Huntington's disease: a synaptopathy?

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Abstract

Huntington's disease (HD) is caused by a polyglutamine expansion in the protein huntingtin. In its terminal stage, HD is characterized by widespread neuronal death in the neocortex and the striatum. Classically, this neuronal death has been thought to underlie most of the symptoms of the disease. Accumulating evidence suggests, however, that cellular dysfunction is important in the pathogenesis of HD. We propose that specific impairment of the exocytosis and endocytosis machinery contributes to the development of HD. We also suggest that abnormal synaptic transmission underlies the early symptoms of HD and can contribute to the triggering of cell death in later stages of the disease.

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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Cell- och molekylärbiologi
Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)414-420
TidskriftTrends in Molecular Medicine
Volym9
Utgivningsnummer10
StatusPublished - 2003
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa