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Trends Cell Biol. 2009 Apr;19(4):147-55. doi: 10.1016/j.tcb.2009.01.005. Epub 2009 Mar 5.

Huntingtin as an essential integrator of intracellular vesicular trafficking.

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Department of Physiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, 19104-6085, USA.

Abstract

The neurodegenerative disorder Huntington's disease is caused by an expansion in the polyglutamine repeat region of the protein huntingtin. Multiple studies in cellular and animal model systems indicate that this mutation imparts a novel toxic function required for disease pathogenesis. However, the normal function of huntingtin, an essential cellular protein in higher vertebrates, is not yet well understood. Emerging data indicate an important role for wild-type huntingtin in the intracellular transport of vesicles and organelles. Here, we discuss current progress on the role of huntingtin in vesicular trafficking, focusing on the proposal that huntingtin might be a crucial regulator of organelle transport along the cellular cytoskeleton.

PMID:
19269181
PMCID:
PMC2930405
DOI:
10.1016/j.tcb.2009.01.005
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