Functional Depletion of Mahogunin by Cytosolically Exposed Prion Protein Contributes to Neurodegeneration

Cell Biology and Metabolism Program, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
Cell (Impact Factor: 32.24). 07/2009; 137(6):1136-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2009.03.042
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The pathways leading from aberrant Prion protein (PrP) metabolism to neurodegeneration are poorly understood. Some familial PrP mutants generate increased (Ctm)PrP, a transmembrane isoform associated with disease. In other disease situations, a potentially toxic cytosolic form (termed cyPrP) might be produced. However, the mechanisms by which (Ctm)PrP or cyPrP cause selective neuronal dysfunction are unknown. Here, we show that both (Ctm)PrP and cyPrP can interact with and disrupt the function of Mahogunin (Mgrn), a cytosolic ubiquitin ligase whose loss causes spongiform neurodegeneration. Cultured cells and transgenic mice expressing either (Ctm)PrP-producing mutants or cyPrP partially phenocopy Mgrn depletion, displaying aberrant lysosomal morphology and loss of Mgrn in selected brain regions. These effects were rescued by either Mgrn overexpression, competition for PrP-binding sites, or prevention of cytosolic PrP exposure. Thus, transient or partial exposure of PrP to the cytosol leads to inappropriate Mgrn sequestration that contributes to neuronal dysfunction and disease.

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    • "c o m / l o c a t e / b b a m c r aggregate intracellular proteins which are not its physiological partners [rev. in [11]]. CytoPrP interacts with cytosolic proteins such as tubulin, Bcl-2 and ubiquitin ligase mahogunin, leading to loss of their functions [12] [13] [14]. These excessive or non-physiological interactions may underlay the molecular mechanism of cytoPrP neurotoxicity in TSE [rev. "
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    ABSTRACT: Prion protein (PrP) mislocalized in the cytosol has been presumed to be the toxic entity responsible for the neurodegenerative process in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE), also called prion diseases. The mechanism underlying the neurotoxicity of cytosolic PrP (cytoPrP) remains, however, unresolved. In this study we analyze toxic effects of the cell-penetrating PrP fragment, PrP1-30 - encompassing residues responsible for binding and aggregation of tubulin. We have found that intracellularly localized PrP1-30 disassembles microtubular cytoskeleton of primary neurons, which leads to the loss of neurites and, eventually, necrotic cell death. Accordingly, stabilization of microtubules by taxol reduced deleterious effects of cytosolic PrP1-30. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that decreased phosphorylation level of microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs), which also increases stability of microtubular cytoskeleton protects neurons from the toxic effects of PrP1-30. CHIR98014 and LiCl - inhibitors of glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK-3), a major kinase responsible for phosphorylation of MAPs, inhibited PrP1-30-induced disruption of microtubular cytoskeleton and increased viability of peptide-treated neurons. We have also shown that the N-terminal fragment of cytoPrP may cause the loss of dendritic spines. PrP1-30-induced changes at the level of spines have also been prevented by stabilization of microtubules by taxol as well as LiCl. These observations indicate that the neurotoxicty of cytoPrP is tightly linked to the disruption of microtubular cytoskeleton. Importantly, this study implies that lithium, the commonly used mood stabilizer, may be a promising therapeutic agent in TSE, particularly in case of the disease forms associated with accumulation of cytoPrP. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
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    • "For example, mutations in the E3 ligase Parkin occur in Autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease. An E3 ligase called Mahogunin interacts with cytosolic Prion protein and is implicated to be involved with the pathophysiology of Prion diseases [67]. In other cases, the effect on the UPS is a secondary one; that is, the protein aggregates formed overload or inhibit the proteasome. "
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    The Scientific World Journal 10/2013; 2013(14):180759. DOI:10.1155/2013/180759 · 1.73 Impact Factor
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    • "Co-sequestration of MGRN1 with cytosolic-exposed prion protein aggregates leads to altered lysosomal morphology. Its depletion may also be implicated in the biology of neuronal dysfunction and disease28. It is clear that CMA plays a significant role in neurodegenerative diseases and aging29. "
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    ABSTRACT: Impairment in the elimination of misfolded proteins generates cellular toxicity and leads to various late-onset neurodegenerative diseases. However, the mechanisms by which cells recognize abnormal cellular proteins for selective clearance remain unknown. Lack of the mahogunin ring finger-1 (MGRN1) E3 ubiquitin ligase in mice causes the development of age-dependent spongiform neurodegeneration. Here, we report for the first time that the MGRN1 E3 ubiquitin ligase interacts and nicely co-localizes with the cytosolic molecular chaperone Hsp70. The expression of MGRN1 increased following exposure to a variety of stressors. The inhibition of autophagy not only elevated endogenous MGRN1 levels but also caused MGRN1 to be recruited to cytosolic ubiquitin-positive inclusion bodies. Finally, we showed that the overexpression of MGRN1 protects against cell death mediated by oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress. These data suggest that MGRN1 selectively targets misfolded proteins for degradation and may exhibit viable therapeutic potential for the treatment of spongiform neurodegeneration.
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