Lu, W. et al. Comparison of Pkd1-targeted mutants reveals that loss of polycystin-1 causes cystogenesis and bone defects. Hum. Mol. Genet. 10, 2385-2396

Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Human Molecular Genetics (Impact Factor: 6.39). 11/2001; 10(21):2385-96. DOI: 10.1093/hmg/10.21.2385
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A high level of polycystin-1 expression is detected in kidneys of all patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Mice that overexpress polycystin-1 also develop renal cysts. Whether overexpression of polycystin-1 is necessary for cyst formation is still unclear. Here, we report the generation of a targeted mouse mutant with a null mutation in Pkd1 and its phenotypic characterization in comparison with the del34 mutants that carry a 'truncation mutation' in Pkd1. We show that null homozygotes develop the same, but more aggressive, renal and pancreatic cystic disease as del34/del34. Moreover, we report that both homozygous mutants develop polyhydramnios, hydrops fetalis, spina bifida occulta and osteochondrodysplasia. Heterozygotes also develop adult-onset pancreatic disease. We show further that del34 homozygotes continue to produce mutant polycystin-1, thereby providing a possible explanation for increased immunoreactive polycystin-1 in ADPKD cyst epithelia in the context of the two-hit model. Our data demonstrate for the first time that loss of polycystin-1 leads to cyst formation and defective skeletogenesis, and indicate that polycystin-1 is critical in both epithelium and chondrocyte development.

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    • "The level of PC1 V expressed is therefore as low as 10%–20% of the total PC1 amount (i.e., PC1 U plus PC1 cFL ) in wild-type controls. The Pkd1 V/V animals are viable with virtually normal appearing kidneys at birth[40], whereas Pkd1 null mice develop very severe cystic kidneys starting at e15.5 and are embryonically lethal424344. One explanation for the hypomorphic nature of the Pkd1 V allele would be that the resulting PC1 V has a partial, but otherwise redundant function of PC1 cFL to allow the animals to get through embryonic development, but is insufficient to prevent cystogenesis in the postnatal period. "
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    ABSTRACT: Polycystin-1 (PC1) plays an essential role in renal tubular morphogenesis, and PC1 dysfunction causes human autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. A fundamental characteristic of PC1 is post-translational modification via cleavage at the juxtamembrane GPCR proteolysis site (GPS) motif that is part of the larger GAIN domain. Given the considerable biochemical complexity of PC1 molecules generated in vivo by this process, GPS cleavage has several profound implications on the intracellular trafficking and localization in association with their particular function. The critical nature of GPS cleavage is further emphasized by the increasing numbers of PKD1 mutations that significantly affect this cleavage process. The GAIN domain with the GPS motif therefore represents the key structural element with fundamental importance for PC1 and might be polycystic kidney disease's (PKD) Achilles' heel in a large spectrum of PKD1 missense mutations. We highlight the central roles of PC1 cleavage for the regulation of its biogenesis, intracellular trafficking and function, as well as its significance in polycystic kidney disease.
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    • "Lack of functional PC1 displays much less Ca2+ influx in response to mechanical stimuli [13]. Moreover, PC1-deficient mice exhibit multiple developmental defects, including skeletal and vascular abnormalities [14], [15], [16]. Recent researches show that PC1 plays an important role in bone development through Runx2-dependent signaling cascade [17], [18]. "
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