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Title : A potential role for neuronal connexin 36 in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Belousov_2018_Neurosci.Lett_666_1
Author(s) : Belousov AB , Nishimune H , Denisova JV , Fontes JD
Ref : Neuroscience Letters , 666 :1 , 2018
Abstract : Neuronal gap junctional protein connexin 36 (Cx36) contributes to neuronal death following a range of acute brain insults such as ischemia, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. Whether Cx36 contributes to neuronal death and pathological outcomes in chronic neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is not known. We show here that the expression of Cx36 is significantly decreased in lumbar segments of the spinal cord of both human ALS subjects and SOD1(G93A) mice as compared to healthy human and wild-type mouse controls, respectively. In purified neuronal cultures prepared from the spinal cord of wild-type mice, knockdown of Cx36 reduces neuronal death caused by overexpression of the mutant human SOD1-G93A protein. Taken together, these data suggest a possible contribution of Cx36 to ALS pathogenesis. A perspective for the use of blockers of Cx36 gap junction channels for ALS therapy is discussed.
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Title : Eight genetic loci associated with variation in lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 mass and activity and coronary heart disease: meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies from five community-based studies - Grallert_2012_Eur.Heart.J_33_238
Author(s) : Grallert H , Dupuis J , Bis JC , Dehghan A , Barbalic M , Baumert J , Lu C , Smith NL , Uitterlinden AG , Roberts R , Khuseyinova N , Schnabel RB , Rice KM , Rivadeneira F , Hoogeveen RC , Fontes JD , Meisinger C , Keaney JF, Jr. , Lemaitre R , Aulchenko YS , Vasan RS , Ellis S , Hazen SL , van Duijn CM , Nelson JJ , Marz W , Schunkert H , McPherson RM , Stirnadel-Farrant HA , Psaty BM , Gieger C , Siscovick D , Hofman A , Illig T , Cushman M , Yamamoto JF , Rotter JI , Larson MG , Stewart AF , Boerwinkle E , Witteman JC , Tracy RP , Koenig W , Benjamin EJ , Ballantyne CM
Ref : Eur Heart J , 33 :238 , 2012
Abstract : AIMS: Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) generates proinflammatory and proatherogenic compounds in the arterial vascular wall and is a potential therapeutic target in coronary heart disease (CHD). We searched for genetic loci related to Lp-PLA2 mass or activity by a genome-wide association study as part of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium. METHODS AND RESULTS: In meta-analyses of findings from five population-based studies, comprising 13 664 subjects, variants at two loci (PLA2G7, CETP) were associated with Lp-PLA2 mass. The strongest signal was at rs1805017 in PLA2G7 [P = 2.4 x 10(-23), log Lp-PLA2 difference per allele (beta): 0.043]. Variants at six loci were associated with Lp-PLA2 activity (PLA2G7, APOC1, CELSR2, LDL, ZNF259, SCARB1), among which the strongest signals were at rs4420638, near the APOE-APOC1-APOC4-APOC2 cluster [P = 4.9 x 10(-30); log Lp-PLA2 difference per allele (beta): -0.054]. There were no significant gene-environment interactions between these eight polymorphisms associated with Lp-PLA2 mass or activity and age, sex, body mass index, or smoking status. Four of the polymorphisms (in APOC1, CELSR2, SCARB1, ZNF259), but not PLA2G7, were significantly associated with CHD in a second study. CONCLUSION: Levels of Lp-PLA2 mass and activity were associated with PLA2G7, the gene coding for this protein. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 activity was also strongly associated with genetic variants related to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
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PubMedID: 22003152
Gene_locus related to this paper: human-PLA2G7