Increased cell surface expression of C‐terminal truncated erythropoietin receptors in polycythemia

ArticleinEuropean Journal Of Haematology 67(2):88 - 93 · August 2001with12 Reads
DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0609.2001.t01-1-00446.x
Primary familial and congenital polycythemia (PFCP) is a disorder characterized by an increased number of erythrocytes despite normal blood oxygen pressure and a normal serum erythropoietin (EPO) level. Recent studies revealed that erythroid progenitor cells from certain individuals with PFCP express various forms of EPO receptor (EPOR) truncated at the terminal carboxyl site (EPOR-TTC(PFCP)). EPOR-TTC(PFCP) can transmit EPO-mediated proliferative signals more efficiently than can full-length EPOR (EPOR-F), at least partly because of defective recruitment of SHP-1 phosphatase to these receptors. In agreement with previous studies, Ba/F3 transfectants expressing EPOR-TTC(PFCP) showed higher proliferative responses to EPO. In those transfectants, we found that EPOR-TTC(PFCP) was expressed more abundantly on the cell surface than was EPOR-F. This tendency was confirmed by a transient-expression experiment using COS7 cells. Since expression levels of EPOR protein were not significantly different among these transfectants, differences in cell surface expression were likely dependent on post-translational mechanism(s). In addition to defective recruitment of SHP-1 to EPOR-TTC(PFCP), more efficient transport and expression on the cell surface appear to serve as mechanisms responsible for increased EPO-responsiveness of erythroid progenitor cells in PFCP.


    • "Also lacking is a proposed cytoplasmic binding motif for a BTRC E3 ubiquitin ligase [20]. One hypothesis advanced for enhanced functional attributes of EPOR-T alleles has involved a prediction that such truncated receptor forms might be substantially compromised in internalization capacities (and consequently may reside persistently on the surface of erythroid progenitors) [13,14,15,48,49]. Recent studies of mutated EPOR alleles in transfected gamma-2A and BaF3 cells also are consistent with this notion [18,19]. "
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    • "In that respect, JAK2 was shown to bind to the cytosolic domain of EPO-R and to promote cell-surface localization of the receptor [20,32]. Deletion of the EPO-R intracellular cytosolic domain was associated with higher surface levels of the receptor [33,34], further supporting the role of the EPO-R intracellular domain in its surface expression. The NPXY motif is a well-characterized internalization signal responsible for clathrin-mediated endocytosis that is present "
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