Seeded assembly in vitro does not replicate the structures of α-synuclein filaments from multiple system atrophy
Posted 27 Nov 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.11.27.401364
Posted 27 Nov 2020
The propagation of conformational strains by templated seeding is central to the prion concept. Seeded assembly of -synuclein into filaments is believed to underlie the prion-like spreading of protein inclusions in a number of human neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy (MSA). We previously determined the atomic structures of -synuclein filaments from the putamen of five individuals with MSA. Here, we used filament preparations from three of these brains for the in vitro seeded assembly of recombinant human -synuclein. We find that the structures of the seeded assemblies differ from those of the seeds, suggesting that additional, as yet unknown, factors play a role in the propagation of pathology. Identification of these factors will be essential for understanding the prion-like spreading of -synuclein proteinopathies.
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