Calpain-5 Mutations Cause Autoimmune Uveitis, Retinal Neovascularization, and Photoreceptor Degeneration

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America.
PLoS Genetics (Impact Factor: 7.53). 10/2012; 8(10):e1003001. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003001
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Autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy (ADNIV) is an autoimmune condition of the eye that sequentially mimics uveitis, retinitis pigmentosa, and proliferative diabetic retinopathy as it progresses to complete blindness. We identified two different missense mutations in the CAPN5 gene in three ADNIV kindreds. CAPN5 encodes calpain-5, a calcium-activated cysteine protease that is expressed in retinal photoreceptor cells. Both mutations cause mislocalization from the cell membrane to the cytosol, and structural modeling reveals that both mutations lie within a calcium-sensitive domain near the active site. CAPN5 is only the second member of the large calpain gene family to cause a human Mendelian disorder, and this is the first report of a specific molecular cause for autoimmune eye disease. Further investigation of these mutations is likely to provide insight into the pathophysiologic mechanisms of common diseases ranging from autoimmune disorders to diabetic retinopathy.

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    • "ADNIV patients are normally sighted until their second decade when a chronic uveitis begins and cataracts develop. Over the next five decades, photoreceptor degeneration, retinal neovascularization and intraocular fibrosis occur sequentially and end in phthisis and blindness [1, 2]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background The purpose of this project was to identify short hairpin RNA (shRNA) sequences that can suppress expression of human CAPN5 in which gain-of-function mutants cause autosomal dominant neovascular inflammatory vitreoretinopathy (ADNIV). We created HEK293T cells that stably express an ADNIV disease allele, CAPN5-p.R243L. Transfection protocols were optimized for neuroblastoma SHSY5Y cells. The gene silencing effect of four different shRNA plasmids that target CAPN5 was tested. RNA and protein expression was determined using quantitative RT-PCR and immunoblot analysis. Findings Two of four shRNA plasmids reduced mutant CAPN5 RNA in a stable cell line. Similar knockdown was observed in SH-SY5Y cells that natively express CAPN5. Lactose dehydrogenase assays showed that down-regulation of CAPN5 was not cytotoxic. Conclusions CAPN5 expression can be suppressed by shRNA-based RNA interference. Further testing in ADNIV models will determine the potential of gene silencing as a strategy to treat, delay, or prevent blindness in ADNIV patients.
    BMC Research Notes 09/2014; 7(1):642. DOI:10.1186/1756-0500-7-642
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    • "In the first ADNIV pedigree, twin sisters had an affected father (Figure 1A). Genetic testing verified the CAPN5 guanine to thymine nucleotide change (c.728G>T, pArg243Leu) in all affected family members.1 "
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