QBRI Study Advances Neurological Disorder Research

QBRI Uncovers Significant Role of Lipid Molecules in Neurological Disorders

13 Jun 2024

Dr. Yongsoo Park and his team
Dr. Yongsoo Park and his team

A new study from the Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) demonstrates significant progress in understanding how lipids regulate vesicle fusion, a process essential for biological functions, including nerve signal transmission and hormone release. Led by Dr. Yongsoo Park, his team at QBRI’s Neurological Disorders Research Center, published its novel findings in the journal ACS Nano with an Impact Factor of 17.1 and featured on its supplementary cover.

Dr. Park's research explores the pivotal role of lipid metabolism, particularly focusing on the reduction of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). A crucial regulator of cell signaling and membrane trafficking, PIP2 emerges as a central player in various neurological diseases. The research highlights the crucial role of PIP2 in regulating neurotransmitter release.

Understanding the role of PIP2 in vesicle fusion helps scientists understand how cells communicate and transport neurotransmitters and hormones. This knowledge is crucial for developing new treatments for diseases related to cell transport issues, such as certain neurological disorders.

This study lays the groundwork for further research into the mechanisms of vesicle fusion. Ongoing research is exploring how to manipulate PIP2-mediated vesicle fusion to treat diseases. This research opens up new possibilities for innovative therapies that could improve health outcomes for many conditions that include neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Park's collaborative efforts with Dr. Said Mansour, Director of the HBKU Core Labs, epitomizes the strength of interdisciplinary approaches in biomedical research across HBKU and underscores QBRI's commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in addressing complex medical challenges.

This work not only deepens knowledge of cellular processes but also aligns with QBRI's wider goal of advancing biomedical research to transform healthcare. By continuing to explore these mechanisms, QBRI aims to develop therapies that address a broad spectrum of diseases, ultimately improving health outcomes on a global scale.

Full article can be found here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.3c09614