Friday, February 27th 2015 h. 14,00
Seminars Room, NICO
Linking fatty acid metabolism to peripheral neuropathy
Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milan
Myelin is a membrane characterized by high lipid content to facilitate impulse propagation. Changes in myelin fatty acid (FA) composition have been associated with peripheral neuropathy, but the specific role of peripheral nerve FA synthesis in myelin formation and function is poorly understood.
We have found that mice lacking sterol regulatory element-binding factor-1c (Srebf1c) have blunted peripheral nerve FA synthesis that results in development of peripheral neuropathy. Srebf1c null mice develop Remak bundle alterations and hypermyelination of small caliber fibers that impair nerve function.
Peripheral nerves lacking Srebf1c show decreased FA synthesis and glycolytic flux, but increased FA catabolism and mitochondrial function. These metabolic alterations are the result of local accumulation of two endogenous peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (Pparα) ligands, 1-palmitoyl-2-oleyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphatidylcholine and 1-stearoyl-2-oleyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphatidylcholine. Treatment with a Pparα antagonist rescues the neuropathy of Srebf1c null mice. These findings reveal the importance of peripheral nerve FA synthesis to sustain myelin structure and function.
Host: Alessandro Vercelli
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Since 2001, this meeting represented an important event for basic and clinical researchers working on this emerging scientific topic. We will address state-of-the-art approaches in the field of steroids and nervous system, including behavior, epigenetics, genomic and non-genomic actions, the vitamin D, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, and the interference among endocrine disruptors and steroid signaling.
Lo studio, pubblicato nel 2015 dal nostro gruppo di Rigenerazione dei Nervi guidato dal prof. Stefano Geuna, è stato inserito tra le migliori 10 pubblicazioni ‘pioneristiche e originali’ di ricercatori italiani selezionate dal prestigioso European Journal of Neuroscience tra quelle pubblicate negli ultimi anni.