TorsinA, a novel protein in which a mutation causes dominant, early onset torsion dystonia, may serve as a chaperone for misfolded proteins that require refolding or degradation. It has been hypothesized that misfolded α-synuclein, a protein in which two mutations cause autosomal dominantly inherited Parkinson's disease, serves as a nidus for the development of a Lewy body. We hypothesized that torsinA plays a role in the cellular processing of α-synuclein. We demonstrate that anti-torsin antibodies stain Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites in the substantia nigra and cortex. Using sensitive fluorescent resonance energy transfer (FRET) techniques, we find evidence of a close association between torsinA and α-synuclein in Lewy bodies.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine