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Viruses ; 13(8)2021 07 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34452352

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the causative agent of the coronavirus disease-19 pandemic. One of the key components of the coronavirus replication complex are the RNA methyltransferases (MTases), RNA-modifying enzymes crucial for RNA cap formation. Recently, the structure of the 2'-O MTase has become available; however, its biological characterization within the infected cells remains largely elusive. Here, we report a novel monoclonal antibody directed against the SARS-CoV-2 non-structural protein nsp10, a subunit of both the 2'-O RNA and N7 MTase protein complexes. Using this antibody, we investigated the subcellular localization of the SARS-CoV-2 MTases in cells infected with the SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
COVID-19/virologia , Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Capuzes de RNA/genética , RNA Viral/genética , SARS-CoV-2/enzimologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais Reguladoras e Acessórias/metabolismo , Anticorpos Monoclonais/análise , Humanos , Metiltransferases/análise , Metiltransferases/genética , Transporte Proteico , Capuzes de RNA/metabolismo , RNA Viral/metabolismo , SARS-CoV-2/química , SARS-CoV-2/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/análise , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais Reguladoras e Acessórias/análise , Proteínas Virais Reguladoras e Acessórias/genética
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Structure ; 29(8): 781-782, 2021 08 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34358463

RESUMO

The bacterial Sec translocase transports unfolded proteins across membranes. In this issue of Structure, Krishnamurthy et al. (2021) report a nexus of conformational dynamics in the translocase motor protein, SecA. Their findings shed light on the Sec activation mechanism and suggest a general role for multi-level dynamics in protein functions.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras , Adenosina Trifosfatases/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/genética , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Transporte Proteico , Canais de Translocação SEC/genética , Proteínas SecA
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(16)2021 Aug 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34445636

RESUMO

The Drosophila eye has been used extensively to study numerous aspects of biological systems, for example, spatio-temporal regulation of differentiation, visual signal transduction, protein trafficking and neurodegeneration. Right from the advent of fluorescent proteins (FPs) near the end of the millennium, heterologously expressed fusion proteins comprising FPs have been applied in Drosophila vision research not only for subcellular localization of proteins but also for genetic screens and analysis of photoreceptor function. Here, we summarize applications for FPs used in the Drosophila eye as part of genetic screens, to study rhodopsin expression patterns, subcellular protein localization, membrane protein transport or as genetically encoded biosensors for Ca2+ and phospholipids in vivo. We also discuss recently developed FPs that are suitable for super-resolution or correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) approaches. Illustrating the possibilities provided by using FPs in Drosophila photoreceptors may aid research in other sensory or neuronal systems that have not yet been studied as well as the Drosophila eye.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila/metabolismo , Proteínas Luminescentes/metabolismo , Células Fotorreceptoras de Invertebrados/metabolismo , Vias Visuais/metabolismo , Animais , Transporte Proteico
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J Gen Virol ; 102(8)2021 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34424155

RESUMO

Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) is an economically important coronavirus, causing damaging losses to the poultry industry worldwide as the causative agent of infectious bronchitis. The coronavirus spike (S) glycoprotein is a large type I membrane protein protruding from the surface of the virion, which facilitates attachment and entry into host cells. The IBV S protein is cleaved into two subunits, S1 and S2, the latter of which has been identified as a determinant of cellular tropism. Recent studies expressing coronavirus S proteins in mammalian and insect cells have identified a high level of glycosylation on the protein's surface. Here we used IBV propagated in embryonated hens' eggs to explore the glycan profile of viruses derived from infection in cells of the natural host, chickens. We identified multiple glycan types on the surface of the protein and found a strain-specific dependence on complex glycans for recognition of the S2 subunit by a monoclonal antibody in vitro, with no effect on viral replication following the chemical inhibition of complex glycosylation. Virus neutralization by monoclonal or polyclonal antibodies was not affected. Following analysis of predicted glycosylation sites for the S protein of four IBV strains, we confirmed glycosylation at 18 sites by mass spectrometry for the pathogenic laboratory strain M41-CK. Further characterization revealed heterogeneity among the glycans present at six of these sites, indicating a difference in the glycan profile of individual S proteins on the IBV virion. These results demonstrate a non-specific role for complex glycans in IBV replication, with an indication of an involvement in antibody recognition but not neutralisation.


Assuntos
Coronavirus/fisiologia , Polissacarídeos/metabolismo , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Alcaloides/química , Alcaloides/farmacologia , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sítios de Ligação , Células Cultivadas , Cromatografia Líquida , Biologia Computacional/métodos , Coronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/veterinária , Regulação Viral da Expressão Gênica , Glicosilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Vírus da Bronquite Infecciosa/fisiologia , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Peso Molecular , Testes de Neutralização , Oligossacarídeos/química , Oligossacarídeos/metabolismo , Polissacarídeos/química , Doenças das Aves Domésticas/virologia , Transporte Proteico , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização por Electrospray , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(15)2021 Jul 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34360830

RESUMO

Photoreceptors are highly compartmentalized cells with large amounts of proteins synthesized in the inner segment (IS) and transported to the outer segment (OS) and synaptic terminal. Tulp1 is a photoreceptor-specific protein localized to the IS and synapse. In the absence of Tulp1, several OS-specific proteins are mislocalized and synaptic vesicle recycling is impaired. To better understand the involvement of Tulp1 in protein trafficking, our approach in the current study was to physically isolate Tulp1-containing photoreceptor compartments by serial tangential sectioning of retinas and to identify compartment-specific Tulp1 binding partners by immunoprecipitation followed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Our results indicate that Tulp1 has two distinct interactomes. We report the identification of: (1) an IS-specific interaction between Tulp1 and the motor protein Kinesin family member 3a (Kif3a), (2) a synaptic-specific interaction between Tulp1 and the scaffold protein Ribeye, and (3) an interaction between Tulp1 and the cytoskeletal protein microtubule-associated protein 1B (MAP1B) in both compartments. Immunolocalization studies in the wild-type retina indicate that Tulp1 and its binding partners co-localize to their respective compartments. Our observations are compatible with Tulp1 functioning in protein trafficking in multiple photoreceptor compartments, likely as an adapter molecule linking vesicles to molecular motors and the cytoskeletal scaffold.


Assuntos
Oxirredutases do Álcool/metabolismo , Proteínas Correpressoras/metabolismo , Proteínas do Olho/metabolismo , Cinesina/metabolismo , Proteínas Associadas aos Microtúbulos/metabolismo , Células Fotorreceptoras de Vertebrados/metabolismo , Transporte Proteico , Animais , Cromatografia Líquida , Cílios , Proteínas do Olho/genética , Imunoprecipitação , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Ligação Proteica , Proteômica , Ratos , Sinapses , Espectrometria de Massas em Tandem
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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 5016, 2021 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34408138

RESUMO

DNA damage prompts a diverse range of alterations to the chromatin landscape. The RNF168 E3 ubiquitin ligase catalyzes the mono-ubiquitination of histone H2A at lysine (K)13/15 (mUb-H2A), forming a binding module for DNA repair proteins. BRCA1 promotes homologous recombination (HR), in part, through its interaction with PALB2, and the formation of a larger BRCA1-PALB2-BRCA2-RAD51 (BRCA1-P) complex. The mechanism by which BRCA1-P is recruited to chromatin surrounding DNA breaks is unclear. In this study, we reveal that an RNF168-governed signaling pathway is responsible for localizing the BRCA1-P complex to DNA damage. Using mice harboring a Brca1CC (coiled coil) mutation that blocks the Brca1-Palb2 interaction, we uncovered an epistatic relationship between Rnf168- and Brca1CC alleles, which disrupted development, and reduced the efficiency of Palb2-Rad51 localization. Mechanistically, we show that RNF168-generated mUb-H2A recruits BARD1 through a BRCT domain ubiquitin-dependent recruitment motif (BUDR). Subsequently, BARD1-BRCA1 accumulate PALB2-RAD51 at DNA breaks via the CC domain-mediated BRCA1-PALB2 interaction. Together, these findings establish a series of molecular interactions that connect the DNA damage signaling and HR repair machinery.


Assuntos
Proteína BRCA1/metabolismo , Dano ao DNA , Proteína do Grupo de Complementação N da Anemia de Fanconi/metabolismo , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/metabolismo , Ubiquitina-Proteína Ligases/metabolismo , Animais , Proteína BRCA1/genética , Núcleo Celular/genética , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , DNA/genética , DNA/metabolismo , Proteína do Grupo de Complementação N da Anemia de Fanconi/genética , Histonas/genética , Histonas/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Ligação Proteica , Transporte Proteico , Rad51 Recombinase/genética , Rad51 Recombinase/metabolismo , Reparo de DNA por Recombinação , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Ubiquitina-Proteína Ligases/genética , Ubiquitinação
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(16)2021 Aug 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34445495

RESUMO

As the most common gene mutation found in cancers, p53 mutations are detected in up to 96% of high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma (HGSOC). Meanwhile, mutant p53 overexpression is known to drive oncogenic phenotypes in cancer patients and to sustain the activation of EGFR signaling. Previously, we have demonstrated that the combined inhibition of EGFR and MDM2-p53 pathways, by gefitinib and JNJ-26854165, exerts a strong synergistic lethal effect on HGSOC cells. In this study, we investigated whether the gain-of-function p53 mutation (p53R248Q) overexpression could affect EGFR-related signaling and the corresponding drug inhibition outcome in HGSOC. The targeted inhibition responses of gefitinib and JNJ-26854165, in p53R248Q-overexpressing cells, were extensively evaluated. We found that the phosphorylation of AKT increased when p53R248Q was transiently overexpressed. Immunocytochemistry analysis further showed that upon p53R248Q overexpression, several AKT-related regulatory proteins translocated in unique intracellular patterns. Subsequent analysis revealed that, under the combined inhibition of gefitinib and JNJ-26854165, the cytonuclear trafficking of EGFR and MDM2 was disrupted. Next, we analyzed the gefitinib and JNJ-26854165 responses and found differential sensitivity to the single- or combined-drug inhibitions in p53R248Q-overexpressing cells. Our findings suggested that the R248Q mutation of p53 in HGSOC caused significant changes in signaling protein function and trafficking, under EGFR/MDM2-targeted inhibition. Such knowledge could help to advance our understanding of the role of mutant p53 in ovarian carcinoma and to improve the prognosis of patients receiving EGFR/MDM2-targeted therapies.


Assuntos
Carcinoma Epitelial do Ovário/genética , Cistadenocarcinoma Seroso/genética , Mutação com Ganho de Função , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/genética , Regulação para Cima , Carcinoma Epitelial do Ovário/tratamento farmacológico , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Cistadenocarcinoma Seroso/tratamento farmacológico , Receptores ErbB/antagonistas & inibidores , Feminino , Gefitinibe/farmacologia , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Transporte Proteico/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-mdm2/antagonistas & inibidores , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Triptaminas/farmacologia
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Molecules ; 26(16)2021 Aug 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34443505

RESUMO

Sulforaphane (SFN), an isothiocyanate (ITCs) derived from glucosinolate that is found in cruciferous vegetables, has been reported to exert a promising anticancer effect in a substantial amount of scientific research. However, epidemical studies showed inconsistencies between cruciferous vegetable intake and bladder cancer risk. In this study, human bladder cancer T24 cells were used as in vitro model for revealing the inhibitory effect and its potential mechanism of SFN on cell growth. Here, a low dose of SFN (2.5 µM) was shown to promote cell proliferation (5.18-11.84%) and migration in T24 cells, whilst high doses of SFN (>10 µM) inhibited cell growth significantly. The induction effect of SFN on nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) expression at both low (2.5 µM) and high dose (10 µM) was characterized by a bell-shaped curve. Nrf2 and glutathione (GSH) might be the underlying mechanism in the effect of SFN on T24 cell growth since Nrf2 siRNA and GSH-depleting agent L-Buthionine-sulfoximine abolished the effect of SFN on cell proliferation. In summary, the inhibitory effect of SFN on bladder cancer cell growth and migration is highly dependent on Nrf2-mediated GSH depletion and following production. These findings suggested that a higher dose of SFN is required for the prevention and treatment of bladder cancer.


Assuntos
Glutationa/metabolismo , Isotiocianatos/farmacologia , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Sulfóxidos/farmacologia , Neoplasias da Bexiga Urinária/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Bexiga Urinária/patologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Glucuronosiltransferase/metabolismo , Glutamato-Cisteína Ligase/metabolismo , Humanos , Modelos Biológicos , Transporte Proteico/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias da Bexiga Urinária/enzimologia
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Molecules ; 26(16)2021 Aug 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34443374

RESUMO

The activation of NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T cells) transcription factors by calcium-dependent phosphatase calcineurin is a key step in controlling T cell activation and plays a vital role during carcinogenesis. NFATs are overexpressed in many cancers, including the most common primary brain tumor, gliomas. In the present study, we demonstrate the expression of NFATs and NFAT-driven transcription in several human glioma cells. We used a VIVIT peptide for interference in calcineurin binding to NFAT via a conserved PxIxIT motif. VIVIT was expressed as a fusion protein with a green fluorescent protein (VIVIT-GFP) or conjugated to cell-penetrating peptides (CPP), Sim-2 or 11R. We analyzed the NFAT expression, phosphorylation, subcellular localization and their transcriptional activity in cells treated with peptides. Overexpression of VIVIT-GFP decreased the NFAT-driven activity and inhibited the transcription of endogenous NFAT-target genes. These effects were not reproduced with synthetic peptides: Sim2-VIVIT did not show any activity, and 11R-VIVIT did not inhibit NFAT signaling in glioma cells. The presence of two calcineurin docking sites in NFATc3 might require dual-specificity blocking peptides. The cell-penetrating peptides Sim-2 or 11R linked to VIVIT did not improve its action making it unsuitable for evaluating NFAT dependent events in glioma cells with high expression of NFATc3.


Assuntos
Neoplasias Encefálicas/patologia , Calcineurina/metabolismo , Glioma/patologia , Fatores de Transcrição NFATC/metabolismo , Oligopeptídeos/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Fatores de Transcrição Hélice-Alça-Hélice Básicos/metabolismo , Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Núcleo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Peptídeos Penetradores de Células/farmacologia , Glioma/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Humanos , Fatores de Transcrição NFATC/química , Oligopeptídeos/química , Peptídeos/farmacologia , Transporte Proteico/efeitos dos fármacos , Transcrição Genética/efeitos dos fármacos
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FASEB J ; 35(9): e21742, 2021 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34403506

RESUMO

Withdrawal from contact inhibition is necessary for epithelial cancer precursor cells to initiate cell growth and motility. Nevertheless, little is understood about the mechanism for the sudden initiation of cell growth under static conditions. We focused on cellular junctions as one region where breaking out of contact inhibition occurs. In well-differentiated endometrial cancer cells, Sawano, the ligand administration for tricellular tight junction protein LSR, which transiently decreased the robust junction property, caused an abrupt increase in cell motility and consequent excessive multilayered cell growth despite being under contact inhibition conditions. We observed that macropinocytosis essentially and temporarily occurred as an antecedent event for the above process at intercellular junctions without disruption of the junction apparatus but not at the apical plasma membrane. Collectively, we concluded that the formation of macropinocytosis, which is derived from tight junction-mediated signaling, was triggered for the initiation of cell growth in static precancerous epithelium.


Assuntos
Adesão Celular , Inibição de Contato , Pinocitose , Receptores de Lipoproteínas/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Toxinas Bacterianas/farmacologia , Sítios de Ligação , Processos de Crescimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Junções Intercelulares/efeitos dos fármacos , Junções Intercelulares/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases JNK Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Fenótipo , Pinocitose/efeitos dos fármacos , Transporte Proteico , Vacúolos/efeitos dos fármacos , Vacúolos/metabolismo , Proteínas rac de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 4687, 2021 08 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34344901

RESUMO

Lipoproteins are important for bacterial growth and antibiotic resistance. These proteins use lipid acyl chains attached to the N-terminal cysteine residue to anchor on the outer surface of cytoplasmic membrane. In Gram-negative bacteria, many lipoproteins are transported to the outer membrane (OM), a process dependent on the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter LolCDE which extracts the OM-targeted lipoproteins from the cytoplasmic membrane. Lipid-anchored proteins pose a unique challenge for transport machinery as they have both hydrophobic lipid moieties and soluble protein component, and the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Here we determined the cryo-EM structures of nanodisc-embedded LolCDE in the nucleotide-free and nucleotide-bound states at 3.8-Å and 3.5-Å resolution, respectively. The structural analyses, together with biochemical and mutagenesis studies, uncover how LolCDE recognizes its substrate by interacting with the lipid and N-terminal peptide moieties of the lipoprotein, and identify the amide-linked acyl chain as the key element for LolCDE interaction. Upon nucleotide binding, the transmembrane helices and the periplasmic domains of LolCDE undergo large-scale, asymmetric movements, resulting in extrusion of the captured lipoprotein. Comparison of LolCDE and MacB reveals the conserved mechanism of type VII ABC transporters and emphasizes the unique properties of LolCDE as a molecule extruder of triacylated lipoproteins.


Assuntos
Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/metabolismo , Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/metabolismo , Lipoproteínas/metabolismo , Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/química , Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/genética , Acilação , Trifosfato de Adenosina/metabolismo , Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/química , Proteínas da Membrana Bacteriana Externa/genética , Sítios de Ligação , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Escherichia coli/genética , Escherichia coli/metabolismo , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Mutação , Periplasma/metabolismo , Conformação Proteica , Transporte Proteico
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(15)2021 Aug 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34361115

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DivIVA is a protein initially identified as a spatial regulator of cell division in the model organism Bacillus subtilis, but its homologues are present in many other Gram-positive bacteria, including Clostridia species. Besides its role as topological regulator of the Min system during bacterial cell division, DivIVA is involved in chromosome segregation during sporulation, genetic competence, and cell wall synthesis. DivIVA localizes to regions of high membrane curvature, such as the cell poles and cell division site, where it recruits distinct binding partners. Previously, it was suggested that negative curvature sensing is the main mechanism by which DivIVA binds to these specific regions. Here, we show that Clostridioides difficile DivIVA binds preferably to membranes containing negatively charged phospholipids, especially cardiolipin. Strikingly, we observed that upon binding, DivIVA modifies the lipid distribution and induces changes to lipid bilayers containing cardiolipin. Our observations indicate that DivIVA might play a more complex and so far unknown active role during the formation of the cell division septal membrane.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Cardiolipinas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Clostridioides difficile/metabolismo , Lipídeos de Membrana/metabolismo , Clostridioides difficile/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Transporte Proteico
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(15)2021 Jul 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34360547

RESUMO

Mitochondria are essential in eukaryotes. Besides producing 80% of total cellular ATP, mitochondria are involved in various cellular functions such as apoptosis, inflammation, innate immunity, stress tolerance, and Ca2+ homeostasis. Mitochondria are also the site for many critical metabolic pathways and are integrated into the signaling network to maintain cellular homeostasis under stress. Mitochondria require hundreds of proteins to perform all these functions. Since the mitochondrial genome only encodes a handful of proteins, most mitochondrial proteins are imported from the cytosol via receptor/translocase complexes on the mitochondrial outer and inner membranes known as TOMs and TIMs. Many of the subunits of these protein complexes are essential for cell survival in model yeast and other unicellular eukaryotes. Defects in the mitochondrial import machineries are also associated with various metabolic, developmental, and neurodegenerative disorders in multicellular organisms. In addition to their canonical functions, these protein translocases also help maintain mitochondrial structure and dynamics, lipid metabolism, and stress response. This review focuses on the role of Tim50, the receptor component of one of the TIM complexes, in different cellular functions, with an emphasis on the Tim50 homologue in parasitic protozoan Trypanosoma brucei.


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Homeostase , Mitocôndrias/enzimologia , Proteínas de Transporte da Membrana Mitocondrial/metabolismo , Trypanosoma brucei brucei/enzimologia , Animais , Humanos , Proteínas de Transporte da Membrana Mitocondrial/genética , Transporte Proteico
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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 4826, 2021 08 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34376696

RESUMO

Loss-of-function mutations in NEK1 gene, which encodes a serine/threonine kinase, are involved in human developmental disorders and ALS. Here we show that NEK1 regulates retromer-mediated endosomal trafficking by phosphorylating VPS26B. NEK1 deficiency disrupts endosomal trafficking of plasma membrane proteins and cerebral proteome homeostasis to promote mitochondrial and lysosomal dysfunction and aggregation of α-synuclein. The metabolic and proteomic defects of NEK1 deficiency disrupts the integrity of blood-brain barrier (BBB) by promoting lysosomal degradation of A20, a key modulator of RIPK1, thus sensitizing cerebrovascular endothelial cells to RIPK1-dependent apoptosis and necroptosis. Genetic inactivation of RIPK1 or metabolic rescue with ketogenic diet can prevent postnatal lethality and BBB damage in NEK1 deficient mice. Inhibition of RIPK1 reduces neuroinflammation and aggregation of α-synuclein in the brains of NEK1 deficient mice. Our study identifies a molecular mechanism by which retromer trafficking and metabolism regulates cerebrovascular integrity, cerebral proteome homeostasis and RIPK1-mediated neuroinflammation.


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Barreira Hematoencefálica/metabolismo , Glucose/metabolismo , Complexos Multiproteicos/metabolismo , Quinase 1 Relacionada a NIMA/metabolismo , Proteína Serina-Treonina Quinases de Interação com Receptores/metabolismo , Animais , Animais Recém-Nascidos , Linhagem Celular , Células Cultivadas , Citocinas/genética , Citocinas/metabolismo , Ativação Enzimática , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Microglia/citologia , Microglia/metabolismo , Quinase 1 Relacionada a NIMA/genética , Necroptose/genética , Fosforilação , Transporte Proteico , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Proteína Serina-Treonina Quinases de Interação com Receptores/genética , Proteínas de Transporte Vesicular/genética , Proteínas de Transporte Vesicular/metabolismo
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(12)2021 Jun 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34204426

RESUMO

The last decade has witnessed the identification of several families affected by hereditary non-syndromic hearing loss (NSHL) caused by mutations in the SMPX gene and the loss of function has been suggested as the underlying mechanism. In the attempt to confirm this hypothesis we generated an Smpx-deficient zebrafish model, pointing out its crucial role in proper inner ear development. Indeed, a marked decrease in the number of kinocilia together with structural alterations of the stereocilia and the kinocilium itself in the hair cells of the inner ear were observed. We also report the impairment of the mechanotransduction by the hair cells, making SMPX a potential key player in the construction of the machinery necessary for sound detection. This wealth of evidence provides the first possible explanation for hearing loss in SMPX-mutated patients. Additionally, we observed a clear muscular phenotype consisting of the defective organization and functioning of muscle fibers, strongly suggesting a potential role for the protein in the development of muscle fibers. This piece of evidence highlights the need for more in-depth analyses in search for possible correlations between SMPX mutations and muscular disorders in humans, thus potentially turning this non-syndromic hearing loss-associated gene into the genetic cause of dysfunctions characterized by more than one symptom, making SMPX a novel syndromic gene.


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Orelha Interna/embriologia , Orelha Interna/metabolismo , Proteínas Musculares/deficiência , Músculos/embriologia , Músculos/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia , Peixe-Zebra/genética , Animais , Desenvolvimento Embrionário , Imunofluorescência , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Células Ciliadas Auditivas/metabolismo , Mecanotransdução Celular/genética , Desenvolvimento Muscular/genética , Organogênese/genética , Fenótipo , Transporte Proteico
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(12)2021 Jun 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34204449

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We recently found that, in human osteoblasts, Homer1 complexes to Calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) and mediates AKT initiation via mechanistic target of rapamycin complex (mTOR) complex 2 (mTORC2) leading to beneficial effects in osteoblasts including ß-catenin stabilization and mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) activation. Herein we further investigated the relationship between Homer1 and CaSR and demonstrate a link between the protein levels of CaSR and Homer1 in human osteoblasts in primary culture. Thus, when siRNA was used to suppress the CaSR, we observed upregulated Homer1 levels, and when siRNA was used to suppress Homer1 we observed downregulated CaSR protein levels using immunofluorescence staining of cultured osteoblasts as well as Western blot analyses of cell protein extracts. This finding was confirmed in vivo as the bone cells from osteoblast specific CaSR-/- mice showed increased Homer1 expression compared to wild-type (wt). CaSR and Homer1 protein were both expressed in osteocytes embedded in the long bones of wt mice, and immunofluorescent studies of these cells revealed that Homer1 protein sub-cellular localization was markedly altered in the osteocytes of CaSR-/- mice compared to wt. The study identifies additional roles for Homer1 in the control of the protein level and subcellular localization of CaSR in cells of the osteoblast lineage, in addition to its established role of mTORC2 activation downstream of the receptor.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Arcabouço Homer/metabolismo , Alvo Mecanístico do Complexo 2 de Rapamicina/metabolismo , Osteoblastos/metabolismo , Receptores de Detecção de Cálcio/metabolismo , Animais , Cálcio/metabolismo , Linhagem da Célula , Sobrevivência Celular , Células Cultivadas , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Fosforilação , Ligação Proteica , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Receptores de Detecção de Cálcio/genética
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(12)2021 Jun 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34204499

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BACKGROUND: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an autosomal dominantly inherited cardiac disease characterized by "coved type" ST-segment elevation in the right precordial leads, high susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmia and a family history of sudden cardiac death. The SCN5A gene, encoding for the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.5, accounts for ~20-30% of BrS cases and is considered clinically relevant. METHODS: Here, we describe the clinical findings of two Italian families affected by BrS and provide the functional characterization of two novel SCN5A mutations, the missense variant Pro1310Leu and the in-frame insertion Gly1687_Ile1688insGlyArg. RESULTS: Despite being clinically different, both patients have a family history of sudden cardiac death and had history of arrhythmic events. The Pro1310Leu mutation significantly reduced peak sodium current density without affecting channel membrane localization. Changes in the gating properties of expressed Pro1310Leu channel likely account for the loss-of-function phenotype. On the other hand, Gly1687_Ile1688insGlyArg channel, identified in a female patient, yielded a nearly undetectable sodium current. Following mexiletine incubation, the Gly1687_Ile1688insGlyArg channel showed detectable, albeit very small, currents and biophysical properties similar to those of the Nav1.5 wild-type channel. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, our results suggest that the degree of loss-of-function shown by the two Nav1.5 mutant channels correlates with the aggressive clinical phenotype of the two probands. This genotype-phenotype correlation is fundamental to set out appropriate therapeutical intervention.


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Síndrome de Brugada/diagnóstico , Síndrome de Brugada/genética , Estudos de Associação Genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Mutação , Canal de Sódio Disparado por Voltagem NAV1.5/genética , Potenciais de Ação , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Alelos , Substituição de Aminoácidos , Eletrocardiografia , Feminino , Estudos de Associação Genética/métodos , Genótipo , Humanos , Itália , Masculino , Modelos Biológicos , Modelos Moleculares , Canal de Sódio Disparado por Voltagem NAV1.5/química , Canal de Sódio Disparado por Voltagem NAV1.5/metabolismo , Linhagem , Fenótipo , Conformação Proteica , Transporte Proteico
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(12)2021 Jun 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34204592

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NADH dehydrogenase (ubiquinone) Fe-S protein 8 (NDUFS8) is a nuclear-encoded core subunit of human mitochondrial complex I. Defects in NDUFS8 are associated with Leigh syndrome and encephalomyopathy. Cell-penetrating peptide derived from the HIV-1 transactivator of transcription protein (TAT) has been successfully applied as a carrier to bring fusion proteins into cells without compromising the biological function of the cargoes. In this study, we developed a TAT-mediated protein transduction system to rescue complex I deficiency caused by NDUFS8 defects. Two fusion proteins (TAT-NDUFS8 and NDUFS8-TAT) were exogenously expressed and purified from Escherichia coli for transduction of human cells. In addition, similar constructs were generated and used in transfection studies for comparison. The results showed that both exogenous TAT-NDUFS8 and NDUFS8-TAT were delivered into mitochondria and correctly processed. Interestingly, the mitochondrial import of TAT-containing NDUFS8 was independent of mitochondrial membrane potential. Treatment with TAT-NDUFS8 not only significantly improved the assembly of complex I in an NDUFS8-deficient cell line, but also partially rescued complex I functions both in the in-gel activity assay and the oxygen consumption assay. Our current findings suggest the considerable potential of applying the TAT-mediated protein transduction system for treatment of complex I deficiency.


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Complexo I de Transporte de Elétrons/deficiência , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial , Mitocôndrias/genética , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , NADH Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Produtos do Gene tat do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Linhagem Celular , Sobrevivência Celular , Células Cultivadas , Complexo de Proteínas da Cadeia de Transporte de Elétrons/genética , Complexo de Proteínas da Cadeia de Transporte de Elétrons/metabolismo , Humanos , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , NADH Desidrogenase/genética , Transporte Proteico , Interferência de RNA , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/farmacologia , Produtos do Gene tat do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/genética
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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 4245, 2021 07 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34253722

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is caused by TSC1 or TSC2 mutations, resulting in hyperactivation of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). Transcription factor EB (TFEB), a master regulator of lysosome biogenesis, is negatively regulated by mTORC1 through a RAG GTPase-dependent phosphorylation. Here we show that lysosomal biogenesis is increased in TSC-associated renal tumors, pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis, kidneys from Tsc2+/- mice, and TSC1/2-deficient cells via a TFEB-dependent mechanism. Interestingly, in TSC1/2-deficient cells, TFEB is hypo-phosphorylated at mTORC1-dependent sites, indicating that mTORC1 is unable to phosphorylate TFEB in the absence of the TSC1/2 complex. Importantly, overexpression of folliculin (FLCN), a GTPase activating protein for RAGC, increases TFEB phosphorylation at the mTORC1 sites in TSC2-deficient cells. Overexpression of constitutively active RAGC is sufficient to relocalize TFEB to the cytoplasm. These findings establish the TSC proteins as critical regulators of lysosomal biogenesis via TFEB and RAGC and identify TFEB as a driver of the proliferation of TSC2-deficient cells.


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Fatores de Transcrição de Zíper de Leucina e Hélice-Alça-Hélix Básicos/metabolismo , Lisossomos/metabolismo , Proteínas Monoméricas de Ligação ao GTP/metabolismo , Biogênese de Organelas , Proteína 2 do Complexo Esclerose Tuberosa/metabolismo , Animais , Fatores de Transcrição de Zíper de Leucina e Hélice-Alça-Hélix Básicos/genética , Carcinoma de Células Renais/patologia , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Humanos , Neoplasias Renais/patologia , Lisossomos/ultraestrutura , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos NOD , Camundongos SCID , Fosforilação , Fosfosserina/metabolismo , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/metabolismo , Transcrição Genética , Proteína 2 do Complexo Esclerose Tuberosa/deficiência , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/metabolismo
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Methods Mol Biol ; 2312: 237-251, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34228294

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Chemical control of protein localization is a powerful approach for manipulating mammalian cellular processes. Self-localizing ligand-induced protein translocation (SLIPT) is an emerging platform that enables control of protein localization in living mammalian cells using synthetic self-localizing ligands (SLs). We recently established a chemogenetic SLIPT system, in which any protein of interest fused to an engineered variant of Escherichia coli dihydrofolate reductase, DHFRiK6, can be rapidly and specifically translocated from the cytoplasm to the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane (PM) using a trimethoprim (TMP)-based PM-targeting SL, mDcTMP. The mDcTMP-mediated PM recruitment of DHFRiK6-fusion proteins can be efficiently returned to the cytoplasm by subsequent addition of free TMP, enabling temporal and reversible control over the protein localization. Here we describe the use of this mDcTMP/DHFRiK6-based SLIPT system for inducing (1) reversible protein translocation and (2) synthetic activation of the Raf/ERK pathway. This system provides a simple and versatile tool in mammalian synthetic biology for temporally manipulating various signaling molecules and pathways at the PM.


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Engenharia Celular , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Técnicas Genéticas , Biologia Sintética , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/genética , Trimetoprima/farmacologia , Técnicas de Cultura de Células , Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Proteínas de Escherichia coli/metabolismo , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/metabolismo , Genes Reporter , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/genética , Proteínas de Fluorescência Verde/metabolismo , Células HeLa , Humanos , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Transporte Proteico , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/genética , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Tetra-Hidrofolato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Quinases raf/metabolismo
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