Modelling C9orf72 dipeptide repeat proteins of a physiologically relevant size

Janis Bennion Callister, Sarah Ryan, Joan Sim, Sara Rollinson, Stuart Pickering-Brown

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C9orf72 expansions are the most common genetic cause of FTLD and MND identified to date. Although being intronic, the expansion is translated into five different dipeptide repeat proteins (DPRs) that accumulate within patients' neurons. Attempts have been made to model DPRs in cell and animals. However, the majority of these use DPRs repeat numbers much shorter than those observed in patients. To address this we have generated a selection of DPR expression constructs with repeat numbers in excess of 1000 repeats, matching what is seen in patients. Small and larger DPRs produce inclusions with similar morphology but different cellular effects. We demonstrate a length dependent effect using electrophysiology with a phenotype only occurring with the longest DPRs. These data highlight the importance of using physiologically relevant repeat numbers when modelling DPRs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5069–5082
JournalHuman Molecular Genetics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2016


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