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Myelination SIGNED

Cell biology of myelin wrapping, plasticity and turnover

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Project "Myelination" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Arcisstrasse 21
postcode: 80333

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙872˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙872˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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 Project objective

The myelin sheath is a plasma membrane extension that is laid down in regular spaced segments along axons of the nervous system. In the central nervous system it is formed by oligodendrocytes that spirally wrap their plasma membrane around axons to generate a highly abundant, tightly packed stack of membranes with unique structural properties. Previously, myelin has been regarded as an inert and purely insulating membrane, but it now appears that myelin is metabolically active, providing metabolic support to the underlying axon and participating in information processing by modulating velocity and synchronicity of nerve impulses in neuronal networks. In addition, myelination is not limited to the period of early post-natal development, but continuous into adulthood where it appears to be regulated by neuronal stimuli. This paradigm shift should be fuelled by new knowledge about myelin biology. Here, we plan to fill this gap by addressing the molecular basis of myelin growth, plasticity and remodelling. We will determine the factors that determine whether and to what extent an axon will be myelinated or not, the forces that drive myelin around the axon, the structural basis of myelin plasticity and the mechanisms of myelin turnover in the adult. We will test the hypothesis that microglia actively participate in myelin turnover by taking up myelin fragments that pinch off from the myelin sheath. To realize these aims we plan to pursue an integrative and multidisciplinary approach by bringing together genetics, biochemistry, proteomics and imaging in various model systems. The innovation arises from the combination of high-resolution imaging with molecular approaches in different cell types to obtain a unifying mechanistic understanding of myelin formation, maintenance and degradation. If successful, the project would not only explain how myelin is generated during brain development, but also give insight into how myelin plasticity could fine-tune neuronal networks.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Shima Safaiyan, Nirmal Kannaiyan, Nicolas Snaidero, Simone Brioschi, Knut Biber, Simon Yona, Aimee L Edinger, Steffen Jung, Moritz J Rossner, Mikael Simons
Age-related myelin degradation burdens the clearance function of microglia during aging
published pages: 995-998, ISSN: 1097-6256, DOI: 10.1038/nn.4325
Nature Neuroscience 19/8 2019-05-31
2018 Ludovico Cantuti-Castelvetri, Dirk Fitzner, Mar Bosch-Queralt, Marie-Theres Weil, Minhui Su, Paromita Sen, Torben Ruhwedel, Miso Mitkovski, George Trendelenburg, Dieter Lütjohann, Wiebke Möbius, Mikael Simons
Defective cholesterol clearance limits remyelination in the aged central nervous system
published pages: eaan4183, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4183
Science 2019-05-31
2017 Nicolas Snaidero, Caroline Velte, Matti Myllykoski, Arne Raasakka, Alexander Ignatev, Hauke B. Werner, Michelle S. Erwig, Wiebke Möbius, Petri Kursula, Klaus-Armin Nave, Mikael Simons
Antagonistic Functions of MBP and CNP Establish Cytosolic Channels in CNS Myelin
published pages: 314-323, ISSN: 2211-1247, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.12.053
Cell Reports 18/2 2019-05-31
2017 Maryam K. Fard, Franziska van der Meer, Paula Sánchez, Ludovico Cantuti-Castelvetri, Sunit Mandad, Sarah Jäkel, Eugenio F. Fornasiero, Sebastian Schmitt, Marc Ehrlich, Laura Starost, Tanja Kuhlmann, Christina Sergiou, Verena Schultz, Claudia Wrzos, Wolfgang Brück, Henning Urlaub, Leda Dimou, Christine Stadelmann, Mikael Simons
BCAS1 expression defines a population of early myelinating oligodendrocytes in multiple sclerosis lesions
published pages: eaam7816, ISSN: 1946-6234, DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aam7816
Science Translational Medicine 9/419 2019-05-31
2016 Marie-Theres Weil, Wiebke Möbius, Anne Winkler, Torben Ruhwedel, Claudia Wrzos, Elisa Romanelli, Jeffrey L. Bennett, Lukas Enz, Norbert Goebels, Klaus-Armin Nave, Martin Kerschensteiner, Nicole Schaeren-Wiemers, Christine Stadelmann, Mikael Simons
Loss of Myelin Basic Protein Function Triggers Myelin Breakdown in Models of Demyelinating Diseases
published pages: 314-322, ISSN: 2211-1247, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.06.008
Cell Reports 16/2 2019-05-31

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