[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Proteins that are unfolded or misfolded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) must be targeted for refolding or degradation to maintain the homeostasis of the ER. Derlin-1 was reportedly implicated in the retro-translocation of misfolded proteins from the ER to the cytosol for degradation. In this report, we showed that Derlin-1 was down-regulated in the endothelial cells derived from human hepatic cavernous hemangioma (CHEC) compared with other tested cells. Electron microscopy analysis showed that ER was aberrantly enlarged in CHEC cells, but not in other tested cells. When overexpressed, Derlin-1 induced the dilated ER to return normal size. This ER dynamic was associated with the activation of unfolded protein response (UPR). In CHEC cells where Derlin-1 was down-regulated, increased expression of the immunoglobulin heavy chain-binding protein (Bip) and UPR-specific splicing of X-box DNAbinding protein 1 (XBP1) mRNA were detected, as compared with that in other tested cells, indicating that UPR was activated. After Derlin-1 overexpression, the extent of UPR activation diminished, as evidenced by decreased expression of Bip, reduced amount of the spliced form of XBP1 (XBP1s), and elevated expression of the unspliced form of XBP1 (XBP1u). Taken together, these findings provide another example of a single protein being able to affect ER dynamic in mammalian cells, and an insight into the possible molecular mechanism(s).
Journal of biochemistry and molecular biology 12/2006; 39(6):677-85. · 2.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cerebral Cavernous Malformations (CCM) are vascular malformations that are mostly located in the central nervous system (CNS) and occasionally within the skin and retina, which are classified into three types (CCM1, CCM2 and CCM3) by being located at different loci on chromosomes. At present, CCM1 (7q21), CCM2 (7p13-p15) and CCM3 (3q25.2-q27) are respectively linked to krit1 (Krev interaction trapped gene 1), MGC4607 and PDCD10 (programmed cell death 10). In this work, we identified a novel "GTA" deletion mutation at the acceptor splicing site of intron9/exon10 on krit1. The mutation results in an abnormally spliced protein by creating a premature termination code at the 23rd amino acid downstream from the sequence alteration. Our results are consistent with previous research on krit1 mutations and confirm the conclusion that KRIT1 haploinsufficiency may be the underlying mechanism of CCM1.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are focal dysmorphic blood vessel anomalies that predispose patients to hemorrhagic stroke and epilepsy. CCMs are sporadic or inherited and 3 genes (CCM1, CCM2, and CCM3) have been identified. However, the role of somatic mutation in CCM genesis has been disputed. The hypothesis that somatic mutations contribute to CCM lesion genesis is tested.
Mutations were identified by analysis of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products spanning the 16 CCM1 coding exons with denaturing high-pressure liquid chromatography (DHPLC), cloning, and sequencing. Somatic mutation was verified 3 ways in lesion DNA and RNA samples. The somatic and germ line mutations were shown to be biallelic using allele specific reverse-transcribed PCR amplification and sequence analyses.
A somatic 34-nucleotide deletion in CCM1 is identified in a CCM lesion along with a germ line CCM1 mutation (Q455X). The somatic mutation is not present in DNA or RNA isolated from the patient's blood. These 2 genetic hits are biallelic.
Identification of biallelic CCM1 somatic and germ line truncating mutations strongly support the "two-hit" mechanism in this CCM lesion.
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