Role of fatty acid-binding protein 7 and novel therapeutic approach in synucleinopathies

An Cheng, Kohji Fukunaga

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The synucleinopathies are neurodegenerative disease caused by abnormal accumulation of the 140-amino acid-containing protein α-synuclein (αSyn), including Parkinson’s disease (PD), diffuse Lewy body dementia (DLBD), and multiple system atrophy (MSA). In patients with PD and DLBD, αSyn is misfolded in neurons, and its aggregation forms Lewy bodies (LB) and Lewy neurites (LN). On the other hand, in patients with MSA, αSyn accumulates primarily in oligodendrocytes (OLGs) and forms glial inclusion bodies (GCIs), a typical pathological feature of MSA. We recently demonstrated a making complex between αSyn and fatty acid-binding proteins (FABPs) in synucleinopathies and received wide attention. Fatty acid-binding protein 3 (FABP3) in dopamine nerves, and fatty acid-binding protein 7 (FABP7) in glial cells promoted αSyn accumulation and aggregation, respectively and caused cell death. Here, we introduced the current studies about the role of αSyn and FABP7 in MSA and novel therapeutic approach targeting for FABP7.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-400
Number of pages5
JournalFolia Pharmacologica Japonica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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