Identification of functional domains in sarcoglycans essential for their interaction and plasma membrane targeting

Sigfried and Janet Weis Center for Research, M.C. 26-11, the Geisinger Clinic, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822, USA.
Experimental Cell Research (Impact Factor: 3.25). 06/2006; 312(9):1610-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2006.01.024
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Mutations in sarcoglycans have been reported to cause autosomal-recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophies. In skeletal and cardiac muscle, sarcoglycans are assembled into a complex on the sarcolemma from four subunits (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). In this report, we present a detailed structural analysis of sarcoglycans using deletion study, limited proteolysis and co-immunoprecipitation. Our results indicate that the extracellular regions of sarcoglycans consist of distinctive functional domains connected by proteinase K-sensitive sites. The N-terminal half domains are required for sarcoglycan interaction. The C-terminal half domains of beta-, gamma- and delta-sarcoglycan consist of a cysteine-rich motif and a previously unrecognized conserved sequence, both of which are essential for plasma membrane localization. Using a heterologous expression system, we demonstrate that missense sarcoglycan mutations affect sarcoglycan complex assembly and/or localization to the cell surface. Our data suggest that the formation of a stable complex is necessary but not sufficient for plasma membrane targeting. Finally, we provide evidence that the beta/delta-sarcoglycan core can associate with the C-terminus of dystrophin. Our results therefore generate important information on the structure of the sarcoglycan complex and the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of various sarcoglycan mutations in muscular dystrophies.

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    • "Interestingly, these three mutations are localized in the region adjacent to the transmembrane domain, suggesting that physical constraints due to membrane anchoring may impair the recognition by ERQC. In addition, this region was noticed to be important for interaction of SGs with each other, especially β-SG with δ-SG and α-SG with γ-SG [Chen, et al., 2006]. Therefore, it is possible that improper SGs interactions lead to impairment of one of the nonstructural function of the SGs complex, generating sarcoglycanopathy by a pathological mechanism other than destabilization of the complex. "
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    • "The βδ-sarcoglycan core is suggested to link dystrophin through undefined portions of their intracellular tail (Ref. 29); five missense mutations reside in the β-sarcoglycan tail and might have either loss-of-function consequences or simply generate processing mutants; two of these (Q11G and G56R) cause LGMD in homozygous patients. In the large extracellular domain, the portion of β-sarcoglycan proximal to the transmembrane domain is thought to be required for the binding to δ-sarcoglycan (Ref. "
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