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Huntingtin interacts with cystathionine beta-synthase

Boutell, J. M., Wood, J. D., Harper, P. S. and Jones, Lesley 1998. Huntingtin interacts with cystathionine beta-synthase. Human Molecular Genetics 7 (3) , pp. 371-378. 10.1093/hmg/7.3.371

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We have screened a rat brain library to identify proteins which interact with the 5'-end of huntingtin (amino acids 1-171), including the polyglutamine tract, in the yeast two-hybrid system. We detected an interaction with cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) [L-serine hydrolyase (adding homocysteine), EC], which was confirmed in vitro using His-tagged CBS expressed in Escherichia coli , which was able to specifically bind both rat and human full-length huntingtin. Neither normal nor expanded polyglutamine repeat alone interacted with CBS in the yeast two-hybrid system and nor did constructs containing SBMA or DRPLA with normal or expanded polyglutamine tracts. CBS therefore appears to bind specifically to huntingtin. CBS deficiency is associated with homocystinuria, which is known to affect various physiological systems, including the central nervous system. Homocysteine, one of the substrates of CBS, is known to accumulate in homocystinuria and is metabolized to homocysteate and homocysteine sulphinate, both known to be powerful excitotoxic amino acids. It has been suggested that Huntington's disease involves the action of excitotoxic amino acids and this interaction with CBS may suggest a mechanism for such excitotoxic damage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0964-6906
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:38

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