Structural Insights Into TDP-43 and Effects of Post-translational Modifications

Liberty François-Moutal, Samantha Perez-Miller, David D. Scott, Victor G. Miranda, Niloufar Mollasalehi, May Khanna

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Transactive response DNA binding protein (TDP-43) is a key player in neurodegenerative diseases. In this review, we have gathered and presented structural information on the different regions of TDP-43 with high resolution structures available. A thorough understanding of TDP-43 structure, effect of modifications, aggregation and sites of localization is necessary as we develop therapeutic strategies targeting TDP-43 for neurodegenerative diseases. We discuss how different domains as well as post-translational modification may influence TDP-43 overall structure, aggregation and droplet formation. The primary aim of the review is to utilize structural insights as we develop an understanding of the deleterious behavior of TDP-43 and highlight locations of established and proposed post-translation modifications. TDP-43 structure and effect on localization is paralleled by many RNA-binding proteins and this review serves as an example of how structure may be modulated by numerous compounding elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number301
JournalFrontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
StatePublished - Dec 17 2019


  • RRM domain
  • TDP-43 = TAR DNA–binding protein 43
  • post-translational modification
  • structure
  • subdomains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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