A key pathological feature of neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the accumulation of aggregated and misfolded protein aggregates with limited effective therapeutic agents. TFEB (transcription factor EB), a key regulator of lysosomal biogenesis and autophagy, plays a pivotal role in the degradation of protein aggregates and has thus been regarded as a promising therapeutic target for these NDs. Here, we systematically summarize the molecular mechanisms and function of TFEB regulation. We then discuss the roles of TFEB and autophagy-lysosome pathways in major neurodegenerative diseases including AD and PD. Finally, we illustrate small molecule TFEB activators with protective roles in NDs animal models, which show great potential for being further developed into novel anti-neurodegenerative agents. Overall, targeting TFEB for enhancing lysosomal biogenesis and autophagy may represent a promising opportunity for the discovery of disease-modifying therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders though more in-depth basic and clinical studies are required in the future.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Aging and Disease|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Dec 2022|
- TFEB (transcription factor EB)
- neurodegenerative disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease