Tesis Doctoral

Tesis Doctoral
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New models and molecular mechanisms in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease caused by GDAP1
Thesis Direction: Dr. Máximo Ibo Galindo Orozco
10/03/2017 – 12:30 h
Salón de Actos CIPF
Abstract: One of the genes involved in Charcot Marie Tooth disease, an inherited peripheral
neuropathy, is GDAP1, which encodes a protein anchored to the mitochondrial outer
membrane. The Drosophila CG4623 gene is the true ortholog of human GDAP1, and we have
renamed it Gdap1. By up- and down-regulation of Gdap1 in a tissue-specific manner, we show
changes in mitochondrial size, morphology and distribution; and neuronal and muscular
degeneration. The study of different molecular aspects indicates that changes in oxidative
stress happen only in the long term and are not a primary cause.
A metabolomic study using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), reveals that up- and
down-regulation of Gdap1 result in accumulation of carbohydrates and an increase in the βoxidation of lipids. This metabolic shift is explained by a systemic attenuation of the insulin
pathway, which is probably caused by abnormal mitochondria-ER contact as the result of too
much or too little Gdap1 activity.
We translate our Drosophila results to neuronal mammalian cell culture and
demonstrate that over-expression of GDAP1 mutated forms cause an imbalance of insulin
related proteins in basal conditions. Furthemore, we show that GDAP1 mutations trigger a
blockage of the insulin response based in the inability to take glucose from the media after
insulin treatment.