Reducing presenilin 1 expression counteracts the cytotoxicity of full-length Ryk overexpression in mutant htt striatal cells.

<p>Assays were performed using caspase 3/7 activity in cells subjected to serum deprivation. (A) PS1 and PS2 siRNA treatment enhances the viability of mutant htt striatal cells. Data are mean ± SD (<i>n</i> = 3), *<i>p</i><0.01 compared to scramble RNA. Significance was tested using one-way ANOVA, with correction for multiple testing by Tukey's Multiple Comparison Test. (B) Representative Western blots showing decreased levels of PS1/PS2. (C) Knockdown of PS1 reduces the cytotoxic effects of overexpressing full-length Ryk in mutant htt striatal cells, with no effect detected on the cytotoxic effects of overexpressing Ryk-ICD. Data are mean ± SD (<i>n</i> = 4), *<i>p</i><0.05 and **<i>p</i><0.01 compared to scramble RNA. Significance was tested using one-way ANOVA, with correction for multiple testing by Tukey's Multiple Comparison Test. EV, empty vector; ns, not significant. (D) Representative Western blots showing decreased levels of PS1 and expression of Myc-tagged Ryk species and Myc-tagged Ryk-ICD. *Nonspecific signal.</p>