ASAP is committed to accelerating the pace of discovery and informing a path to a cure for Parkinson’s disease through collaboration, research-enabling resources, and data sharing. We’ve created this catalog to showcase the research outputs and tools developed by ASAP-funded programs.


“LRRK2 phosphorylation of Rab GTPases in Parkinson’s disease”

Review: This paper highlights new findings related to LRRK2-mediated phosphorylation of Rab GTPases and their consequences.

Lab Resource

“Plasmid vector encoding a sgRNA sequence which targets the human KAT8 promoter for CRISPRi, under a U6 promoter and a mApple fluorescent reporter. Generated by Vectorbuilder in the pLV[Exp] backbone.”

Plasmid vector encoding a sgRNA sequence which targets the human PINK1 promoter for CRISPRi, under a U6 promoter and a mApple fluorescent reporter.
Generated by Vectorbuilder in the pLV[Exp] backbone.


17q21.31 sub-haplotypes underlying H1-associated risk for Parkinson’s disease are associated with LRRC37A/2 expression in astrocytes

Published: This paper examines the H1 haplotype of the MAPT 17q.21.31 locus to better understand its contribution to PD. The authors found three novel H1 sub-haplotype blocks across the 17q.21.31 locus that is associated with PD risk.




This protocol details the procedure of Correlative Light Microscopy and Electron Microscopy (CLEM) with 3D Focus Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy (FIBSEM) technique in Zeiss Crossbeam 550 FIBSEM system.


3D-correlative FIB-milling and Cryo-ET of Autophagic structures in Yeast Cells

This protocol describes how to plunge-freeze yeast on EM grids and how to target autophagic structures by combining cryo confocal fluorescence data to FIB-milling and tomogram acquisition.

Blog Post

A Blueprint for Training and Development in GP2

This blog written by Dr. Alastair Noyce and Dr. Sara Bandres-Ciga discusses GP2’s plan to train students and investigators and the new considerations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


A combined cell and gene therapy approach for homotopic reconstruction of midbrain dopamine pathways using human pluripotent stem cells

These results demonstrate the remarkable capacity for achieving functional and anatomically precise reconstruction of long-distance circuitry in the adult brain by matching appropriate growth-factor signaling to grafting of specific cell types.


A feed-forward pathway drives LRRK2 kinase membrane recruitment and apparent activation

Published: Mutations in LRRK2 that cause PD activate its kinase activity. These activating mutations of LRRK2 phosphorylate Rab GTPases. The authors define two binding sites on LRRK2 that deliver it to the surfaces of specific intracellular membranes, and then retain it there after an initial phosphorylation event. View original preprint here.


A fluorescence-based in vitro scrambling assay for yeast MCP1 and human XK

Detailed procedure of purification, reconstitution, and scrambling assay for both MCP1 and XK.

Blog Post

A letter to the patient community from Randy Schekman, ASAP Scientific Director

This blog written by Dr. Randy Schekman and Benjamin Stecher describes the motivation and beginnings of the ASAP initiative. It also includes a letter written to the PD comunity by Dr. Schekman.


A Markov random field model-based approach for differentially expressed gene detection from single-cell RNA-seq data

The MARBLES, a Markov Random Field model-based approach for differentially expressed gene detection from scRNA-seq data can capture cell-type relationships and account for sample variation by modeling cell-type-specific pseudobulk data. The authors used simulation results to compare this approach to existing methods from two scRNA-seq datasets.


A mono- and intralink filter (mi-filter) to reduce false identifications in cross-linking mass spectrometry data

The authors show that this simple and intuitive filter has a dramatic effect on different types of cross-linking data ranging from individual protein complexes over medium-complexity affinity enrichments to proteome-wide cell lysates and significantly reduces the number of false-positive identifications for inter-protein links in all these types of XL-MS data.


A possible role for VPS13-family proteins in bulk lipid transfer, membrane expansion, and organelle biogenesis.

Review: This review focuses on the structure and function of the VPS13 family of proteins and discusses the prevailing hypthoses in the field regarding its role in lipid transport.


A prebiotic diet modulates microglia response and motor deficits in α-synuclein overexpressing mice (Dataset)

These studies uncover a novel microglia-dependent interaction between diet and motor symptoms in mice, findings that may have implications for neuroinflammation and PD.