LanCL1 promotes motor neuron survival and extends the lifespan of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis mice

Honglin Tan, Mina Chen, Dejiang Pang, Xiaoqiang Xia, Chongyangzi Du, Wanchun Yang, Yiyuan Cui, Chao Huang, Wanxiang Jiang, Dandan Bi, Chunyu Li, Huifang Shang, Paul F. Worley, Bo Xiao

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive loss of motor neurons. Improving neuronal survival in ALS remains a significant challenge. Previously, we identified Lanthionine synthetase C-like protein 1 (LanCL1) as a neuronal antioxidant defense gene, the genetic deletion of which causes apoptotic neurodegeneration in the brain. Here, we report in vivo data using the transgenic SOD1G93A mouse model of ALS indicating that CNS-specific expression of LanCL1 transgene extends lifespan, delays disease onset, decelerates symptomatic progression, and improves motor performance of SOD1G93A mice. Conversely, CNS-specific deletion of LanCL1 leads to neurodegenerative phenotypes, including motor neuron loss, neuroinflammation, and oxidative damage. Analysis reveals that LanCL1 is a positive regulator of AKT activity, and LanCL1 overexpression restores the impaired AKT activity in ALS model mice. These findings indicate that LanCL1 regulates neuronal survival through an alternative mechanism, and suggest a new therapeutic target in ALS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1369-1382
Number of pages14
JournalCell death and differentiation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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