Parkinson's disease-linked DNAJC13 mutation aggravates alpha-synuclein-induced neurotoxicity through perturbation of endosomal trafficking

Shun Yoshida, Takafumi Hasegawa, Mari Suzuki, Naoto Sugeno, Junpei Kobayashi, Morio Ueyama, Mitsunori Fukuda, Akemi Ido-Fujibayashi, Kiyotoshi Sekiguchi, Michinori Ezura, Akio Kikuchi, Toru Baba, Atsushi Takeda, Hideki Mochizuki, Yoshitaka Nagai, Masashi Aoki

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Abstract

Mutations in DNAJC13 gene have been linked to familial form of Parkinson's disease (PD) with Lewy pathology. DNAJC13 is an endosome-related protein and believed to regulate endosomal membrane trafficking. However, the mechanistic link between DNAJC13 mutation and α-synuclein (αSYN) pathology toward neurodegeneration remains poorly understood. In this study, we showed that PD-linked N855S-mutant DNAJC13 caused αSYN accumulation in the endosomal compartment, presumably due to defective cargo trafficking from the early endosome to the late and/or recycling endosome. In vivo experiments using human aSYN transgenic flies showed that mutant DNAJC13 not only increased the amount of insoluble αSYN in fly head but also induced dopaminergic neurodegeneration, rough eye phenotype and age-dependent locomotor impairment. Together, these findings suggest that DNAJC13 mutation perturbs multi-directional endosomal trafficking, resulting in the aberrant endosomal retention of αSYN, which might predispose to the neurodegenerative process that leads to PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-836
Number of pages14
JournalHuman molecular genetics
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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