Protein Homeostasis in Models of Aging and Age-Related Conformational Disease

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Rice Institute for Biomedical Research, 2205 Tech Drive, Hogan 2-100, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 60208, USA.
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Impact Factor: 1.96). 01/2010; 694:138-59. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-7002-2_11
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The stability of the proteome is crucial to the health of the cell, and contributes significantly to the lifespan of the organism. Aging and many age-related diseases have in common the expression of misfolded and damaged proteins. The chronic expression of damaged proteins during disease can have devastating consequences on protein homeostasis (proteostasis), resulting in disruption ofnumerous biological processes. This chapter discusses our current understanding of the various contributors to protein misfolding, and the mechanisms by which misfolding, and accompanied aggregation/toxicity, is accelerated by stress and aging. Invertebrate models have been instrumental in studying the processes related to aggregation and toxicity of disease-associated proteins and how dysregulation ofproteostasis leads to neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

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    • "Failures in the PQC system can lead to the loss of protein biological function or to the formation of aggregated species, which have been implicated in the aging process and to the development of conformational diseases [2] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]. "
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    • "This finding suggested that the activities responsible for folding these temperature sensitive proteins may have been diverted to the task of dis-aggregating and degrading the mutant huntingtin, or SOD1, causing the overall network to be overwhelmed by the constant influx of newly synthesized polypeptides. In relation to neurodegenerative disease, it has been argued that pathologic accumulation of intracellular proteinaceous aggregates is, in and of itself, an indication of an overburdened proteostasis network [1,5,6]. Alzheimer's disease (AD) has traditionally been defined neuropathologically as an amyloidosis with neurofibrillary tangles. "

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    • "Complex pathways to ensure proteostasis in different subcellular compartments, defined as unfolded protein responses (UPRs), have evolved in the cytosol, endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, which are finely coordinated and require a close communication with the nucleus. Dysfunction of proteostasis is associated with protein aggregation and is a feature of several age-related diseases (Kikis et al., 2010). While the unfolded protein response in the endoplasmic reticulum (UPR ER ) and the cytosolic heat shock response (HSR) have been extensively studied (Vabulas et al., 2010; Walter and Ron, 2011), the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPR mt ) was more recently discovered and sheds light on the complex relationships between this organelle and the nucleus (Haynes and Ron, 2010). "
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