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The understudied links of the retromer complex to age-related pathways
GeroScience  (IF7.713),  Pub Date : 2021-08-09, DOI: 10.1007/s11357-021-00430-1
Wilson, Kenneth A.

Neuronal aging is associated with numerous diseases resulting in memory impairment and functional decline. A common hallmark of these disorders is the accumulation of intracellular and extracellular protein aggregates. The retromer complex plays a central role in sorting proteins by marking them for reuse rather than degradation. Retromer dysfunction has been shown to induce protein aggregates and neurodegeneration, suggesting that it may be important for age-related neuronal decline and disease progression. Despite this, little is known about how aging influences retromer stability and the proteins with which it interacts. Detailed insights into age-dependent changes in retromer structure and function could provide valuable information towards treating and preventing many age-related neurodegenerative disorders. Here, we visit age-related pathways which interact with retromer function that ought to be further explored to determine its role in age-related neurodegeneration.