Modulation of Na+-Ca2+ Exchanger Expression by Immunosuppressive Drugs Is Isoform-Specific
ABSTRACT The Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) is a major Ca(2+)-regulating protein encoded by three genes: NCX1, NCX2, and NCX3. They share a sequence homology of approximately 65%. NCX1 protein is expressed ubiquitously, and NCX2 and NCX3 are expressed almost exclusively in the brain. We have shown previously (Kimchi-Sarfaty et al., 2002) that treatment of NCX1-transfected human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells with the immunosuppressive cyclosporin A (CsA) and its nonimmunosuppressive analog PSC833 (valspodar) results in down-regulation of surface expression and transport activity of the protein without a decrease in expression of cell NCX1 protein. In this study, we show that cyclosporin A and PSC833 treatment of NCX2- and NCX3-transfected HEK 293 cells also resulted in dose-dependent down-regulation of surface expression and transport activity of the two brain NCX proteins; however, whereas CsA had no effect on total cell NCX protein expression, PSC833 reduced mRNA and cell protein expression of NCX2 and NCX3. Moreover, tacrolimus (FK506), which had no effect on NCX1 protein expression, down-regulated NCX2 and NCX3 surface expression and transport activity without any significant effect on cell protein expression. Sirolimus (rapamycin) had no effect on NCX2 and NCX3 protein expression, yet it reduced NCX2 and NCX3 transport activity. Because all of the experimental conditions in our studies were identical, presumably the different drug response is related to structural differences between NCX isoforms. Clinical studies suggested that immunosuppressive regimes of patients who have received transplants resulted in complications related to Ca(2+). Expression of NCX genes is tissue-specific. Hence, our results can potentially provide a tool for choosing the immunosuppressive protocol to be used.
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ABSTRACT: The suggested key mechanism of both cyclosporine A (CsA) and FK506 is the inhibition of calcineurin phosphatase activity, preventing nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT)-translocation into the nucleus of T cells, with a subsequent transcriptional block of crucial cytokine genes. However, the two drugs exert different clinical activities as exemplified by the ability of FK506 to treat acute rejections. Inhibition of calcineurin activity by FK506 occurs in vitro at the same or even higher dose as for CsA; however, the magnitude of clinical and experimental immunosuppression is higher, indicating that FK506 may act in a calcineurin-independent way. To test this hypothesis, we measured the inhibition of NFAT-regulated gene expression in 262 stable kidney transplanted patients after FK506 intake. Previously, we showed that the optimal degree of NFAT inhibition in patients treated with CsA is between 15% and 30% residual gene expression. A considerable number of patients treated with FK506 do not achieve this level of immunosuppression despite therapeutic drug concentrations. Importantly, FK506 does inhibit protein translation. This insufficient degree of NFAT inhibition was associated with a higher rate of biopsy-proven acute rejection but also with a lower incidence of recurrent infections. Conversion of CsA to FK506 causes immediately reduced inhibition of NFAT-regulated gene expression. We could demonstrate that a considerable number of FK506-treated patients benefit from the drug, irrespective of the potency of NFAT inhibition in T cells by a yet unknown mechanism. Nevertheless, residual expression of NFAT-regulated genes seems to be a useful pharmacodynamic method to monitor FK506 therapy in renal transplant patients.Transplantation 06/2010; 89(11):1417-23. DOI:10.1097/TP.0b013e3181dc13b6 · 3.83 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) is a major Ca(2+) regulating protein. It is almost ubiquitously expressed. Cyclophilins (Cyps) make up a class of proteins that are involved in protein folding via their peptidyl prolyl cis-trans isomerase (PPIase) and chaperone domains. They are also the cellular receptors of cyclosporin A (CsA). Binding of CsA to cyclophilins inhibits both PPIase and chaperone activities. We have shown that treatment of transfected HEK 293 cells expressing the Na(+)-Ca(2+) exchanger NCX1 with CsA results in downregulation of surface expression and transport activity, without any reduction in the total level of cell NCX1 protein [Kimchi-Sarfaty, C., et al. (2002) J. Biol. Chem. 277 (4), 2505-2510]. In this work, we show that knockdown of cell CypA using targeting siRNA (without any CsA treatment) results in a reduction in the level of NCX1 surface expression, a decrease in the level of Na(+)-dependent Ca(2+) uptake, and no change in the total amount of cell NCX1 protein in NCX1.5-transfected HEK 293 cells and nontransfected H9c2 cells that express NCX1.1 naturally. It also reduced Na(+)-dependent Ca(2+) fluxes measured by changes in Fluo-4 AM fluorescence in single NCX1.5-transfected HEK 293 and single H9c2 cells. Knockdown of CypB had no significant effect on either transport activity, surface expression, NCX1 cell protein expression, or Ca(2+) fluxes. Overexpression of CypA or its R55A mutant, which exhibits a substantially reduced PPIase activity, alleviated the reduction of NCX1 surface expression caused by CsA treatment, suggesting that the PPIase domain was probably not mandatory for NCX1 functional expression. We suggest that CypA plays a role in the functional expression of NCX1 protein.Biochemistry 09/2010; 49(35):7634-42. DOI:10.1021/bi1008722 · 3.02 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Renal excretion of citrate, an inhibitor of calcium stone formation, is controlled mainly by reabsorption via the apical Na(+)-dicarboxylate cotransporter NaDC1 (SLC13A2) in the proximal tubule. Recently, it has been shown that the protein phosphatase calcineurin inhibitors cyclosporin A (CsA) and FK-506 induce hypocitraturia, a risk factor for nephrolithiasis in kidney transplant patients, but apparently through urine acidification. This suggests that these agents up-regulate NaDC1 activity. Using the Xenopus lævis oocyte and HEK293 cell expression systems, we examined first the effect of both anti-calcineurins on NaDC1 activity and expression. While FK-506 had no effect, CsA reduced NaDC1-mediated citrate transport by lowering heterologous carrier expression (as well as endogenous carrier expression in HEK293 cells), indicating that calcineurin is not involved. Given that CsA also binds specifically to cyclophilins, we determined next whether such proteins could account for the observed changes by examining the effect of selected cyclophilin wild types and mutants on NaDC1 activity and cyclophilin-specific siRNA. Interestingly, our data show that the cyclophilin isoform B is likely responsible for down-regulation of carrier expression by CsA and that it does so via its chaperone activity on NaDC1 (by direct interaction) rather than its rotamase activity. We have thus identified for the first time a regulatory partner for NaDC1, and have gained novel mechanistic insight into the effect of CsA on renal citrate transport and kidney stone disease, as well as into the regulation of membrane transporters in general.Journal of Biological Chemistry 03/2011; 286(13):11242-53. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M110.171728 · 4.57 Impact Factor