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Hum Mol Genet. 2009 Feb 15;18(4):667-78. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddn396. Epub 2008 Nov 21.

Interactions between the juvenile Batten disease gene, CLN3, and the Notch and JNK signalling pathways.

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  • 1MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, New Hunt's House, Guy's Hospital Campus, King's College London, London, UK.


Mutations in the gene CLN3 are responsible for the neurodegenerative disorder juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis or Batten disease. CLN3 encodes a multi-spanning and hydrophobic transmembrane protein whose function is unclear. As a consequence, the cell biology that underlies the pathology of the disease is not well understood. We have developed a genetic gain-of-function system in Drosophila to identify functional pathways and interactions for CLN3. We have identified previously unknown interactions between CLN3 and the Notch and Jun N-terminal kinase signalling pathways and have uncovered a potential role for the RNA splicing and localization machinery in regulating CLN3 function.

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