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.
Selective autophagy is essential for maintaining cellular homeostasis. Using in vitro reconstitution, the authors explored the details of mitophagy initiation from autophagy receptor engagement through LC3 lipidation. They found that the core machinery engaged during mitophagy depends on different autophagy receptors, but LC3 lipidation is a universal feature. View preprint.
TBK1 mutations are linked to neurodegenerative disorders. The authors explored how TBK1 functions in PINK1/Parkin-dependent mitophagy and how mutations lead to disease. They found that TBK1 recruitment and kinase activity contributed to the clearance of damaged mitochondria (mitophagy). Further, they showed that TBK1 presence alone could disrupt the mitochondrial network. View preprint.