Polyglutamine toxicity in non-neuronal cells

Jennifer W. Bradford, Shihua Li, Xiao Jiang Li

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The neurodegenerative polyglutamine diseases are caused by an expansion of unstable polyglutamine repeats in various disease proteins. Although these mutant proteins are expressed ubiquitously in neuronal and non-neuronal cells, they cause selective degeneration of specific neuronal populations. Recently, increasing evidence shows that polyglutamine disease proteins also affect non-neuronal cells. However, it remains unclear how the expression of polyglutamine proteins in non-neuronal cells contributes to the course of the polyglutamine diseases. Here, we discuss recent findings about the expression of mutant polyglutamine proteins in non-neuronal cells and their influence on neurological symptoms. Understanding the contribution of non-neuronal polyglutamine proteins to disease progression will help elucidate disease mechanisms and also help in the development of new treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-407
Number of pages8
JournalCell Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggregation
  • Glia
  • Huntington's disease
  • Misfolding
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Polyglutamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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