A role for lengsin, a recruited enzyme, in terminal differentiation in the vertebrate lens

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 04/2008; 283(10):6607-15. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M709144200
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ABSTRACT Lengsin is an eye lens-specific member of the glutamine synthetase (GS) superfamily. Lengsin has no GS activity, suggesting that it has a structural rather than catalytic role in lens. In situ hybridization and immunofluorescence showed that lengsin is expressed in terminally differentiating secondary lens fiber cells. Yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) and recombinant protein experiments showed that full-length lengsin can bind the 2B filament region of vimentin. In affinity chromatography, lengsin also bound the equivalent region of CP49 (BFSP2; phakinin), a related intermediate filament protein specific to the lens. Both the vimentin and CP49 2B fragments bound lengsin in surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy with fast association and slow dissociation kinetics. Lengsin expression correlates with a transition zone in maturing lens fiber cells in which cytoskeleton is reorganized. Lengsin and lens intermediate filament proteins co-localize at the plasma membrane in maturing fiber cells. This suggests that lengsin may act as a component of the cytoskeleton itself or as a chaperone for the reorganization of intermediate filament proteins during terminal differentiation in the lens.

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    • "), aA-crystallin (CRYAA) (Hawse et al. 2005), and aB-crystallin (Hawse et al. 2005); (F) actin-capping regulator encoding transcript tropomodulin 1 (TMOD1) (Nowak and Fowler 2012); (G) Lensgin (GLULD1/LGSN) (Wyatt et al. 2008); (H) cell-cycle regulator encoding transcript cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) (Gao et al. 1999); (I) lens signaling encoding transcripts coiled-coil domain containing 80 (CCDC80/EQUARIN) (Song et al. 2012), EPH receptor type A2 (EPHA2) (Shi et al. 2012; Cheng et al. 2013), fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) (Robinson 2006), and frizzled class receptor 3 (FZD3) (Dawes et al. 2013); and (J) lens DNA binding encoding transcripts paired box 6 (PAX6) (Cvekl and Piatigorsky 1996), heat shock transcription factor 4 (HSF4) (Fujimoto et al. 2004; Somasundaram and Bhat 2004), SRY (sex determining region Y)-box 2 (SOX2) (Kondoh et al. 2004), prospero homeobox 1 (PROX1) (Duncan et al. 2002), and GATA binding protein 3 (GATA3) (Maeda et al. 2009). "
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    • "7B, C). Furthermore, Lengsin is expressed in the subpopulation of early differentiating fiber cells which are not yet denucleated (Fig. 7D; (Harding et al., 2008; Wyatt et al., 2008)). In uhrf1 and dnmt1 mutants, Lengsin is expressed in the disorganized cells that make up the mutant lens periphery (Figs. "
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    • "The change in nuclear shape may be secondary to dismantling of the nuclear lamina which, according to studies in bovine (Dahm et al., 1998) and chicken (Bassnett and Mataic, 1997) lenses, occurs before frank disintegration of the chromatin commences. Fiber cells are transcriptionally active until quite late in differentiation , as evidenced by their ability to transcribe novel mRNAs, such as those encoding lengsin (Wyatt et al., 2008) and hop (Vasiliev et al., 2007). Microinjection of expression plasmids into fiber cells located at various depths from the lens surface has confirmed that the majority of nucleated fiber cells are transcriptionally competent (Shestopalov and Bassnett, 1999). "
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