The overall goal of this program project is to investigate mechanisms by which alterations in mitochondrial protein function(s) contribute to neuronal degeneration related to Parkinson's disease (PD). Thus, a central Neuropathology Core to examine alterations in subcellular protein distribution, post-translational modification, and association with neuronal injury/death markers in PD/Lewy body disease (LBD) patient brain tissues and related model systems forms an essential component interfacing with each of the individual projects. The Core will be directed by a practicing neuropathologist with expertise in Lewy body diseases and subcellular protein trafficking in PD models, and draw upon extensive resources of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Bank. The neuropathology core will apply multi-label fluorescence or biochemical techniques to study protein localization, phosphorylation and macromolecular interactions in appropriately fixed or frozen tissues, in defining selection criteria to obtain pertinent regions of brain from diseased and matched control subjects, and in standardizing quantitative image analysis protocols for experimental material and human brain tissue studies across the projects. The core personnel have ongoing, productive collaborations with the individual project leaders, as reflected in shared manuscripts and preliminary data. Given the success of these interactions, we expect a continued expansion of translational efforts between disease models and human pathology.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Type
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
5P01NS059806-04
Application #
8378722
Study Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Initial Review Group (NSD)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2012-07-01
Budget End
2013-06-30
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$91,129
Indirect Cost
$30,977
Name
University of Pittsburgh
Department
Type
DUNS #
004514360
City
Pittsburgh
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
15213
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