These results and others have led to the hypothesis that a prion-like mechanism might underlie progression of synucleinopathy within the. These results and others have led to the hypothesis that a prion-like mechanism might underlie progression of synucleinopathy within the nervous system. The most unique attribute of prion diseases is their transmissibility between . The prion-like hypothesis of PD and the Braak hypothesis both propose that . in α-synucleinopathies,” The American Journal of Pathology, vol.

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Most of the specific conflicts with the Braak hypothesis can be resolved by extending the latter to include the possibility of anterograde spread, which is still quite compatible with a prion-like model, which greatly broadens the possible patterns and sequences of involvement one could see [ 46 ].

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Is Parkinson’s Disease Truly a Prion-Like Disorder? An Appraisal of Current Evidence

PD pathology, in the form of Lewy bodies and neurites, was now present in the grafts, raising the possibility of spread from diseased tissue to the young, transplanted neurons [ 4 — 6 ]. These problems emphasise the need to target the cause of the progressive neuronal loss [ 21 ].

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Pathology begins in the enteric nervous system and progresses to the neocortex. Don’t have an account? The most unique attribute of prion diseases is their transmissibility between individuals via transfer of pathological protein alone. F does not claim any ownership in the Material that you or any other user posts. Institutional access Recommend FPrime to your librarian or information manager to request an extended free trial for all users at your institution.


The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper. To this end, the use of human induced pluripotent stem cells is an exciting development which promises all the advantages of the in vitro approach coupled with the unprecedented ability to study dynamic disease processes in real time in living human neurons differentiated along the lineages of relevant populations such as SNPC dopaminergic neurons [ 58 ].

Such strategies would be of particular interest due to their ability to halt the disease at the very start of the pathological cascade.

Zarranz 21 Estimated H-index: By posting or uploading Material you warrant and represent that: From here, it travels retrogradely via the axons of enteric nervous system ENS neurons to their somata within the intermediolateral column of the spinal cord and then to the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus DMNV in the medulla.

In order for a disease to qualify as a prionopathy, specific criteria at both microscopic and macroscopic levels have been proposed [ 19 ], which are shown in Figure 1. In transthyretin amyloidosis, where transthyretin misfolds to cause disease, compounds have been developed to stabilise the protein as a functional tetramer [ 54 ]. There is some experimental support for this scheme: I would like to receive updates when further comments, recommendations, or dissenting opinions are publishing on this article.

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The new mutation, E46K, of alpha-synuclein causes Parkinson and Lewy body dementia. Protein misfolding is a common theme in most of the major neurodegenerative diseases, and mechanistic similarities to prionopathies have been suggested for a number of these, although PD has attracted the most interest from this perspective.

This review focuses on the evidence examining whether, contrary to classical thinking, PD does indeed progress through non-cell-autonomous mechanisms. Wree International journal of molecular sciences Skip to search form Skip to main content.

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This shift in thinking offers a revolutionary approach to PD treatment, potentially enabling a transition from purely symptomatic therapy to direct targeting of the pathology that drives disease progression. However, other studies have demonstrated seeding in immunofluorescence studies without lipofection agents. SteinerElodie Angot.

Ranjita Betarbet 24 Estimated H-index: In the late s and early s, the search for better treatment strategies prompted trials of embryonic neuronal transplants [ 3 ]. Accordingly, most current therapies aim to restore motor function by raising dopamine levels within the remaining functioning dopaminergic neurons, thus boosting their effectiveness. Classified as close New Finding 1.


In summary, the role of prion-like spread in PD progression remains an prino area of research.

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Consequently, cell replacement therapy was considered to be a logical treatment strategy for PD.

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Direct transfer of alpha-synuclein from neuron to astroglia causes inflammatory responses in synucleinopathies. From This Paper Figures, tables, and topics from this paper. Certain parts of this website offer the opportunity for users to post opinions, information and material including without limitation academic papers and synuceinopathies ‘Material’ in areas of the website.

Accordingly you may only post Material that you have the right to do so. In light of these observations, a hypothesis that PD was a transmissible disease with prion-like features was proposed [ 6 ].

Alpha-synuclein in the neurodegenerative mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.