This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. An effective therapy for late-onset neurodegenerative diseases remains elusive. These disorders are often associated with the accumulation of insoluble amyloid aggregates, and subsequent neuronal dysfunction and death. In many cases, such as Spinocerebellar Ataxia and Huntington's disease (HD), aggregation is associated with expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts in the disease gene, usually beyond a critical threshold of approximately 40 glutamine repeats. Molecular chaperones, which selectively bind non-native proteins and facilitate their folding or degradation, have been shown to modulate aggregation and toxicity in neurodegenerative disease models. Recently, Frydman found that the eukaryotic chaperonin TRiC/CCT controls polyglutamine aggregation and toxicity in vivo and acts as a potent inhibitor of aggregation. Strikingly, we found that TRiC subunit CCT1, and more specifically the 140 amino acid CCT1 apical domain, directly inhibits the aggregation and neurotoxicity associated with the causative agent of Huntington?s disease (polyglutamine- expanded huntingtin exon1). We propose to use cryoEM to study the morphology of the Huntingtin firbils which are grown at different times and see the aggregation upon treatment with TRiC.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR002250-26
Application #
8361086
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-T (41))
Project Start
2011-01-01
Project End
2011-12-31
Budget Start
2011-01-01
Budget End
2011-12-31
Support Year
26
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$17,169
Indirect Cost
Name
Baylor College of Medicine
Department
Physiology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
051113330
City
Houston
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
77030
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