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Death Associated Protein Kinase (DAPK) -mediated neurodegenerative mechanisms in nematode excitotoxicity

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Neuroscience, April 2015
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Death Associated Protein Kinase (DAPK) -mediated neurodegenerative mechanisms in nematode excitotoxicity
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BMC Neuroscience, April 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12868-015-0158-2
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John S Del Rosario, Katherine Genevieve Feldmann, Towfiq Ahmed, Uzair Amjad, BakKeung Ko, JunHyung An, Tauhid Mahmud, Maha Salama, Shirley Mei, Daniel Asemota, Itzhak Mano


Excitotoxicity (the toxic overstimulation of neurons by the excitatory transmitter Glutamate) is a central process in widespread neurodegenerative conditions such as brain ischemia and chronic neurological diseases. Many mechanisms have been suggested to mediate excitotoxicity, but their significance across diverse excitotoxic scenarios remains unclear. Death Associated Protein Kinase (DAPK), a critical molecular switch that controls a range of key signaling and cell death pathways, has been suggested to have an important role in excitotoxicity. However, the molecular mechanism by which DAPK exerts its effect is controversial. A few distinct mechanisms have been suggested by single (sometimes contradicting) studies, and a larger array of potential mechanisms is implicated by the extensive interactome of DAPK. Here we analyze a well-characterized model of excitotoxicity in the nematode C. elegans to show that DAPK is an important mediator of excitotoxic neurodegeneration across a large evolutionary distance. We further show that some proposed mechanisms of DAPK's action (modulation of synaptic strength, involvement of the DANGER-related protein MAB-21, and autophagy) do not have a major role in nematode excitotoxicity. In contrast, Pin1/PINN-1 (a DAPK interaction-partner and a peptidyl-prolyl isomerase involved in chronic neurodegenerative conditions) suppresses neurodegeneration in our excitotoxicity model. Our studies highlight the prominence of DAPK and Pin1/PINN-1 as conserved mediators of cell death processes in diverse scenarios of neurodegeneration.

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Unknown 25 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 5 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 20%
Student > Master 3 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 12%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 8%
Other 3 12%
Unknown 4 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 16%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 12%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 12%
Other 5 20%
Unknown 3 12%

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