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Front Neurosci. 2015 Nov 12;9:435. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00435. eCollection 2015.

Alteration of Golgi Structure by Stress: A Link to Neurodegeneration?

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Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Talca Curicó, Chile.
Department of Statistics and Operations Research, University of Vienna Vienna, Austria.
Biotechnology Institute Thurgau Kreuzlingen, Switzerland ; Department of Biology, University of Konstanz Konstanz, Germany.


The Golgi apparatus is well-known for its role as a sorting station in the secretory pathway as well as for its role in regulating post-translational protein modification. Another role for the Golgi is the regulation of cellular signaling by spatially regulating kinases, phosphatases, and GTPases. All these roles make it clear that the Golgi is a central regulator of cellular homeostasis. The response to stress and the initiation of adaptive responses to cope with it are fundamental abilities of all living cells. It was shown previously that the Golgi undergoes structural rearrangements under various stress conditions such as oxidative or osmotic stress. Neurodegenerative diseases are also frequently associated with alterations of Golgi morphology and many stress factors have been described to play an etiopathological role in neurodegeneration. It is however unclear whether the stress-Golgi connection plays a role in neurodegenerative diseases. Using a combination of bioinformatics modeling and literature mining, we will investigate evidence for such a tripartite link and we ask whether stress-induced Golgi arrangements are cause or consequence in neurodegeneration.


Alzheimers disease; Golgi; cellular stress response; computational modeling; neurodegenration; protein–protein interactions

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