Conference / Meeting

Investigating axonal molecular dynamics in regeneration and neurodegenerative diseases

Marco Terenzio - OIST: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan
27 February 2024
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11:30 am
Polo Ferrari 1 - Via Sommarive 5, Povo (Trento)
Room A222
Department of Cellular, Computational and Integrative Biology - CIBIO
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University community
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Department of Cellular, Computational and Integrative Biology - CIBIO
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Neurons are highly polarized cells with an elongated axon that extends far away from the cell body. In order to maintain neuronal homeostasis, neurons rely extensively on axonal transport of membranous organelles and other molecular complexes in addition to local translation of proteins. Axonal transport plays a central role in the establishment of neuronal polarity, axonal growth and stabilization and synapses formation, allowing for precise spatio-temporal activation and modulation of numerous molecular cascades. Anterograde and retrograde axonal transport is supported by various molecular motors, such as kinesins and dyneins, and a complex microtubule network. In this seminar I will discuss some aspects of retrograde signaling in neurons, ranging from injury signals to dynein-mediated axonal transport, which are critical for the survival of neurons. We will also discuss strategies to promote axonal regeneration through to use of specialized substrates and the tools we have developed to investigate the mechanisms underlying axonal degeneration in Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

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