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Yeast models of Parkinson's disease-associated molecular pathologies

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tiago OuteiroORCiD


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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The aging of the human population is resulting in an increase in the number of people afflicted by neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD), creating tremendous socio-economic challenges. This requires the urgent for the development of effective therapies, and of tools for early diagnosis of the disease. However, our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying PD pathogenesis is still incomplete, hampering progress in those areas. In recent years, the progression made in genetics has considerably contributed to our knowledge, by identifying several novel PD genes. Furthermore, many cellular and animal models have proven their value to decipher pathways involved in PD development. In this review we highlight the value of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model for PD. This unicellular eukaryote has contributed to our understanding of the cellular mechanisms targeted by most important PD genes and offers an excellent tool for discovering novel players via powerful and informative high throughput screens that accelerate further validation in more complex models.

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Author(s): Tenreiro S, Franssens V, Winderickx J, Outeiro TF

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Opinion in Genetics and Development

Year: 2017

Volume: 44

Pages: 74-83

Print publication date: 01/06/2017

Online publication date: 25/05/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

ISSN (print): 0959-437X

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0380

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.gde.2017.01.013