Myotubularin-related protein protects against neuronal degeneration mediated by oxidative stress or infection

Supender Kaur, Yu Sang, Alejandro Aballay

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Microbial infections have been linked to the onset and severity of neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we used a genetic screen for genes involved in protection from infection-associated neurodegeneration and identified the gene mtm-10. We then validated the role of the encoded myotubularin-related protein, MTM-10, in protecting the dendrites of Caenorhabditis elegans from degeneration mediated by oxidative stress or Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. Further experiments indicated that mtm-10 is expressed in the AWC neurons of C. elegans, where it functions in a cell-autonomous manner to protect the dendrite degeneration caused by pathogen infection. We also confirm that the changes observed in the dendrites of the animals were not because of premature death or overall sickness. Finally, our studies indicated that mtm-10 functions in AWC neurons to preserve chemosensation after pathogen infection. These results reveal an essential role for myotubularin-related protein 10 in the protection of dendrite morphology and function against the deleterious effects of oxidative stress or infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101614
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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