Proteomics-level analysis of myelin formation and regeneration in a mouse model for Vanishing White Matter disease

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J Neurochem. 2015;134(3):513-26.

Gat-Viks I1, Geiger T2, Barbi M1, Raini G1, Elroy-Stein O1,3.

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  1. Department of Cell Research & Immunology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  2. Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
  3. Sagol school of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Vanishing white matter (VWM) is a recessive neurodegenerative disease caused by mutations in translation initiation factor eIF2B and leading to progressive brain myelin deterioration, secondary axonal damage, and death in early adolescence. Eif2b5(R132H/R132H) mice exhibit delayed developmental myelination, mild early neurodegeneration and a robust remyelination defect in response to cuprizone-induced demyelination. In the current study we used Eif2b5(R132H/R132H) mice for mass-spectrometry analyses, to follow the changes in brain protein abundance in normal- versus cuprizone-diet fed mice during the remyelination recovery phase. Analysis of proteome profiles suggested that dysregulation of mitochondrial functions, altered proteasomal activity and impaired balance between protein synthesis and degradation play a role in Vanishing white matter pathology. Consistent with these findings, we detected elevated levels of reactive oxygen species in mutant-derived primary fibroblasts and reduced 20S proteasome activity in mutant brain homogenates. These observations highlight the importance of tight translational control to precise coordination of processes involved in myelin formation  and  regeneration and  point at cellular functions that may contribute to Vanishing white matter pathology. Eif2b5(R132H/R132H)  mousemodel  for vanishing white matter disease was used for mass spectrometry of brain proteins at two time points under normal conditions and along recovery from cuprizone-induced demyelination. Comparisons of proteome profiles revealed the importance of mitochondrial function and tight coordination between protein synthesis and degradation to myelination formation and  regeneration, pointing at cellular functions that contribute to Vanishing white matter pathology.

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