RNA sequencing output was aligned to the GRCh38 Reference Genome and quantified using the STAR aligner.65 Genes were annotated against the GENCODE version 23 Comprehensive Gene Annotation. Quality control was performed using Picard Tools AlignmentSummaryMetrics. Samples passing quality control and having RNA Integrity Number (RIN) > 5 were used in downstream analysis. To identify differentially expressed genes, the R package DESeq2 was used as previously described.66 The function DESeq was used to estimate size factors, estimate dispersion, fit the data to a negative binomial generalized linear model, and generate differential expression statistics using the Wald test. KEGG enrichment analysis was performed for internal analysis using the R package clusterProfiler.67
Although C9orf72 knockout mice do not show overt neurodegeneration, gain-of-function disease processes may trigger neurodegeneration through mechanisms induced by reduced C9ORF72 levels. For example, DPRs cause mis-splicing of the EAAT2 glutamate transporter in astrocytes, which couldincrease excitotoxicity in neurons with elevated glutamate receptor levels 12. To determine if DPRs alter glutamate uptake by astrocytes, we compared glutamate uptake in human primary astrocytes expressing either GFP or GR50 –GFP. Indeed, GR50 –GFP significantly impaired glutamate uptake by astrocytes (Supplementary Fig. 13h).
Libraries were prepared from total RNA using Clontech SMARTer Stranded RNA-Seq kit, with Clonetech RiboGone ribodepletion performed ahead of cDNA generation. Amounts of input RNA were estimated using the Bioanalyzer and libraries produced according to Clontech’s protocol. Library generation and sequencing were performed at the Norris Cancer Center Sequencing Core at USC. All FASTQ files were analyzed using FastQC (version 0.10.1), trimmed using the FASTQ Toolkit (v 1.0), aligned to the GRCh37/hg19 reference genome using Tophat (version 2), and transcripts assembled and tested for differential expression using Cufflinks (version 2.1.1). Raw data is available for public download in the NCBI database under accession code PRJNA296854.
With the four components of a chemical heat pump (two solid-gas reactors, an evaporator and a condenser), a cycle of the double-effect type can be applied to continuous refrigeration. The performance of this process is analysed, allowing the infinite sink temperature and the couples of reactive salts to be used, which depend on the production temperature envisaged, to be selected. The results are ... [Show full abstract]Read more
Therapeutic strategies in development for C9ORF72 ALS/FTD target gain-of-function mechanisms. These include ASOs 6–8 and small molecules 13 that disrupt RNA foci formation. However, these approaches have not fully rescued neurodegeneration in human patient-derived neurons 6–8,13, indicating that replacing C9ORF72 function or new therapeutic targets may be required.
An intronic GGGGCC repeat expansion in C9ORF72 is the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), but its pathogenic mechanism remains unclear. Here we use human induced motor neurons (iMNs) to show that repeat-expanded C9ORF72 is haploinsufficient in ALS. We show that C9ORF72 interacts with endosomes and is required for normal vesicle trafficking and lysosomal biogenesis in motor neurons. Repeat expansion reduces C9ORF72 expression, triggering neurodegeneration through two mechanisms: accumulation of glutamate receptors leading to excitotoxicity, and impaired clearance of neurotoxic dipeptide repeat proteins derived from the repeat expansion. Thus, cooperativity between gain- and loss-of-function mechanisms leads to neurodegeneration. Restoring C9ORF72 levels or augmenting its function with constitutively active RAB5 or chemical modulators of RAB5 effectors rescues patient neuron survival and ameliorates neurodegenerative processes in both gain- and loss-of function C9ORF72 mouse models. Thus, modulating vesicle trafficking can rescue neurodegeneration caused by the C9ORF72 repeat expansion. Coupled with rare mutations in ALS2, FIG4, CHMP2B, OPTN, and SQSTM1, our results reveal mechanistic convergence on vesicle trafficking in ALS/FTD.
To determine if transcriptional changes in C9ORF72+/− and C9ORF72−/− iMNs also reflect the contribution of C9ORF72 protein levels to neurodegeneration, we performed RNA sequencing on flow-purified Hb9::RFP+ iMNs from C9ORF72+/−, C9ORF72−/−, and isogenic control iMNs, as well as C9ORF72 patient iMNs (Supplementary Table 7), and compared them to existing RNA-seq data from postmortem tissue 34,35. When examining consensus genes that were differentially expressed compared to controls in all C9ORF72 patient postmortem datasets (from GSE56504 and GSE67196)34,35, both C9ORF72+/− and C9ORF72 patient iMNs shared similar gene expression changes to the postmortem tissue (Supplementary Fig. 6). Thus, a reduction in C9ORF72 levels induces disease-associated transcriptional changes observed in C9ORF72 patient postmortem samples.
Consistent with PIKFYVE being the relevant target in the iMN survival assay, Apilimod increased C9ORF72 patient, but not control, iMN survival in either neurotrophic withdrawal conditions (Fig. 6d) or excess glutamate (n=4 patients, Supplementary Fig. 15f (n=3 controls, Supplementary Fig. 15g). Automated neuron tracking software independently verified Apilimod efficacy on C9ORF72 patient iMNs (Supplementary Fig. 15h). As further confirmation that PIKFYVE was the active target, ASO-mediated suppression of PIKFYVE also rescued C9ORF72 patient iMN survival (Fig. 6d and Supplementary Fig. 15i). In addition, we synthesized a structural analog of Apilimod with a reduced ability to inhibit PIKFYVE kinase activity in a biochemical assay using purified PIKFYVE protein (Fig. 6b and Supplementary Fig. 15j, 16). The reduced activity analog was significantly less effective at rescuing C9ORF72 patient iMN survival (Fig. 6e). Thus, small molecule inhibition of PIKFYVE can rescue patient motor neuron survival.
(a) Phenotypic screening for small molecules that enhance the survival of C9-ALS iMNs. (b) Chemical structure of the PIKFYVE inhibitors YM201636 and Apilimod, and a reduced-activity analog of Apilimod. (c) Live cell images of iMNs at day 7 of treatment with DMSO or YM201636 (scale bar: 1 mm). This experiment was performed 3 times with similar results. (d) Survival effect of scrambled or PIFKVYE ASOs on C9-ALS iMNs in excess glutamate. n=50 iMNs per condition, iMNs quantified from 3 biologically independent iMN conversions per condition. (e) Survival effect of Apilimod and the reduced-activity analog on C9-ALS patient iMNs with neurotrophic factor withdrawal. n=50 iMNs per condition, iMNs quantified from 3 biologically independent iMN conversions per condition. All iMN survival experiments in (d, e) were analyzed by two-sided log-rank test, and statistical significance was calculated using the entire survival time course. (f) Activities of therapeutic targets in C9ORF72 ALS. (g, h) The effect of 3 μM Apilimod on NMDA-induced hippocampal injury in control, C9orf72+/−, or C9orf72−/− mice. (Mean +/− s.e.m. of n=3 mice per condition, one-way ANOVA with Tukey correction across all comparisons, F-value (DFn, DFd): (3, 8)=43.55, AP = Apilimod, red dashed lines outline the injury sites). (i, j) The effect of 3 μM Apilimod on the level of GR+ puncta in the dentate gyrus of control or C9-BAC mice. Mean +/− s.d. of the number of GR+ puncta per cell, each data point represents a single cell. n=20 (wild-type + DMSO), 20 (wild-type + Apilimod), 87 (C9-BAC + DMSO), and 87 (C9-BAC + Apilimod) cells quantified from 3 mice per condition, one-way ANOVA with Tukey correction for all comparisons, F-value (DFn, DFd): (3, 180) = 16.29. Scale bars = 2 μm, dotted lines outline nuclei, and white arrows denote GR+ punctae (i). (k) Model for the mechanisms that cooperate to cause neurodegeneration in C9ORF72 ALS/FTD. Proteins in red are known to be mutated in ALS or FTD. iMN survival experiments in (d, e) were performed in a Molecular Devices ImageExpress.
Primary chick myoblasts were dissected from D11 chick embryos and plated onto plastic dishes pre-coated with 0.1% gelatin. After 3 days of culture in muscle medium containing F10 (Life Technologies), 10% horse serum, 5% chicken serum (Life Technologies), 0.145 mg/ml CaCl2 (Sigma), and 2% Penicillin/Streptomycin, myoblasts were trypsinized and replated onto iMNs which were at days 15–18 post-transduction. The co-culture was maintained in neuronal medium containing DMEM/F12, 2% B27, 1% GlutaMax and 1% Penicillin/Streptomycin, supplemented with 10ng/ml BDNF, GDNF, and CNTF for 7 days in order to allow neuromuscular junctions to form. Videos were taken using Nikon Eclipse Tis microscope with NIS Element AR software. Light-stimulated contraction shown in Supplementary Figure 2j are representative of contraction observed in 2 biological replicates, with 5 contractile sites per replicate.
To determine if the survival difference between C9ORF72 patient iMNs and controls was specific to our transcription factor-based reprogramming approach, we also measured the survival of Hb9::RFP+ control and C9ORF72 patient motor neurons derived from iPSCs by small molecule activation of the Sonic Hedgehog and retinoic acid signaling pathways 28 (Supplementary Fig. 3g, h). Similarly to iMNs, morphogen-generated motor neurons showed a significant survival difference between C9ORF72 patients and controls (Supplementary Fig. 3i-l).
Mice were anesthetized with i.p. ketamine (100 mg ⁄ kg) and xylazine (10 mg ⁄ kg), and body temperature kept at 36.9 ± 0.1°C with a thermostatic heating pad. Mice were placed in a stereotactic apparatus (ASI Instruments, USA) and the head is fixed accordingly. A burr hole was drilled, and an injection needle (33 gauge) was lowered into the hippocampus between CA1 and the dentate gyrus (AP −2.0, ML +1.5, DV −1.8). NMDA (20 nmol in 0.3 μl of phosphate-buffered saline, pH 7.4) was infused over 2 min using a micro-injection system (World Precision Instruments, Sarasota, FL, USA). Simultaneously, or independently, Apilimod (0.3 μl of 20 μM in phosphate-buffered saline, pH 7.4) was infused over 2 min using a micro-injection system (World Precision Instruments, Sarasota, FL, USA). The needle was left in place for an additional 8 min after the injection. Animals were euthanized 48 h later. Brains were quickly removed, frozen on dry ice, and stored at −80°C until processing. Thirty-micrometer-thick coronal sections were prepared using a cryostat. Every fifth section 1 mm anterior and posterior to the site of injection was stained with cresyl violet. The lesion area was identiﬁed by the loss of staining, measured by NIH ImageJ software and integrated to obtain the volume of injury.
Wuqiao County (simplified Chinese: 吴桥县; traditional Chinese: 吳橋縣; pinyin: Wúqiáo Xiàn, literally "Wu Bridge") is a county of southeastern Hebei province, China, bordering Shandong province to the southeast. It is the southernmost county-level division of the prefecture-level city of Cangzhou. Wuqiao covers an area of 583 km2 (225 sq mi) with a population of 280,000 and 444 natural villages under its jurisdiction. Over a period of more than 1500 years, Wuqiao is an old county with a vivid and rich history and culture. Wuqiao is situated in the center of the Huabei Plains and has a pleasant climate most of the year round and it is possible to pleasurably visit here at almost any time of the year.
Journalistic genres in China have acquired distinctive characteristics and have shaped original sub-genres that are unique to the local journalistic tradition. While many studies analyzing their characteristics have been written in Chinese, works on the subject in other languages are still scarce. This contribution aims to fill this void by presenting the two main genres in which written journalistic production can be understood, i.e., “news” and “views”, as well as their sub-genres, and showing how they are interpreted in Chinese media studies. The analysis is based on a corpus of recent academic publications that represent the current Chinese scholarly interpretations of local genres of journalism. In doing so, the paper also offers insights on recent theoretical reflections about the functions of journalistic writing in the People’s Republic of China.
Consistent with previous studies 3,4,6–8, patient iMNs (n=5 patients) had reduced C9ORF72 expression compared to controls (n=3; Fig. 2a and Supplementary Fig. 4a, 5b). While previous studies have linked low C9ORF72 levels to changes in vesicle trafficking or autophagy 18,20,30–33, it remains unknown if loss of C9ORF72 protein directly contributes to degeneration. Thus, we re-expressed C9ORF72 (isoform A or B) in iMNs using a retroviral cassette (Supplementary Fig. 4b) and found that both isoforms rescued C9ORF72 patient iMN survival in response to glutamate treatment (n=3 patients Fig. 2b and Supplementary Fig. 4c). This effect was specific for C9ORF72 iMNs, as forced expression of C9ORF72 did not rescue SOD1A4V iMN survival (Fig. 2c), nor did it improve the survival of control iMNs (n=2 controls Fig. 2d and Supplementary Fig. 4d).