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Elife ; 82019 11 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31763980

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The human face represents a combined set of highly heritable phenotypes, but knowledge on its genetic architecture remains limited, despite the relevance for various fields. A series of genome-wide association studies on 78 facial shape phenotypes quantified from 3-dimensional facial images of 10,115 Europeans identified 24 genetic loci reaching study-wide suggestive association (p < 5 × 10-8), among which 17 were previously unreported. A follow-up multi-ethnic study in additional 7917 individuals confirmed 10 loci including six unreported ones (padjusted < 2.1 × 10-3). A global map of derived polygenic face scores assembled facial features in major continental groups consistent with anthropological knowledge. Analyses of epigenomic datasets from cranial neural crest cells revealed abundant cis-regulatory activities at the face-associated genetic loci. Luciferase reporter assays in neural crest progenitor cells highlighted enhancer activities of several face-associated DNA variants. These results substantially advance our understanding of the genetic basis underlying human facial variation and provide candidates for future in-vivo functional studies.

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EMBO J ; 36(10): 1392-1411, 2017 05 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28331029

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Presynaptic terminals are metabolically active and accrue damage through continuous vesicle cycling. How synapses locally regulate protein homeostasis is poorly understood. We show that the presynaptic lipid phosphatase synaptojanin is required for macroautophagy, and this role is inhibited by the Parkinson's disease mutation R258Q. Synaptojanin drives synaptic endocytosis by dephosphorylating PI(4,5)P2, but this function appears normal in SynaptojaninRQ knock-in flies. Instead, R258Q affects the synaptojanin SAC1 domain that dephosphorylates PI(3)P and PI(3,5)P2, two lipids found in autophagosomal membranes. Using advanced imaging, we show that SynaptojaninRQ mutants accumulate the PI(3)P/PI(3,5)P2-binding protein Atg18a on nascent synaptic autophagosomes, blocking autophagosome maturation at fly synapses and in neurites of human patient induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons. Additionally, we observe neurodegeneration, including dopaminergic neuron loss, in SynaptojaninRQ flies. Thus, synaptojanin is essential for macroautophagy within presynaptic terminals, coupling protein turnover with synaptic vesicle cycling and linking presynaptic-specific autophagy defects to Parkinson's disease.


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Autofagossomos/metabolismo , Autofagia , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Monoéster Fosfórico Hidrolases/metabolismo , Terminações Pré-Sinápticas/enzimologia , Terminações Pré-Sinápticas/metabolismo , Substituição de Aminoácidos , Animais , Proteínas Relacionadas à Autofagia/análise , Células Cultivadas , Drosophila , Humanos , Proteínas de Membrana/análise , Mutação de Sentido Incorreto , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Doença de Parkinson/patologia , Fosfatos de Fosfatidilinositol/metabolismo , Monoéster Fosfórico Hidrolases/genética
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