RNA binding proteins and the pathological cascade in ALS/FTD neurodegeneration

Daisuke Ito, Mami Hatano, Norihiro Suzuki

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Advanced genetic approaches have accelerated the identification of causative genes linked to the neurodegenerative diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Most of the disease-related proteins encoded by these genes form aggregates in the cellular machineries that regulate RNA and protein quality control in cells. Cross-talk among the signaling pathways governing these machineries leads to pathological cascadesmediated by the accumulation of mutant RNA binding proteins.We outline themolecular basis of ALS and FTD pathogenesis and discuss the prospects for therapeutic strategies to treat these diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5436
JournalScience translational medicine
Issue number415
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 8

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