[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Kidins220/ARMS is a transmembrane protein playing a crucial role in neuronal and cardiovascular development. Kidins220/ARMS is a downstream target of neurotrophin receptors and interacts with several signalling and trafficking factors. Through computational modelling, we found two potential sites for alternative splicing of Kidins220/ARMS. The first is located between exon 24 and exon 29, while the second site replaces exon 32 by a short alternative terminal exon 33. Here we describe the conserved occurrence of several Kidins220/ARMS splice isoforms at RNA and protein levels. Kidins220/ARMS splice isoforms display spatio-temporal regulation during development with distinct patterns in different neuronal populations. Neurotrophin receptor stimulation in cortical and hippocampal neurons and neuroendocrine cells induces specific Kidins220/ARMS splice isoforms and alters the appearance kinetics of the full-length transcript. Remarkably, alternative terminal exon splicing generates Kidins220/ARMS variants with distinct cellular localisation: Kidins220/ARMS containing exon 32 is targeted to the plasma membrane and neurite tips, whereas Kidins220/ARMS without exon 33 mainly clusters the full-length protein in a perinuclear intracellular compartment in PC12 cells and primary neurons, leading to a change in neurotrophin receptor expression. Overall, this study demonstrates the existence of novel Kidins220/ARMS splice isoforms with unique properties, revealing additional complexity in the functional regulation of neurotrophin receptors, and potentially other signalling pathways involved in neuronal and cardiovascular development.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Signaling downstream of receptor tyrosine kinases controls cell differentiation and survival. How signals from different receptors are integrated is, however, still poorly understood. In this work, we have identified Kidins220 (Kinase D interacting substrate of 220 kDa)/ARMS (Ankyrin repeat-rich membrane spanning) as a main player in the modulation of neurotrophin and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling in vivo, and a primary determinant for neuronal and cardiovascular development. Kidins220(-/-) embryos die at late stages of gestation, and show extensive cell death in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Primary neurons from Kidins220(-/-) mice exhibit reduced responsiveness to brain-derived neurotrophic factor, in terms of activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling, neurite outgrowth and potentiation of excitatory postsynaptic currents. In addition, mice lacking Kidins220 display striking cardiovascular abnormalities, possibly due to impaired VEGF signaling. In support of this hypothesis, we demonstrate that Kidins220 constitutively interacts with VEGFR2. These findings, together with the data presented in the accompanying paper, indicate that Kidins220 mediates the integration of several growth factor receptor pathways during development, and mediates the activation of distinct downstream cascades according to the location and timing of stimulation.
Full-text · Article · Nov 2011 · Cell death and differentiation
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The growth factor family of neurotrophins has major roles both inside and outside the nervous system. Here, we report a detailed histological analysis of key phenotypes generated by the ablation of the Kinase D interacting substrate of 220 kDa/Ankyrin repeat-rich membrane spanning (Kidins220/ARMS) protein, a membrane-anchored scaffold for the neurotrophin receptors Trk and p75(NTR). Kidins220 is important for heart development, as shown by the severe defects in the outflow tract and ventricle wall formation displayed by the Kidins220 mutant mice. Kidins220 is also important for peripheral nervous system development, as the loss of Kidins220 in vivo caused extensive apoptosis of DRGs and other sensory ganglia. Moreover, the neuronal-specific deletion of this protein leads to early postnatal death, showing that Kidins220 also has a critical function in the postnatal brain.
Full-text · Article · Nov 2011 · Cell Death & Disease