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Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC)

The new Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) has opened for clinical studies and trials

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Audioslide presentation on Claudia Manzoni's paper examining how fibroblasts with LRRK2 mutations react to starvation conditions and the possible deficits that they have in autophagy.

LRRK2 and autophagy in fibroblasts

In this paper Claudia Manzoni studies how fibroblast cells from people with Parkinson’s disease caused by mutations in LRRK2 react to starvation. Although the changes are quite subtle, there are differences between the way that fibroblasts that contain mutant LRRK2 respond to being starved – suggesting that there may be changes in the way that these cells regulate a key process called autophagy (a term which comes from the greek meaning to eat yourself, and is one of the ways that cells get rid of waste and recycle proteins and organellles).
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Drosophila fly model - University of Sheffield

Genetic mutations linked to Parkinson's disease

Research led by consortium researchers Dr Helene Plun-Favreau (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Dr Alex Whitworth (University of Sheffield), and collaborator Dr Heike Laman (University of Cambridge), has discovered how genetic mutations linked to Parkinson’s disease might play a key role in the death of brain cells, potentially paving the way for the development of more effective drug treatments. In the new study, published in Nature Neuroscience, the team of cross-institutional researchers showed how defects in the Parkinson’s gene Fbxo7 cause problems with mitophagy. More...

Autophagy

LRRK2 and autophagy

Mutations in LRRK2 are the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease. Here, Claudia Manzoni talks about her research (funded by the Rosetrees Trust and the Michael J. Fox Foundation) into what LRRK2 might be doing within the cell: Parkinson’s disease is a brain illness that afflicts 1 in 500 people in the UK. High profile patients, such as the actor Michael J Fox, the boxer Muhammad Ali and the late Pope John Paul II, have raised public awareness of Parkinson’s and its devastating impact. More...

GBA neurons

GBA and mitochondria

Dr Laura Osellame tells us about her recent paper in Cell Metabolism about Mitochondrial dysfunction linked to loss of an enzyme called GBA: Gaucher Disease (GD) is a rare inherited disease, belonging to the family of lysosomal storage disorders. Mutations in the gene glucocerebrosidase (GBA) are responsible for the disease and can increase susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease (PD). Genetic studies undertaken at UCL and other hospitals around the world suggest that mutations in GBA are the most common genetic risk factor currently known for PD. More...

Mike Devine

(Former MRC Clinical Research Fellow)

I am an MRC-funded clinical research fellow and trainee in neurology. My interest is in understanding the mechanisms that underpin neurodegeneration, and currently I am using iPS cell models of Parkinson's disease to study the impact of genetic mutations that cause familial Parkinson's disease on human dopaminergic neurons. The overall aim of this work is to help shed light on the biological processes that occur in neurodegeneration, in order to help start to make mechanistic treatments that can change the course of the disease process.

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Number of items: 15.

2014

Devine, MJ; Bentley, P; Jones, B; Hotton, G; Greenwood, RJ; Jenkins, IH; ... Malhotra, PA; + view all (2014) The role of the right inferior frontal gyrus in the pathogenesis of post-stroke psychosis. J Neurol 10.1007/s00415-014-7242-x.

Ludtmann, MHR; Angelova, PR; Gandhi, S; Kleneman, D; Devine, M; Wood, NW; Abramov, AY; (2014) Alpha-Synuclein Induces Mitochondrial Dysfunction Leading to a Higher Susceptibility of PTP Opening. In: BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL. (pp. 590A - 590A).

2013

Manzoni, C; Mamais, A; Dihanich, S; McGoldrick, P; Devine, MJ; Zerle, J; ... Lewis, PA; + view all (2013) Pathogenic Parkinson's disease mutations across the functional domains of LRRK2 alter the autophagic/lysosomal response to starvation. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 10.1016/j.bbrc.2013.10.159.

2012

Devine, MJ; (2012) Proteasomal inhibition as a treatment strategy for Parkinson's disease: the impact of α-synuclein on Nurr1. J Neurosci , 32 (46) 16071 - 16073. 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4224-12.2012.

Devine, MJ; (2012) Patient-derived cell models of Parkinson’s disease. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access
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Wray, S; Self, M; NINDS Parkinson's Disease iPSC Consortium,; NINDS Huntington's Disease iPSC Consortium,; NINDS ALS iPSC Consortium,; Lewis, PA; ... Hardy, J; + view all (2012) Creation of an open-access, mutation-defined fibroblast resource for neurological disease research. PLOS One , 7 (8) , Article e43099. 10.1371/journal.pone.0043099. Green and gold open access
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2011

Devine, M; Bentley, P; Jones, B; Jenkins, H; Malhotra, P; (2011) PERSISTENT PSYCHOSIS IN THREE SUSCEPTIBLE INDIVIDUALS WITH RIGHT INFERIOR FRONTAL LOBE STROKE. In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY. (pp. 420 - 420). WILEY-BLACKWELL

Devine, MJ; Gwinn, K; Singleton, A; Hardy, J; (2011) Parkinson's Disease and alpha-Synuclein Expression. MOVEMENT DISORD , 26 (12) 2160 - 2168. 10.1002/mds.23948.

Devine, MJ; Kaganovich, A; Ryten, M; Mamais, A; Trabzuni, D; Manzoni, C; ... Lewis, PA; + view all (2011) Pathogenic LRRK2 Mutations Do Not Alter Gene Expression in Cell Model Systems or Human Brain Tissue. PLOS ONE , 6 (7) , Article e22489. 10.1371/journal.pone.0022489. Green and gold open access
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Devine, MJ; Plun-Favreau, H; Wood, NW; (2011) Parkinson's disease and cancer: two wars, one front. NAT REV CANCER , 11 (11) 812 - +. 10.1038/nrc3150.

Devine, MJ; Ryten, M; Vodicka, P; Thomson, AJ; Burdon, T; Houlden, H; ... Kunath, T; + view all (2011) Parkinson's disease induced pluripotent stem cells with triplication of the alpha-synuclein locus. NAT COMMUN , 2 , Article 440. 10.1038/ncomms1453. Gold open access

Gwinn, K; Devine, MJ; Jin, LW; Johnson, J; Bird, T; Muenter, M; ... Singleton, A; + view all (2011) Clinical Features, with Video Documentation, of the Original Familial Lewy Body Parkinsonism Caused By alpha-Synuclein Triplication (Iowa Kindred). MOVEMENT DISORD , 26 (11) 2134 - 2136. 10.1002/mds.23776.

2008

Devine, MJ; Lewis, PA; (2008) Emerging pathways in genetic Parkinson's disease: tangles, Lewy bodies and LRRK2. FEBS J , 275 (23) 5748 - 5757. 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2008.06707.x.

Devine, MJ; Wilkinson, PA; Doherty, JF; Jarman, PR; (2008) Neuroschistosomiasis presenting as brainstem encephalitis. NEUROLOGY , 70 (23) 2262 - 2264.

2007

Devine, MJ; Duncan, JS; (2007) Development of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures in response to auditory hallucinations. SEIZURE-EUR J EPILEP , 16 (8) 717 - 721. 10.1016/j.seizure.2007.06.001.

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