 10.1038/nature04779
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Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been implicated as an important trigger for Parkinson's disease-like pathogenesis because exposure to environmental mitochondrial toxins leads to Parkinson's disease-like pathology

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    • "Another important gene identified in familial PD is PINK-1 which encodes a mitochondrial-targeting serine/threonine kinase. PINK-1 mutations cause severe multi-system mitochondrial impairment (e.g., disruption of mitochondrial morphology causing a fragmented mitochondria appearance (Clark et al., 2006;Exner et al., 2007)) which is rescued by Parkin overexpression, suggesting PINK-1 acts upstream of Parkin (Clark et al., 2006). The final protein in the triad, DJ-1 is another gene which is reported to have a mitochondrial function in scavenging reactive oxygen species (ROS) (Canet-Avil es et al., 2004;Taira et al., 2004). "
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    • "Loss of PINK1 or parkin function results in mitochondrial dysfunction (Schapira and Gegg 2011). Initial work with PINK1 and parkin in Drosophila models suggested that these proteins function in the same signalling pathway to maintain mitochondrial function (Clark et al. 2006;Park et al. 2006). Consequently, it has been shown that in mammalian cells, chemical induction ofReceivedGCase, glucocerebrosidase; HEX, b-hexosaminidase; KD, knockdown; KO, knockout; MEFs, mouse embryonic fibroblasts; MFN, mitofusin; NQO1, NAD(P)H dehydrogenase quinone 1; OMM, outer mitochondrial membrane; PBS, phosphate buffered saline; PD, Parkinson's disease; TFEB, transcription factor EB. mitophagy by use of the uncoupler carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP) causes stabilisation of PINK1 on the outer mitochondrial membrane. "
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