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The small GTPase Rab11 co-localizes with α-synuclein in intracellular inclusions and modulates its aggregation, secretion and toxicity

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© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: (aSyn) misfolding and aggregation are pathological features common to several neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease (PD). Mounting evidence suggests that aSyn can be secreted and transferred from cell to cell, participating in the propagation and spreading of pathological events. Rab11, a small GTPase, is an important regulator in both endocytic and secretory pathways. Here, we show that Rab11 is involved in regulating aSyn secretion. Rab11 knockdown or overexpression of either Rab11a wild-type (Rab11a WT) or Rab11a GDP-bound mutant (Rab11a S25N) increased secretion of aSyn. Furthermore, we demonstrate that Rab11 interacts with aSyn and is present in intracellular inclusions together with aSyn. Moreover, Rab11 reduces aSyn aggregation and toxicity. Our results suggest that Rab11 is involved in modulating the processes of aSyn secretion and aggregation, both of which are important mechanisms in the progression of aSyn pathology in PD and other synucleinopathies.

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Author(s): Chutna O, Goncalves S, Villar-Piqué A, Guerreiro P, Marijanovic Z, Mendes T, Ramalho J, Emmanouilidou E, Ventura S, Klucken J, Barral DC, Giorgini F, Vekrellis K, Outeiro TF

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Human molecular genetics

Year: 2014

Volume: 23

Issue: 25

Pages: 6732-6745

Print publication date: 20/12/2014

Online publication date: 04/08/2014

Acceptance date: 24/07/2014

ISSN (print): 1460-2083

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddu391

PubMed id: 25092884


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