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Methods Mol Biol ; 2043: 93-104, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31463905


Reelin is a large secreted protein that is essential for the brain development and function. Reelin is negatively regulated by the specific cleavage by a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 motifs 3 (ADAMTS-3) which is also secreted from neurons. It is likely that there are other proteases that can cleave Reelin. This chapter describes the protocol for expression and handling of recombinant Reelin and ADAMTS-3 proteins to facilitate investigation of these proteins.

Methods Mol Biol ; 2043: 105-111, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31463906


Proteolytic cleavage of the secreted signaling protein Reelin has been suggested to play causative roles in many neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. Therefore, characterization of the proteolytic activity against Reelin is important not only for understanding how the brain works but also for the development of novel therapy for these disorders. Notably, ADAMTS family proteases are the primary suspects of Reelin-cleaving proteases under many, though not all, circumstances. Here we describe how to measure the Reelin-cleaving activity of ADAMTS (or of any other protease that may cleave Reelin), how to purify the Reelin-cleaving protease ADAMTS-3 from the culture supernatant of cortical neurons, and how to detect endogenous Reelin protein and its fragments in the brain.

Mol Cell Neurosci ; 100: 103401, 2019 Sep 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31491533


Reelin plays important roles in regulating neuronal development, modulating synaptic function, and counteracting amyloid ß toxicity. A specific proteolytic cleavage (N-t cleavage) of Reelin abolishes its biological activity. We recently identified ADAMTS-3 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 3) as the major N-t cleavage enzyme in the embryonic and early postnatal brain. The contribution of other proteases, particularly in the postnatal brain, has not been demonstrated in vivo. ADAMTS-2, -3 and -14 share similar domain structures and substrate specificity, raising the possibility that ADAMTS-2 and -14 may cleave Reelin. We found that recombinant ADAMTS-2 protein expressed in cultured cell lines cleaves Reelin at the N-t site as efficiently as ADAMTS-3 while recombinant ADAMTS-14 hardly cleaves Reelin. The disintegrin domain is necessary for the Reelin-cleaving activity of ADAMTS-2 and -3. ADAMTS-2 is expressed in the adult brain at approximately the same level as ADAMTS-3. We generated ADAMTS-2 knockout (KO) mice and found that ADAMTS-2 significantly contributes to the N-t cleavage and inactivation of Reelin in the postnatal cerebral cortex and hippocampus, but much less in the cerebellum. Therefore, it was suggested that ADAMTS-2 can be a therapeutic target for adult brain disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

Biol Pharm Bull ; 42(3): 354-356, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30828067


Reelin is a secreted protein that antagonizes the deposition and toxicity of amyloid ß peptide (Aß). Therefore, augmentation of Reelin activity may ameliorate Alzheimer's disease (AD). We have recently reported that a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs 3 (ADAMTS-3) cleaves and inactivates Reelin in the mouse brain. In the present study, we investigated the effect of reducing ADAMTS-3 on deposition of Aß by crossbreeding drug-inducible ADAMTS-3 conditional knock-out (cKO) mice with "next-generation" AD model mice. We found that reducing ADAMTS-3 inhibited deposition of Aß significantly in AppNL-F mice, which produce human wild-type Aß. On the other hand, reducing ADAMTS-3 had no effect in AppNL-G-F mice, which produce the Arctic mutant Aß (E22G) that forms protofibrils more efficiently than does wild-type Aß. Thus, the findings suggest that the administration of an inhibitor against ADAMTS-3 will prevent the progression of AD pathology caused by deposition of wild-type Aß.

Proteínas ADAMTS/metabolismo , Peptídeos beta-Amiloides/metabolismo , Precursor de Proteína beta-Amiloide/genética , Proteínas ADAMTS/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas ADAMTS/genética , Doença de Alzheimer , Animais , Moléculas de Adesão Celular Neuronais/genética , Moléculas de Adesão Celular Neuronais/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/genética , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos Transgênicos , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/genética , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo
J Neurosci ; 37(12): 3181-3191, 2017 03 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28213441


The secreted glycoprotein Reelin regulates embryonic brain development and adult brain functions. It has been suggested that reduced Reelin activity contributes to the pathogenesis of several neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease; however, noninvasive methods that can upregulate Reelin activity in vivo have yet to be developed. We previously found that the proteolytic cleavage of Reelin within Reelin repeat 3 (N-t site) abolishes Reelin activity in vitro, but it remains controversial as to whether this effect occurs in vivo Here we partially purified the enzyme that mediates the N-t cleavage of Reelin from the culture supernatant of cerebral cortical neurons. This enzyme was identified as a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs-3 (ADAMTS-3). Recombinant ADAMTS-3 cleaved Reelin at the N-t site. ADAMTS-3 was expressed in excitatory neurons in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus. N-t cleavage of Reelin was markedly decreased in the embryonic cerebral cortex of ADAMTS-3 knock-out (KO) mice. Importantly, the amount of Dab1 and the phosphorylation level of Tau, which inversely correlate with Reelin activity, were significantly decreased in the cerebral cortex of ADAMTS-3 KO mice. Conditional KO mice, in which ADAMTS-3 was deficient only in the excitatory neurons of the forebrain, showed increased dendritic branching and elongation in the postnatal cerebral cortex. Our study shows that ADAMTS-3 is the major enzyme that cleaves and inactivates Reelin in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus. Therefore, inhibition of ADAMTS-3 may be an effective treatment for neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT ADAMTS-3 was identified as the protease that cleaves and inactivates Reelin in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus. ADAMTS-3 was expressed in the excitatory neurons of the embryonic and postnatal cerebral cortex and hippocampus. Cleavage by ADAMTS-3 is the major contributor of Reelin inactivation in vivo Tau phosphorylation was decreased and dendritic branching and elongation was increased in ADAMTS-3-deficient mice. Therefore, inhibition of ADAMTS-3 upregulates Reelin activity and may be a potential therapeutic strategy for the prevention or treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

Proteínas ADAMTS/metabolismo , Moléculas de Adesão Celular Neuronais/metabolismo , Córtex Cerebral/metabolismo , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Hipocampo/metabolismo , Proteínas do Tecido Nervoso/metabolismo , Neurônios/metabolismo , Pró-Colágeno N-Endopeptidase/metabolismo , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/fisiologia , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Ativação Enzimática , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Camundongos Knockout , Ligação Proteica