TDP-43 causes neurotoxicity and cytoskeletal dysfunction in primary cortical neurons

Baskaran, Pranetha, Shaw, Christopher and Guthrie, Sarah (2018) TDP-43 causes neurotoxicity and cytoskeletal dysfunction in primary cortical neurons. PLoS ONE, 13 (5). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1932-6203

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TDP-43-mediated proteinopathy is a key factor in the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A potential underlying mechanism is dysregulation of the cytoskeleton. Here we investigate the effects of expressing TDP-43 wild-type and M337V and Q331K mutant isoforms on cytoskeletal integrity and function, using rat cortical neurons in vitro. We find that TDP-43 protein becomes mislocalised in axons over 24–72 hours in culture, with protein aggregation occurring at later timepoints (144 hours). Quantitation of cell viability showed toxicity of both wild-type and mutant constructs which increased over time, especially of the Q331K mutant isoform. Analysis of the effects of TDP-43 on axonal integrity showed that TDP-43-transfected neurons had shorter axons than control cells, and that growth cone sizes were smaller. Axonal transport dynamics were also impaired by transfection with TDP-43 constructs. Taken together these data show that TDP-43 mislocalisation into axons precedes cell death in cortical neurons, and that cytoskeletal structure and function is impaired by expression of either TDP-43 wild-type or mutant constructs in vitro. These data suggest that dysregulation of cytoskeletal and neuronal integrity is an important mechanism for TDP-43-mediated proteinopathy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Anna Izykowska
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2018 15:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:35

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