Dr Juan Jose Perez Moreno
In neurons, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is not only found in the cell body, but also extends into dendrites and axonal presynaptic terminals. Axonal ER comprises a tubular network of mainly smooth ER, whose function is still poorly understood. In humans, mutations of several axonal ER-shaping proteins result in hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), a motor axon degeneration disease.
Using Drosophila as model system, we try to understand the functional consequences of disrupting the axonal ER presence or continuity.
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Pérez-Moreno JJ, Espina-Zambrano AG, García-Calderón CB, Estrada B (2017), “Kon-tiki enhances PS2 integrin adhesion and localizes its ligand, Thrombospondin, in the myotendinous junction” J Cell Sci 130(5):950-962
Pérez-Moreno JJ, Bischoff M, Martín-Bermudo MD, Estrada B (2014), “The conserved transmembrane proteoglycan Perdido/Kon-tiki is essential for myofibrillogenesis and sarcomeric structure in Drosophila.” J Cell Sci 127(14):3162-73