Impaired mTORC1-Dependent Expression of Homer-3 Influences SCA1 Pathophysiology.

Ruegsegger, Céline; Stucki, David; Steiner, Silvio; Angliker, Nico; Radecke, Julika; Keller, Eva; Zuber, Benoît; Rüegg, Markus A; Saxena, Smita (2016). Impaired mTORC1-Dependent Expression of Homer-3 Influences SCA1 Pathophysiology. Neuron, 89(1), pp. 129-146. Cell Press 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.11.033

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Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1), due to the expansion of a polyglutamine repeat within the ubiquitously expressed Ataxin-1 protein, leads to the premature degeneration of Purkinje cells (PCs), the cause of which is poorly understood. Here, we identified the unique proteomic signature of Sca1(154Q/2Q) PCs at an early stage of disease, highlighting extensive alterations in proteins associated with synaptic functioning, maintenance, and transmission. Focusing on Homer-3, a PC-enriched scaffold protein regulating neuronal activity, revealed an early decline in its expression. Impaired climbing fiber-mediated synaptic transmission diminished mTORC1 signaling, paralleling Homer-3 reduction in Sca1(154Q/2Q) PCs. Ablating mTORC1 within PCs or pharmacological inhibition of mTORC1 identified Homer-3 as its downstream target. mTORC1 knockout in Sca1(154Q/2Q) PCs exacerbated and accelerated pathology. Reinstating Homer-3 expression in Sca1(154Q/2Q) PCs attenuated cellular dysfunctions and improved motor deficits. Our work reveals that impaired mTORC1-Homer-3 activity underlies PC susceptibility in SCA1 and presents a promising therapeutic target.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Cell Biology
09 Interdisciplinary Units > Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC)

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Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

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Ruegsegger, Céline, Stucki, David, Radecke, Julika, Zuber, Benoît, Saxena, Smita


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Cell Press




Benoît Zuber

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28 Jan 2016 13:25

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05 Dec 2022 14:51

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