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The THO Complex Coordinates Transcripts for Synapse Development and Dopamine Neuron Survival

Overview of attention for article published in Cell, September 2018
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The THO Complex Coordinates Transcripts for Synapse Development and Dopamine Neuron Survival
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Cell, September 2018
DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2018.07.046
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Celine I. Maeder, Jae-Ick Kim, Xing Liang, Konstantin Kaganovsky, Ao Shen, Qin Li, Zhaoyu Li, Sui Wang, X.Z. Shawn Xu, Jin Billy Li, Yang Kevin Xiang, Jun B. Ding, Kang Shen


Synaptic vesicle and active zone proteins are required for synaptogenesis. The molecular mechanisms for coordinated synthesis of these proteins are not understood. Using forward genetic screens, we identified the conserved THO nuclear export complex (THOC) as an important regulator of presynapse development in C. elegans dopaminergic neurons. In THOC mutants, synaptic messenger RNAs are retained in the nucleus, resulting in dramatic decrease of synaptic protein expression, near complete loss of synapses, and compromised dopamine function. CRE binding protein (CREB) interacts with THOC to mark synaptic transcripts for efficient nuclear export. Deletion of Thoc5, a THOC subunit, in mouse dopaminergic neurons causes severe defects in synapse maintenance and subsequent neuronal death in the substantia nigra compacta. These cellular defects lead to abrogated dopamine release, ataxia, and animal death. Together, our results argue that nuclear export mechanisms can select specific mRNAs and be a rate-limiting step for neuronal differentiation and survival.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 55 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 25%
Researcher 13 24%
Unspecified 7 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 9%
Other 4 7%
Other 12 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Neuroscience 18 33%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 27%
Unspecified 8 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 5%
Other 4 7%

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