Fernandes AC, Uytterhoeven V, Kuenen S, Wang YC, Slabbaert JR, Swerts J, Kasprowicz J, Aerts S, Verstreken P. Reduced synaptic vesicle protein degradation at lysosomes curbs TBC1D24/sky-induced neurodegeneration. J Cell Biol. 2014 Nov 24;207(4):453-62. PMID: 25422373; PMCID: PMC4242831.
From the abstract: “Synaptic demise and accumulation of dysfunctional proteins are thought of as common features in neurodegeneration. ... we study Drosophila melanogaster lacking active TBC1D24/Skywalker (Sky), a protein that in humans causes severe neurodegeneration, epilepsy, and DOOR (deafness, onychdystrophy, osteodystrophy, and mental retardation) syndrome, and identify endosome-to-lysosome trafficking as a mechanism for degradation of synaptic vesicle-associated proteins. ... Our findings ... identify a potential strategy to suppress defects arising from TBC1D24 mutations in humans.”