Reticulon-4A (Nogo-A) Redistributes Protein Disulfide Isomerase to Protect Mice from SOD1-Dependent Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration, and Repair, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.34). 11/2009; 29(44):13850-9. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2312-09.2009
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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal motor neuron disease inherited in a small subset of patients. The SOD1(G93A) transgenic mouse models this subset of patients, and studies of this strain have suggested that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and deficits in ER chaperone function are contributors to ALS pathophysiology. Here, we demonstrate that the reticulon family of proteins is a novel regulator of the ER chaperone protein disulfide isomerase (PDI), and that through PDI, reticulon-4A (Nogo-A) can protect mice against the neurodegeneration that characterizes ALS. We show that overexpressing reticulon protein induces a punctate redistribution of PDI intracellularly, both in vitro and in vivo. Conversely, reduction of endogenous NogoA expression causes a more homogeneous expression pattern in vivo. These effects occur without induction of the unfolded protein response. To examine the effect of PDI redistribution on ALS disease progression, we conducted survival and behavior studies of SOD1(G93A) mice. Deletion of a single copy of the NogoA,B gene accelerates disease onset and progression, while deletion of both copies further worsens disease. We conclude that NogoA contributes to the proper function of the ER resident chaperone PDI, and is protective against ALS-like neurodegeneration. Our results provide a novel intracellular role for reticulon proteins and support the hypothesis that modulation of PDI function is a potential therapeutic approach to ALS.

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    • "PDI may protect against ER stress, inclusion formation and cell death associated with mutant SOD1 expression by modulating abnormal disulphide bond formation [27], [34]. In addition, the cellular distribution of PDI in mutant SOD1 transgenic mice modifies disease processes [35] and PDI is a constituent of TDP-43-positive or FUS-positive inclusions found in motor neurons of ALS patients [26], [36]. Cross-linking of TDP-43 via disulphide bonds alters its conformation and function [37], suggesting that PDI is a potential candidate for proteins that interact with TDP-43 and prevent TDP-43 misfolding. "
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    • "ER stress causes the redistribution of PDIA1 and PDIA3 from the ER to the cytosol [178], consistent with the notion that PDI in locations other than the ER is neuroprotective. Furthermore, one study demonstrated that overexpression of reticulon-4A (NOGO A) triggered the redistribution of PDI from the ER into vesicular-type structures localized in an undefined cellular compartment, both in vitro and in vivo, which occurred in the absence of the UPR [179]. Deletion of NOGO A, B from ALS mouse models, involving transgenic overexpression of mutant SOD1G93A, led to earlier onset and increased disease progression, indicating that reticulons mediate PDI function and redistribution in neurodegeneration [179]. "
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    • "For instance, a link between the early overexpression of RTN4A in ALS muscle fibers was found and consisted in an impairment of the neuromuscular junction, ultimately leading to motor neuron degeneration (Jokic et al. 2006). Additionally, RTN4A was protected from SOD1-dependent ASL by contributing to the correct functioning of the ER (Yang et al. 2009). Conversely, several reports indicate that RTN4A expression is not unique to this disorder (Wojcik et al. 2006; Pradat et al. 2007; Harel et al. 2009; Askanas et al. 2007). "
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