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Title: Manganese promotes the aggregation and prion-like cell-to-cell exosomal transmission of α-synuclein.

Authors: Harischandra, Dilshan S; Rokad, Dharmin; Neal, Matthew L; Ghaisas, Shivani; Manne, Sireesha; Sarkar, Souvarish; Panicker, Nikhil; Zenitsky, Gary; Jin, Huajun; Lewis, Mechelle; Huang, Xuemei; Anantharam, Vellareddy; Kanthasamy, Arthi; Kanthasamy, Anumantha G

Published In Sci Signal, (2019 03 12)

Abstract: The aggregation of α-synuclein (αSyn) is considered a key pathophysiological feature of certain neurodegenerative disorders, collectively termed synucleinopathies. Given that a prion-like, cell-to-cell transfer of misfolded αSyn has been recognized in the spreading of αSyn pathology in synucleinopathies, we investigated the biological mechanisms underlying the propagation of the disease with respect to environmental neurotoxic stress. Considering the potential role of the divalent metal manganese (Mn2+) in protein aggregation, we characterized its effect on αSyn misfolding and transmission in experimental models of Parkinson's disease. In cultured dopaminergic neuronal cells stably expressing wild-type human αSyn, misfolded αSyn was secreted through exosomes into the extracellular medium upon Mn2+ exposure. These exosomes were endocytosed through caveolae into primary microglial cells, thereby mounting neuroinflammatory responses. Furthermore, Mn2+-elicited exosomes exerted a neurotoxic effect in a human dopaminergic neuronal model (LUHMES cells). Moreover, bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) analysis revealed that Mn2+ accelerated the cell-to-cell transmission of αSyn, resulting in dopaminergic neurotoxicity in a mouse model of Mn2+ exposure. Welders exposed to Mn2+ had increased misfolded αSyn content in their serum exosomes. Stereotaxically delivering αSyn-containing exosomes, isolated from Mn2+-treated αSyn-expressing cells, into the striatum initiated Parkinsonian-like pathological features in mice. Together, these results indicate that Mn2+ exposure promotes αSyn secretion in exosomal vesicles, which subsequently evokes proinflammatory and neurodegenerative responses in both cell culture and animal models.

PubMed ID: 30862700 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Animals; Cell Line; Corpus Striatum/metabolism*; Disease Models, Animal; Dopaminergic Neurons/metabolism*; Dopaminergic Neurons/pathology; Exosomes/metabolism*; Exosomes/pathology; Manganese/pharmacology; Manganese/toxicity*; Mice; Parkinson Disease, Secondary/chemically induced; Parkinson Disease, Secondary/metabolism*; Parkinson Disease, Secondary/pathology; Prions/metabolism; Protein Aggregation, Pathological/chemically induced; Protein Aggregation, Pathological/metabolism*; Protein Aggregation, Pathological/pathology; alpha-Synuclein/metabolism*

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