An unstructured protein with destructive potential: TPPP/p25 in neurodegeneration

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TPPP/p25 is a recently discovered, unstructured protein involved in brain function. It is found predominantly in oligodendrocytes in normal brain but is enriched in neuronal and glial inclusions of Parkinson's disease and other synucleinopathies. Its physiological function seems to be the dynamic stabilization of microtubular ultrastructures, as well as the projections of mature oligodendrocytes and ciliary structures. We reappraise the earlier belief that TPPP/p25 is a brain-specific protein. We have identified and cloned two shorter (N-terminal-free) homologs of TPPP/p25 that behave differently from each other and from TPPP/p25. Two unique cell models have been established and used to study the effect of the unstructured protein on the energy metabolism and the formation of pathological aggregates. Our data suggest that the intracellular level of TPPP/p25 influences the cell differentiation, proliferation and the formation of protein aggregates, and consequently, the etiology of central nervous system diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-686
Number of pages11
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 31 2009


  • Inclusion
  • Microtubule
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Unstructured protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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