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Monitoring autophagy in the treatment of protein aggregate diseases: steps toward identifying autophagic biomarkers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23408309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington disease, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease are caused by the accumulation of aggregate prone proteins. Pathogenic proteins misfold, aggregate, and escape the cell's normal degradative pathways. Protein aggregates subsequently lead to the toxic disruption of normal cellular processes leading, ultimately, to disease. Several lines of evidence suggest that reducing the burden of these toxic aggregates is therapeutic. One mechanism proposed to facilitate the degradation or clearance of these protein inclusions is macroautophagy. While autophagic treatment paradigms for neurodegeneration are still in the early stages of preclinical development, it is essential to identify and validate methods to measure the activation of autophagy in human patients. These methods will serve as important biomarkers necessary to test compound efficacy and monitor clinical improvement.
Conrad C Weihl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1878-7479     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurotherapeutics     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-05     Completed Date:  2014-02-10     Revised Date:  2014-07-01    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101290381     Medline TA:  Neurotherapeutics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  383-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Autophagy / physiology*
Biological Markers / metabolism
Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism*
Neurodegenerative Diseases / metabolism*,  therapy*
Protein Folding*
Grant Support
K02 AG042095/AG/NIA NIH HHS; K02AG042095/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R01 AG031867/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R01AG031867/AG/NIA NIH HHS
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Biological Markers; 0/Nerve Tissue Proteins

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