Expression of mutant Huntingtin (HTT) protein is central to the pathophysiology of Huntington’s Disease (HD). The E3 ubiquitin ligase MID1 appears to have a key role in facilitating translation of the mutant HTT mRNA suggesting that interference with the function of this complex could be an attractive therapeutic approach. Here we describe a peptide that is able to disrupt the interaction between MID1 and the α4 protein, a regulatory subunit of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A). By fusing this peptide to a sequence from the HIV-TAT protein we demonstrate that the peptide can disrupt the interaction within cells and show that this results in a decrease in levels of ribosomal S6 phosphorylation and HTT expression in cultures of cerebellar granule neurones derived from HdhQ111/Q7 mice. This data serves to validate this pathway and paves the way for the discovery of small molecule inhibitors of this interaction as potential therapies for HD.
- Huntington's Disease
- Cerebellar granule cell culture