Both carboxy-terminus NES motif and mutated tryptophan(s) are crucial for aberrant nuclear export of nucleophosmin leukemic mutants in NPMc(+) AML

Sapienza University of Rome, Roma, Latium, Italy
Blood (Impact Factor: 9.78). 07/2006; 107(11):4514-23. DOI: 10.1182/blood-2005-11-4745
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ABSTRACT We recently identified aberrant cytoplasmic expression of nucleophosmin (NPM) as the immunohistochemical marker of a large subgroup of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) (about one-third of adult AML) that is characterized by normal karyotype and mutations occurring at the exon-12 of the NPM gene. In this paper, we have elucidated the molecular mechanism underlying the abnormal cytoplasmic localization of NPM. All 29 AML-associated mutated NPM alleles so far identified encode abnormal proteins which have acquired at the C-terminus a nuclear export signal (NES) motif and lost both tryptophan residues 288 and 290 (or only the residue 290) which determine nucleolar localization. We show for the first time that both alterations are crucial for NPM mutant export from nucleus to cytoplasm. In fact, the cytoplasmic accumulation of NPM is blocked by leptomycin-B and ratjadones, specific exportin-1/Crm1-inhibitors, and by reinsertion of tryptophan residues 288 and 290, which respectively relocate NPM mutants in the nucleoplasm and nucleoli. NPM leukemic mutants in turn recruit the wild-type NPM from nucleoli to nucleoplasm and cytoplasm. These findings indicate that potential therapeutic strategies aimed to retarget NPM to its physiological sites will have to overcome 2 obstacles, the new NES motif and the mutated tryptophan(s) at the NPM mutant C-terminus.

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En effet, l’étude de la fonction d’une protéine implique souvent de connaître ses partenaires d’interactions. Pour ce faire, la technique de double hybride dans la souche de levure AH109 a été utilisée. Tout d’abord, les ADN complémentaires (ADNc) de MLF1, NPM1 et de NPM-MLF1, MLF1-Like (une partie de MLF1 de l’acide aminé 94 à 157) normaux et mutés du domaine MTG8-Like constitué des acides aminés (a.a.) 151 à 164 de MLF1 (excepté NPM) ont été clonés dans un vecteur d'expression de levure pGBKT7. Les ADNc de GFI-1, mSin3A, PLZF, HDAC1 et HDAC3 ont été clonés dans le plasmide pGADT7 de façon à créer des protéines de fusion synthétiques avec le domaine de liaison à l'ADN et de trans-activation de la protéine GAL4. Le plasmide pGBKT7 possède un gène TRP1 et pGADT7 un gène LEU2 qui permettent la sélection des clones insérés dans la levure. Aussi, le pGBKT7 a un épitope c-myc et pGADT7 un épitope HA qui permet de voir l’expression des protéines par buvardage de type Western. Après la transformation des levures les interactions protéine/protéine ont été observées en vérifiant l’expression des gènes rapporteurs HIS3, LacZ, MEL1, ADE2 de la levure en utilisant des milieux de sélection YPD/-Leu/-Trp, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/-His, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/-His/-Ade, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/+ X-Gal, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/ + X-α-Gal. Ensuite, les interactions trouvées par double-hybride ont été vérifiées dans les cellules érythroleucémiques K562 par immuno-précipitation (IP) de protéines suivies de buvardages Westerns avec les anticorps appropriés. NPM-MLF1, MLF1, MTG8, MLF1-Like surexprimés dans les cellules K562 ont été clonés dans le plasmide pOZ-FH-N. pOZ-FH-N possède un récepteur IL-2 qui permet de sélectionner les cellules qui l’expriment ainsi qu’un tag Flag-HA qui permet de voir l’expression des protéines par buvardage-Western. Les résultats du double-hybride suggèrent une interaction faible de NPM-MLF1 avec HDAC1, HDAC3 et mSin3A ainsi qu’une interaction qui semble plus évidente entre NPM-MLF1 et PLZF, GFI-1. NPM interagit avec GFI-1 et mSin3A. Aussi, MLF1 et MLF1-Like interagissent avec HDAC1, HDAC3, GFI-1, PLZF mais pas avec mSin3A. Les IP suggèrent que NPM-MLF1 interagit avec HDAC1, HDAC3, mSin3A et PLZF. MLF1 et MLF1-Like interagissent avec HDAC1, HDAC3 et mSin3A. L’interaction de NPM-MLF1 avec GFI-1, MLF1 et MLF1-Like avec PLZF et GFI-1 n’a pas encore été vérifiée par IP. Ainsi, nos observations permettent de suggérer que NPM-MF1, MLF1 et NPM pourraient jouer un rôle dans la transcription et la régulation de l’expression de certains gènes importants dans l’hématopoïèse et une variété de processus cellulaires parce qu’ils interagissent avec différents corépresseurs. En déterminant les partenaires protéiques de MLF1, NPM et NPM-MLF1, leurs fonctions et comment NPM-MLF1 influence et modifie le fonctionnement cellulaire normal; il sera possible de renverser le processus de LMA favorisé par la t (3; 5) NPM-MLF1 par la technologie d’interférence à l’ARN. Abstract Different genomic translocations are frequently associated with the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Genomic translocations can result in the fusion of two genes leading to the formation of a fusion protein. This is the case of the T (3; 5) (q25.1; q34) translocation that implicates the tumour suppressor NPM1 and the oncogene MLF1, giving rise to the fusion protein NPM-MLF1. Generally the genes implicated in these translocations control cell growth, differentiation and survival. However, for NPM-MLF1 the reasons behind the gain or loss of function associated with the translocation are still unknown as we still ignore how this translocation can enhance or take part in the AML development. The goal of my master degree project was to analyse in part the role of NPM-MLF1 in cancer and to examine how its activity can contribute in leukemia through protein/protein interaction assays. The usual study of a protein function implicates the investigation of interacting partners. For this purpose, we used the yeast AH109 to conduct a two-hybrid screen assay. The MLF1, MLF1-Like (amino acid 94 to 157 of MLF1), NPM1 and NPM-MLF1 cDNAs, normal and mutated in the MTG8-Like domain from the amino acid (a.a.) 151 to 164 of MLF1 (with the exception of NPM1) were cloned into the yeast expression vector pGBKT7. The GFI-1, mSin3A, PLZF, HDAC1 and HDA3 cDNAs were cloned into the vector pGADT7. These clones were developed to creat synthetic fusion proteins with the DNA binding or trans-activation domain(s) of the protein Gal4. The pGBKT7 vector contains the TRP1 gene and the pGADT7 the LEU2 gene. These genes were used for the selection of the yeast clones transformed with the plasmids mentioned above. In addition, the pGBKT7 vector has c-myc-tag and the PGADT7 vector the HA-tag allowing the assessment of protein expression through Western Blot analysis. After yeast transformation, the protein/protein interaction were studied while verifying the expression of the reporter genes HIS, LacZ, MEL1, ADE while using the following selective medias YPD/-Leu/-Trp, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/-His, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/-His/-Ade, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/+ X-Gal, YPD/-Leu/-Trp/ + X-α-Gal. The interactions determined by the two-hybrid screening were verified in the erythroleukemic cells K562 using immuno-precipitation (IP) of the proteins followed by western blot using the appropriate antibodies. To achieve this, NPM-MLF1, MLF1, ETO, MLF1-Like cDNAs were cloned into the pOZ-FH-N vector that possess an IL2 receptor, which allows the selection of the positive transformed clones in the cell and a Flag-HA tag that permit the verification of protein expression through Western-blot. The two-hybrid screen results suggest that NPM-MLF1 interacts with HDAC1, HDAC3, PLZF, GFI and mSin3A. NPM interacts with GFI-1 and mSin3A. This has not been yet verified using the IP method. As in the case of MLF1, MLF1-Like interacts with HDAC1, HDAC3, GFI-1 and PLZF. However, no interaction was observed with Sin3A. The IP experiments suggest that NPM-MLF1 interacts with HDAC1, HDAC3, mSin3A and PLZF. MLF1 and MLF1-Like interact with HDAC1, HDAC3 and mSin3A. The interaction of NPM-MLF1 with GFI1 as well as MLF1 and MLF1-Like with PLZF and GFI-1 are not yet verified by IP. Therefore, our observations led to the suggestion that NPM-MLF1, MLF1 and NPM can play a role in the transcription and the regulation of the expression of certain genes that are important for hematopoiesis and a variety through the determination of the protein partners of MLF1, NPM and NPM-MLF1, their functions and how NPM-MLF1 influence/modify the normal cellular function, and by focusing on this study, it might become possible to reverse the AML process that is by the t(3;5) NPM-MLF1 while using the RNA interference technology.