Tdp-43 cryptic exons are highly variable between cell types

Yun Ha Jeong, Jonathan P. Ling, Sophie Z. Lin, Aneesh N. Donde, Kerstin E. Braunstein, Elisa Majounie, Bryan J. Traynor, Katherine D. LaClair, Thomas E. Lloyd, Philip C. Wong

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Background: TDP-43 proteinopathy is a prominent pathological feature that occurs in a number of human diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and inclusion body myositis (IBM). Our recent finding that TDP-43 represses nonconserved cryptic exons led us to ask whether cell type-specific cryptic exons could exist to impact unique molecular pathways in brain or muscle. Methods: In the present work, we investigated TDP-43's function in various mouse tissues to model disease pathogenesis. We generated mice to conditionally delete TDP-43 in excitatory neurons or skeletal myocytes and identified the cell type-specific cryptic exons associated with TDP-43 loss of function. Results: Comparative analysis of nonconserved cryptic exons in various mouse cell types revealed that only some cryptic exons were common amongst stem cells, neurons, and myocytes; the majority of these nonconserved cryptic exons were cell type-specific. Conclusions: Our results suggest that in human disease, TDP-43 loss of function may impair cell type-specific pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13
JournalMolecular neurodegeneration
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2 2017


  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Inclusion body myositis
  • TDP-43 -Nonconserved cryptic exons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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