Decreased expression of serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase 1 (SGK1) promotes alpha-synuclein increase related with down-regulation of dopaminergic cell in the Substantia Nigra of chronic MPTP-induced Parkinsonism mice and in SH-SY5Y cells.
Synucleinopathies are a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases characterized by the intracellular deposition of the protein α-synuclein leading to multiple outcomes, including dementia and Parkinsonism.
We found that over half of the reported cases with SNCA duplication had early-onset parkinsonism and non-motor features, such as dysautonomia, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD), hallucinations (usually visual) and cognitive deficits leading to dementia.
The SNCA duplication case presented with a clinical phenotype of frontotemporal dementia with marked behavioural changes, pyramidal signs, postural hypotension and transiently levodopa responsive parkinsonism.
Low doses of paraquat and polyphenols prolong life span and locomotor activity in knock-down parkin Drosophila melanogaster exposed to oxidative stress stimuli: implication in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism.
The identification of SNCA as the first gene implicated in monogenic parkinsonism led to the recognition of α-synuclein as a key protein in the pathogenesis and a major component of pathological hallmark lesions.
The alpha-synuclein gene (SNCA) multiplication causes autosomal dominant Parkinson Disease (PD): triplication is associated with early-onset rapidly progressing parkinsonism with a strong likelihood of developing dementia, while duplication is associated with a less severe phenotype similar to idiopathic PD.