TitleEndo-lysosomal dysfunction: a converging mechanism in neurodegenerative diseases.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWang C, Telpoukhovskaia MA, Bahr BA, Chen X, Gan L
JournalCurr Opin Neurobiol
Volume48
Pagination52-58
Date Published2018 Feb
ISSN1873-6882
Abstract

Endo-lysosomal pathways are essential in maintaining protein homeostasis in the cell. Numerous genes in the endo-lysosomal pathways have been found to associate with neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Mutations of these genes lead to dysfunction in multiple steps of the endo-lysosomal network: autophagy, endocytic trafficking and lysosomal degradation, resulting in accumulation of pathogenic proteins. Although the exact pathogenic mechanism varies for different disease-associated genes, dysfunction of the endo-lysosomal pathways represents a converging mechanism shared by these diseases. Therefore, strategies that correct or compensate for endo-lysosomal dysfunction may be promising therapeutic approaches to treat neurodegenerative diseases.

DOI10.1016/j.conb.2017.09.005
Alternate JournalCurr. Opin. Neurobiol.
PubMed ID29028540