Teratocarcinoma stem cells and early mouse embryos contain only a single major lamin polypeptide closely resembling lamin B.
ABSTRACT The nuclear lamina in adult mammalian somatic cells is composed of three major proteins, lamins A, B, and C. The expression of these proteins during the differentiation of teratocarcinomas and mouse embryogenesis is described. Embryos up to day 8 of gestation and embryonal carcinoma (EC) cells express only a single lamin species closely resembling, if not identical to, lamin B. Lamins A and/or C were detected in fertilized eggs, but disappear during the first 2-4 cleavage divisions, only reappearing in 8 day post-implantation embryos. These two lamins are absent from EC cells, but are strongly expressed in some of their derivatives. These results show that cells of the early mouse embryo do not have a functional requirement for lamins A and C and imply that the structural organization of the nucleus may change fundamentally during embryogenesis.
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ABSTRACT: Lamin A/C is a structural protein of the nuclear envelope and cardiac involvement in Lamin A/C mutations was one of the first phenotypes to be reported in humans, suggesting a crucial role of this protein in the cardiomyocytes function. Mutations in LMNA gene cause a class of pathologies generically named ‘Lamanopathies’ mainly involving heart and skeletal muscles. Moreover, the well known disease called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) due to extensive mutations in LMNA gene, in addition to the systemic phenotype of premature aging, is characterized by the death of patients at around 13 typically for a heart attack or stroke, suggesting again the heart as the main site sensitive to Lamin A/C disfunction. Indeed, the identification of the roles of the Lamin A/C in cardiomyocytes function is a key area of exploration.One of the primary biological roles recently conferred to Lamin A/C is to affect contractile cells lineage determination and senescence. Then, in differentiated adult cardiomyocytes both the ‘structural’ and ‘gene expression hypothesis’ could explain the role of Lamin A in the function of cardiomyocytes. In fact, recent advances in the field propose that the structural weakness/stiffness of the NE, regulated by Lamin A/C amount in NE, can ‘consequently’ alter gene expression.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reservedBiology of the Cell 07/2014; 106(10). DOI:10.1111/boc.201400033 · 3.87 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The spatial organization of the nucleus results in a compartmentalized structure that affects all aspects of nuclear function. This compartmentalization involves genome organization as well as the formation of nuclear bodies and plays a role in many functions, including gene regulation, genome stability, replication, and RNA processing. Here we review the recent findings associated with the spatial organization of the nucleus and reveal that a common theme for nuclear proteins is their ability to participate in a variety of functions and pathways. We consider this multiplicity of function in terms of Crowdsourcing, a recent phenomenon in the world of information technology, and suggest that this model provides a novel way to synthesize the many intersections between nuclear organization and function.Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 01/2014; 1839(3). DOI:10.1016/j.bbagrm.2014.01.003 · 4.66 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: A-type lamins are components of the nuclear lamina, a filamentous network of the nuclear envelope in metazoans that supports nuclear architecture. In addition, lamin A/C can also be found in the nuclear interior. This nucleoplasmic lamin pool is soluble in physiological buffer, depends on the presence of the lamin-binding protein, Lamina-associated polypeptide 2α (LAP2α) and regulates cell cycle progression in tissue progenitor cells. ΔK32 mutations in A-type lamins cause severe congenital muscle disease in humans and a muscle maturation defect in Lmna(ΔK32/ΔK32) knock-in mice. At molecular level, mutant ΔK32 lamin A/C protein levels were reduced and all mutant lamin A/C was soluble and mislocalized to the nucleoplasm. To test the role of LAP2α in nucleoplasmic ΔK32 lamin A/C regulation and functions, we deleted LAP2α in Lmna(ΔK32/ΔK32) knock-in mice. In double mutant mice the Lmna(ΔK32/ΔK32)- linked muscle defect was unaffected. LAP2α interacted with mutant lamin A/C, but unlike wild-type lamin A/C, the intranuclear localization of ΔK32 lamin A/C was not affected by loss of LAP2α. In contrast, loss of LAP2α in Lmna(ΔK32/ΔK32) mice impaired the regulation of tissue progenitor cells like in lamin A/C wild type animals. These data indicate that a LAP2α-independent assembly defect of ΔK32 lamin A/C is predominant for the mouse pathology, while the LAP2α-linked functions of nucleoplasmic lamin A/C in the regulation of tissue progenitor cells are not affected in Lmna(ΔK32/ΔK32) mice.Journal of Cell Science 02/2013; 126(8). DOI:10.1242/jcs.115246 · 5.33 Impact Factor