A γ-secretase-like intramembrane cleavage of TNFα by the GxGD aspartyl protease SPPL2b

Adolf Butenandt Institute, Department of Biochemistry, Laboratory for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Research, Ludwig Maximilians University, 80336 Munich, Germany.
Nature Cell Biology (Impact Factor: 19.68). 09/2006; 8(8):894-6. DOI: 10.1038/ncb1450
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Gamma-secretase and signal peptide peptidase (SPP) are unusual GxGD aspartyl proteases, which mediate intramembrane proteolysis. In addition to SPP, a family of SPP-like proteins (SPPLs) of unknown function has been identified. We demonstrate that SPPL2b utilizes multiple intramembrane cleavages to liberate the intracellular domain of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) into the cytosol and the carboxy-terminal counterpart into the extracellular space. These findings suggest common principles for regulated intramembrane proteolysis by GxGD aspartyl proteases.

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    • "The intramembrane protease Signal-peptide-peptidase-like 2a (SPPL2a) resides in lysosomes and late endosomes [1] and has been implicated in the processing of type 2 transmembrane proteins [2] including TNFa [3] [4], the Fas ligand [5], the Bri2 protein [6] and the invariant chain (CD74) of the MHCII complex [7]. Among these, only the latter has been confirmed in vivo. "
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    • "This structure showed that the catalytic aspartates residues that reside within opposing transmembrane domains are in close proximity to each other and the lipid membrane surface. Some, but not all, GSIs inhibit signal peptide peptidases as well, though this has not been systemically studied[36,41]. When considering biological activities of various GSIs this is an important and understudied caveat that could influence both biological response as well as potential toxicities. Indeed, it has been reported that SPP, and not PSEN1 or PSEN2, is the major binding target of a GSI in some cells, which likely reflects the fact that in most cells SPP is much more abundant then PSEN/γ-secretase[42]. "
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    • "It is also well documented that membrane-bound TNF or FasL are shed by cleavage with metalloproteases (TACE, ADAM10), leaving behind on the expressing cell the transmembrane segment and intracellular domain of the ligands. The transmembrane domain is thereafter processed by signal peptide peptidase-like aspartyl proteases that release in the producing cell the intracellular domains of TNF or FasL that can migrate and signal in the nucleus [36], [37], [38], [39]. The mechanism by which atacicept promoted CNS inflammation in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis remains unknown. "
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