Meckel-Gruber syndrome protein MKS3 is required for endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation of surfactant protein C.
ABSTRACT Autosomal dominant mutations in the SFTPC gene are associated with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive lethal interstitial lung disease. Mutations that cause misfolding of the encoded proprotein surfactant protein C (SP-C) trigger endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated degradation, a pathway that segregates terminally misfolded substrate for retrotranslocation to the cytosol and degradation by proteasome. Microarray screens for genes involved in SP-C ER-associated degradation identified MKS3/TMEM67, a locus previously linked to the ciliopathy Meckel-Gruber syndrome. In this study, MKS3 was identified as a membrane glycoprotein predominantly localized to the ER. Expression of MKS3 was up-regulated by genetic or pharmacological inducers of ER stress. The ER lumenal domain of MKS3 interacted with a complex that included mutant SP-C and associated chaperones, whereas the region predicted to encode the transmembrane domains of MKS3 interacted with cytosolic p97. Deletion of the transmembrane and cytosolic domains abrogated interaction of MKS3 with p97 and resulted in accumulation of mutant SP-C proprotein; knockdown of MKS3 also inhibited degradation of mutant SP-C. These results support a model in which MKS3 links the ER lumenal quality control machinery with the cytosolic degradation apparatus.
Article: Misfolded BRICHOS SP-C mutant proteins induce apoptosis via caspase-4- and cytochrome c-related mechanisms.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Several mutations within the BRICHOS domain of surfactant protein C (SP-C) have been linked to interstitial lung disease. Recent studies have suggested that these mutations cause misfolding of the proprotein (proSP-C), which initiates the unfolded protein response to resolve improper folding or promote protein degradation. We have reported that in vitro expression of one of these proteins, the exon 4 deletion mutant (hSP-C(Deltaexon4)), causes endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, inhibits proteasome function, and activates caspase-3-mediated apoptosis. To further elucidate mechanisms and common pathways for cellular dysfunction, various assays were performed by transiently expressing two SP-C BRICHOS domain mutant (BRISPC) proteins (hSP-C(Deltaexon4), hSP-C(L188Q)) and control proteins in lung epithelium-derived A549 and kidney epithelium-derived (HEK-293) GFP(u)-1 cell lines. Compared with controls, cells expressing either BRICHOS mutant protein consistently exhibited increased formation of insoluble aggregates, enhanced promotion of inositol-requiring enzyme 1-dependent splicing of X-box binding protein-1 (XBP-1), significant inhibition of proteasome activity, enhanced induction of mitochondrial cytochrome c release, and increased activations of caspase-4 and caspase-3, leading to apoptosis. These results suggest common cellular responses, including initiation of cell-death signaling pathways, to these lung disease-associated BRISPC proteins.AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 10/2007; 293(3):L720-9. · 3.66 Impact Factor
Article: Spectrum of MKS1 and MKS3 mutations in Meckel syndrome: a genotype-phenotype correlation. Mutation in brief #960. Online.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Meckel syndrome (MKS) is a rare autosomal recessive lethal condition characterized by central nervous system malformations (typically occipital meningoencephalocele), postaxial polydactyly, multicystic kidney dysplasia, and ductal proliferation in the portal area of the liver. MKS is genetically heterogeneous and three loci have been mapped respectively on 17q23 (MKS1), 11q13 (MKS2), and 8q24 (MKS3). Very recently, two genes have been identified: MKS1/FLJ20345 on 17q in Finnish kindreds, carrying the same intronic deletion, c.1408-35_c.1408-7del29, and MKS3/TMEM67 on 8q in families from Pakistan and Oman. Here we report the genotyping of the MKS1 and MKS3 genes in a large, multiethnic cohort of 120 independent cases of MKS. Our first results indicate that the MKS1 and MKS3 genes are each responsible for about 7% of MKS cases with various mutations in different populations. A strong phenotype-genotype correlation, depending on the mutated gene, was observed regarding the type of central nervous system malformation, the frequency of polydactyly, bone dysplasia, and situs inversus. The MKS1 c.1408-35_1408-7del29 intronic mutation was identified in three cases from French or English origin and dated back to 162 generations (approx. 4050 years) ago. We also identified a common MKS3 splice-site mutation, c.1575+1G>A, in five Pakistani sibships of three unrelated families of Mirpuri origin, with an estimated age-of-mutation of 5 generations (125 years).Human Mutation 05/2007; 28(5):523-4. · 5.69 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), secretory and transmembrane proteins fold into their native conformation and undergo posttranslational modifications important for their activity and structure. When protein folding in the ER is inhibited, signal transduction pathways, which increase the biosynthetic capacity and decrease the biosynthetic burden of the ER to maintain the homeostasis of this organelle, are activated. These pathways are called the unfolded protein response (UPR). In this review, we briefly summarize principles of protein folding and molecular chaperone function important for a mechanistic understanding of UPR-signaling events. We then discuss mechanisms of signal transduction employed by the UPR in mammals and our current understanding of the remodeling of cellular processes by the UPR. Finally, we summarize data that demonstrate that UPR signaling feeds into decision making in other processes previously thought to be unrelated to ER function, e.g., eukaryotic starvation responses and differentiation programs.Annual Review of Biochemistry 02/2005; 74:739-89. · 34.32 Impact Factor