bims-proteo Biomed News
on Proteostasis
Issue of 2020‒11‒22
38 papers selected by
Eric Chevet

  1. Bioessays. 2020 Nov 18. e2000212
      Autophagy functions in both selective and non-selective ways to maintain cellular homeostasis. Endoplasmic reticulum autophagy (ER-phagy) is a subclass of autophagy responsible for the degradation of the endoplasmic reticulum through selective encapsulation into autophagosomes. ER-phagy occurs both under physiological conditions and in response to stress cues, and plays a crucial role in maintaining the homeostatic control of the organelle. Although specific receptors that target parts of the ER membrane, as well as, internal proteins for lysosomal degradation have been identified, the molecular regulation of ER-phagy has been elusive. Recent work has uncovered novel regulators of ER-phagy that involve post-translational modifications of ER-resident proteins and functional cross-talk with other cellular processes. Herein, we discuss how morphology affects the function of the peripheral ER, and how ER-phagy modulates the turnover of this organelle. We also address how ER-phagy is regulated at the molecular level, considering implications relevant to human diseases.
    Keywords:  ER-phagy; N-degron; UFMylation; autophagy; endoplasmic reticulum; lysosome; protein degradation; proteolysis
  2. Front Physiol. 2020 ;11 1022
      Ubiquitination is a dynamic post-translational modification that regulates the fate of proteins and therefore modulates a myriad of cellular functions. At the last step of this sophisticated enzymatic cascade, E3 ubiquitin ligases selectively direct ubiquitin attachment to specific substrates. Altogether, the ∼800 distinct E3 ligases, combined to the exquisite variety of ubiquitin chains and types that can be formed at multiple sites on thousands of different substrates confer to ubiquitination versatility and infinite possibilities to control biological functions. E3 ubiquitin ligases have been shown to regulate behaviors of proteins, from their activation, trafficking, subcellular distribution, interaction with other proteins, to their final degradation. Largely known for tagging proteins for their degradation by the proteasome, E3 ligases also direct ubiquitinated proteins and more largely cellular content (organelles, ribosomes, etc.) to destruction by autophagy. This multi-step machinery involves the creation of double membrane autophagosomes in which engulfed material is degraded after fusion with lysosomes. Cooperating in sustaining homeostasis, actors of ubiquitination, proteasome and autophagy pathways are impaired or mutated in wide range of human diseases. From initial discovery of pathogenic mutations in the E3 ligase encoding for E6-AP in Angelman syndrome and Parkin in juvenile forms of Parkinson disease, the number of E3 ligases identified as causal gene for neurological diseases has considerably increased within the last years. In this review, we provide an overview of these diseases, by classifying the E3 ubiquitin ligase types and categorizing the neurological signs. We focus on the Gigaxonin-E3 ligase, mutated in giant axonal neuropathy and present a comprehensive analysis of the spectrum of mutations and the recent biological models that permitted to uncover novel mechanisms of action. Then, we discuss the common functions shared by Gigaxonin and the other E3 ligases in cytoskeleton architecture, cell signaling and autophagy. In particular, we emphasize their pivotal roles in controlling multiple steps of the autophagy pathway. In light of the various targets and extending functions sustained by a single E3 ligase, we finally discuss the challenge in understanding the complex pathological cascade underlying disease and in designing therapeutic approaches that can apprehend this complexity.
    Keywords:  E3 ligase; Gigaxonin; autophagy; cell signaling; cytoskeleton; neurodegenerative disease; neurodevelopmental disease; ubiquitin
  3. Cell Signal. 2020 Nov 15. pii: S0898-6568(20)30313-2. [Epub ahead of print] 109836
      Numerous proteins participate and actively contribute to the various cellular mechanisms, where several of them are crucial for regular metabolism, including survival. Thus, to maintain optimal cellular physiology, cells govern protein quality control functions with the assistance of comprehensive actions of molecular chaperones, the ubiquitin-proteasome system, and autophagy. In the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, few quality control E3 ubiquitin ligases actively participate against misfolded protein aggregation generated via stress conditions. But how these quality control E3s active expression levels returned to basal levels when cells achieved re-establishment of proteostasis is still poorly understood. Our current study demonstrated that LRSAM1 E3 ubiquitin ligase promotes the proteasomal degradation of quality control E3 ubiquitin ligase E6-AP. We have observed the co-localization and recruitment of LRSAM1 with E6-AP protein and noticed that LRSAM1 induces the endogenous turnover of E6-AP. Partial depletion of LRSAM1 elevates the levels of E6-AP and affects overall cell cycle regulatory proteins (p53 and p27) expression, including the rate of cellular proliferation. The current finding also provides an excellent opportunity to better understand the basis of the E6-AP associated pathomechanism of Angelman Syndrome disorder. Additionally, this study touches upon the novel potential molecular strategy to regulate the levels of one quality control E3 ubiquitin ligase another E3 ubiquitin ligase and restore proteostasis and provide a possible therapeutic approach against abnormal protein aggregation diseases.
    Keywords:  Chaperone; E6-AP; LRSAM1; Misfolded proteins; Neurodegeneration; Proteasome
  4. Mol Cell. 2020 Nov 12. pii: S1097-2765(20)30775-9. [Epub ahead of print]
      Protein aggregates disrupt cellular homeostasis, causing toxicity linked to neurodegeneration. Selective autophagic elimination of aggregates is critical to protein quality control, but how aggregates are selectively targeted for degradation is unclear. We compared the requirements for autophagy receptor proteins: OPTN, NBR1, p62, NDP52, and TAX1BP1 in clearance of proteotoxic aggregates. Endogenous TAX1BP1 is recruited to and required for the clearance of stress-induced aggregates, whereas ectopic expression of TAX1BP1 increases clearance through autophagy, promoting viability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons. In contrast, TAX1BP1 depletion sensitizes cells to several forms of aggregate-induced proteotoxicity. Furthermore, TAX1BP1 is more specifically expressed in the brain compared to other autophagy receptor proteins. In vivo, loss of TAX1BP1 results in accumulation of high molecular weight ubiquitin conjugates and premature lipofuscin accumulation in brains of young TAX1BP1 knockout mice. TAX1BP1 mediates clearance of a broad range of cytotoxic proteins indicating therapeutic potential in neurodegenerative diseases.
    Keywords:  Huntington’s disease; OPTN; aggregate; aggrephagy; autophagy receptor; p62; proteostasis; proteotoxic stress; selective autophagy; ubiquitin
  5. EMBO J. 2020 Nov 20. e103303
      HOIP, the catalytic component of the linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex (LUBAC), is a critical regulator of inflammation. However, how HOIP itself is regulated to control inflammatory responses is unclear. Here, we discover that site-specific ubiquitination of K784 within human HOIP promotes tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-induced inflammatory signaling. A HOIP K784R mutant is catalytically active but shows reduced induction of an NF-κB reporter relative to wild-type HOIP. HOIP K784 is evolutionarily conserved, equivalent to HOIP K778 in mice. We generated HoipK778R/K778R knock-in mice, which show no overt developmental phenotypes; however, in response to TNF, HoipK778R/K778R mouse embryonic fibroblasts display mildly suppressed NF-κB activation and increased apoptotic markers. On the other hand, HOIP K778R enhances the TNF-induced formation of TNFR complex II and an interaction between TNFR complex II and LUBAC. Loss of the LUBAC component SHARPIN leads to embryonic lethality in HoipK778R/K778R mice, which is rescued by knockout of TNFR1. We propose that site-specific ubiquitination of HOIP regulates a LUBAC-dependent switch between survival and apoptosis in TNF signaling.
    Keywords:  HOIP E3 ligase; TNF; apoptosis; linear ubiquitination; skin inflammation
  6. J Clin Invest. 2020 Nov 19. pii: 128650. [Epub ahead of print]
      ABSTRACTIndividuals harboring the loss-of-function (LOF) proprotein convertase subtilising/kexin type 9 Gln152His variation (PCSK9Q152H) have low circulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and are therefore protected against cardiovascular disease (CVD). This uncleavable form of pro-PCSK9, however, is retained in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of liver hepatocytes where it would be expected to contribute to ER storage disease (ERSD); a heritable condition known to cause systemic ER stress and liver injury. Here, we examined liver function in members of several French-Canadian families known to carry the PCSK9Q152H variation. We report that PCSK9Q152H carriers exhibited marked hypocholesterolemia and normal liver function despite their lifelong state of ER PCSK9 retention. Mechanistically, hepatic overexpression of PCSK9Q152H using adeno-associated viruses in male mice greatly increased the stability of key ER stress response chaperones in liver hepatocytes and unexpectedly protected against ER stress and liver injury rather than to induce them. Our findings show that ER retention of PCSK9 not only reduced CVD risk in patients but may also protect against ERSD and other ER stress-driven conditions of the liver. In summary, we have uncovered a co-chaperone function for PCSK9Q152H that explains its hepatoprotective effects and generated a translational mouse model for further mechanistic insights into this clinically relevant LOF PCSK9 variant.
    Keywords:  Atherosclerosis; Cell stress; Cholesterol; Hepatology; Vascular Biology
  7. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2020 Nov 18.
      Tau protein aggregates are a recognized neuropathological feature in Alzheimer's disease as well as many other neurodegenerative disorders, known as tauopathies. The development of tau-targeting therapies is therefore extremely important but efficient strategies or protein targets are still unclear. Here, we performed a cell-based phenotypic screening under endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress conditions and identified a small molecule, SB1617, capable of suppressing abnormal tau protein aggregation. By applying label-free target identification technology, we revealed that the transient enhancement of protein kinase-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK) signaling pathway through the inhibition of stress-responsive SB1617 targets, PDIA3 and DNAJC3, is an effective strategy for regulating proteostasis in tauopathies. The molecular mechanism and the promising efficacy of SB1617 were demonstrated in neuronal cells and a mouse model with traumatic brain injury, a tauopathy known to involve ER stress.
    Keywords:  ER stress response; PERK signalling; proteostasis; target Identification; tauopathies
  8. FASEB J. 2020 Nov 15.
      Autophagy, a cellular stress response to starvation and bacterial infection, is executed by double-membrane-bound organelles called autophagosomes. Autophagosomes transfer cytosolic material to acidified lysosomes for degradation following soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment receptor (SNARE)-dependent fusion processes. Many of the autophagy-related disorders stem from defective end-step proteolysis inside lysosomes. The role of epithelial cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) chloride channel has been argued to be critical for efficient lysosomal clearance; however, its context to autophagic clearance and the underlying mechanism is poorly defined. Here, we report that syntaxin17 (Stx17), an autophagic SNARE protein interacts with CFTR under nutritional stress and bacterial infection and incorporates it into mature autophagosomes to mediate an efficient lysosomal clearance. Lack of CFTR function and Stx17 and loss of CFTR-Stx17 interaction impairs bacterial clearance. We discover a specialized role of the Stx17-CFTR protein complex that is critical to prevent defective autophagy as has been the reported scenario in CF airway epithelial cells, infectious diseases, and lysosomal clearance disorders.
    Keywords:  SNARE proteins; autophagy; cystic fibrosis; cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator; lysosomal clearance
  9. EMBO J. 2020 Nov 20. e104532
      Metabolic fitness of T cells is crucial for immune responses against infections and tumorigenesis. Both the T cell receptor (TCR) signal and environmental cues contribute to the induction of T cell metabolic reprogramming, but the underlying mechanism is incompletely understood. Here, we identified the E3 ubiquitin ligase Peli1 as an important regulator of T cell metabolism and antitumor immunity. Peli1 ablation profoundly promotes tumor rejection, associated with increased tumor-infiltrating CD4 and CD8 T cells. The Peli1-deficient T cells display markedly stronger metabolic activities, particularly glycolysis, than wild-type T cells. Peli1 controls the activation of a metabolic kinase, mTORC1, stimulated by both the TCR signal and growth factors, and this function of Peli1 is mediated through regulation of the mTORC1-inhibitory proteins, TSC1 and TSC2. Peli1 mediates non-degradative ubiquitination of TSC1, thereby promoting TSC1-TSC2 dimerization and TSC2 stabilization. These results establish Peli1 as a novel regulator of mTORC1 and downstream mTORC1-mediated actions on T cell metabolism and antitumor immunity.
    Keywords:  Peli1; T cell metabolism; antitumor immunity; mTORC1; ubiquitination
  10. Cell Death Differ. 2020 Nov 20.
      X-box binding protein-1 (XBP1) is a transcription factor that plays a central role in controlling cellular responses to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Under stress conditions, the transcriptionally active form of XBP1 is generated via splicing of Xbp1 mRNA by the ER-resident protein inositol-requiring enzyme-1 (IRE1α). Genetic deletion of XBP1 has multiple consequences: some resulting from the loss of the transcription factor per se, and others related to compensatory activation of IRE1α. The objective of the current study was to investigate the effects of XBP1 deletion in adult mouse liver and determine to what extent they are direct or indirect. XBP1 was deleted from hepatocytes in adult Xbp1fl/fl mice using AAV8-Transthyretin-Cre (Xbp1Δhep). Xbp1Δhep mice exhibited no liver disease at baseline, but developed acute biochemical and histologic liver injury in response to a dietary challenge with fructose for 4 weeks. Fructose-mediated liver injury in Xbp1Δhep mice coincided with heightened IRE1α activity, as demonstrated by Xbp1 mRNA splicing, JNK activation, and regulated IRE1α-dependent RNA decay (RIDD). Activation of eIF2α was also evident, with associated up-regulation of the pro-apoptotic molecules CHOP, BIM, and PUMA. To determine whether the adverse consequences of liver-specific XBP1 deletion were due to XBP1 loss or heightened IRE1α activity, we repeated a fructose challenge in mice with liver-specific deletion of both XBP1 and IRE1α (Xbp1Δhep;Ire1aΔhep). Xbp1Δhep;Ire1aΔhep mice were protected from fructose-mediated liver injury and failed to exhibit any of the signs of ER stress seen in mice lacking XBP1 alone. The protective effect of IRE1α deletion persisted even with long-term exposure to fructose. Xbp1Δhep mice developed liver fibrosis at 16 weeks, but Xbp1Δhep;Ire1aΔhep mice did not. Overall, the results indicate that the deleterious effects of hepatocyte-specific XBP1 deletion are due primarily to hyperactivation of IRE1α. They support further exploration of IRE1α as a contributor to acute and chronic liver diseases.
  11. Cells. 2020 Nov 17. pii: E2495. [Epub ahead of print]9(11):
      Parkinson's disease (PD) is a multifactorial age-related movement disorder in which defects of both mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) have been reported. The unfolded protein response (UPR) has emerged as a key cellular dysfunction associated with the etiology of the disease. The UPR involves a coordinated response initiated in the endoplasmic reticulum that grants the correct folding of proteins. This review gives insights on the ER and its functioning; the UPR signaling cascades; and the link between ER stress, UPR activation, and physiopathology of PD. Thus, post-mortem studies and data obtained by either in vitro and in vivo pharmacological approaches or by genetic modulation of PD causative genes are described. Further, we discuss the relevance and impact of the UPR to sporadic and genetic PD pathology.
    Keywords:  Parkinson’s disease; genetics; reticulum endoplasmic; unfolded protein response
  12. Biomolecules. 2020 Nov 16. pii: E1559. [Epub ahead of print]10(11):
      Mitochondria are constantly subjected to stressful conditions due to their unique physiology and organization. The resulting damage leads to mitochondrial dysfunction, which underlies many pathophysiological conditions. Hence, constant surveillance is required to closely monitor mitochondrial health for sound maintenance of cellular metabolism and thus, for viability. In addition to internal mitochondrial chaperones and proteases, mitochondrial health is also governed by host cell protein quality control systems. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) and autophagy constitute the main pathways for removal of damaged or superfluous proteins in the cytosol, nucleus, and from certain organelles such as the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) and mitochondria. Although stress-induced ubiquitin-dependent degradation of mitochondrial outer membrane proteins has been widely studied, mechanisms of intramitochondrial protein ubiquitination has remained largely elusive due to the predominantly cytosolic nature of UPS components, separated from internal mitochondrial proteins by a double membrane. However, recent research has illuminated examples of intramitochondrial protein ubiquitination pathways and highlighted their importance under basal and stressful conditions. Owing to the dependence of mitochondria on the error-prone process of protein import from the cytosol, it is imperative that the cell eliminate any accumulated proteins in the event of mitochondrial protein import deficiency. Apparently, a significant portion of this activity involves ubiquitination in one way or another. In the present review article, following a brief introduction to mitochondrial protein quality control mechanisms, we discuss our recent understanding of intramitochondrial protein ubiquitination, its importance for basal function of mitochondria, metabolic implications, and possible therapeutic applications.
    Keywords:  autophagy; metabolism; mitochondria; mitophagy; proteasome; protein import; protein quality control; proteolysis; ubiquitin
  13. Nat Commun. 2020 11 17. 11(1): 5840
      Protein biogenesis is essential in all cells and initiates when a nascent polypeptide emerges from the ribosome exit tunnel, where multiple ribosome-associated protein biogenesis factors (RPBs) direct nascent proteins to distinct fates. How distinct RPBs spatiotemporally coordinate with one another to affect accurate protein biogenesis is an emerging question. Here, we address this question by studying the role of a cotranslational chaperone, nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC), in regulating substrate selection by signal recognition particle (SRP), a universally conserved protein targeting machine. We show that mammalian SRP and SRP receptors (SR) are insufficient to generate the biologically required specificity for protein targeting to the endoplasmic reticulum. NAC co-binds with and remodels the conformational landscape of SRP on the ribosome to regulate its interaction kinetics with SR, thereby reducing the nonspecific targeting of signalless ribosomes and pre-emptive targeting of ribosomes with short nascent chains. Mathematical modeling demonstrates that the NAC-induced regulations of SRP activity are essential for the fidelity of cotranslational protein targeting. Our work establishes a molecular model for how NAC acts as a triage factor to prevent protein mislocalization, and demonstrates how the macromolecular crowding of RPBs at the ribosome exit site enhances the fidelity of substrate selection into individual protein biogenesis pathways.
  14. FEBS J. 2020 Nov 19.
      The 26S proteasome is responsible for regulated proteolysis in eukaryotic cells. Its substrates are diverse in structure, function, sequence length, and amino acid composition, and are targeted to the proteasome by post-translational modification with ubiquitin. Ubiquitination occurs through a complex enzymatic cascade and can also signal for other cellular events, unrelated to proteasome-catalyzed degradation. Like other post-translational protein modifications, ubiquitination is reversible, with ubiquitin chain hydrolysis catalyzed by the action of deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs), ~90 of which exist in humans and allow for temporal events as well as dynamic ubiquitin-chain remodeling. DUBs have been known for decades to be an integral part of the proteasome, as deubiquitination is coupled to substrate unfolding and translocation into the internal degradation chamber. Moreover, the proteasome also binds several ubiquitinating enzymes as well as shuttle factors that recruit ubiquitinated substrates. The role of this intricate machinery and how ubiquitinated substrates interact with proteasomes remains an area of active investigation. Here, we review what has been learned about the mechanisms used by the proteasome to bind ubiquitinated substrates, substrate shuttle factors, ubiquitination machinery, and DUBs. We also discuss many open questions that require further study or the development of innovative approaches to be answered. Finally, we address the promise of expanded therapeutic targeting that could benefit from such new discoveries.
  15. Nature. 2020 Nov 18.
      Effective and sustained inhibition of non-enzymatic oncogenic driver proteins is a major pharmacological challenge. The clinical success of thalidomide analogues demonstrates the therapeutic efficacy of drug-induced degradation of transcription factors and other cancer targets1-3, but a substantial subset of proteins are resistant to targeted degradation using existing approaches4,5. Here we report an alternative mechanism of targeted protein degradation, in which a small molecule induces the highly specific, reversible polymerization of a target protein, followed by its sequestration into cellular foci and subsequent degradation. BI-3802 is a small molecule that binds to the Broad-complex, Tramtrack and Bric-à-brac (BTB) domain of the oncogenic transcription factor B cell lymphoma 6 (BCL6) and leads to the proteasomal degradation of BCL66. We use cryo-electron microscopy to reveal how the solvent-exposed moiety of a BCL6-binding molecule contributes to a composite ligand-protein surface that engages BCL6 homodimers to form a supramolecular structure. Drug-induced formation of BCL6 filaments facilitates ubiquitination by the SIAH1 E3 ubiquitin ligase. Our findings demonstrate that a small molecule such as BI-3802 can induce polymerization coupled to highly specific protein degradation, which in the case of BCL6 leads to increased pharmacological activity compared to the effects induced by other BCL6 inhibitors. These findings open new avenues for the development of therapeutic agents and synthetic biology.
  16. Nat Rev Cancer. 2020 Nov 19.
      Protein handling, modification and folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) are tightly regulated processes that determine cell function, fate and survival. In several tumour types, diverse oncogenic, transcriptional and metabolic abnormalities cooperate to generate hostile microenvironments that disrupt ER homeostasis in malignant and stromal cells, as well as infiltrating leukocytes. These changes provoke a state of persistent ER stress that has been demonstrated to govern multiple pro-tumoural attributes in the cancer cell while dynamically reprogramming the function of innate and adaptive immune cells. Aberrant activation of ER stress sensors and their downstream signalling pathways have therefore emerged as key regulators of tumour growth and metastasis as well as response to chemotherapy, targeted therapies and immunotherapy. In this Review, we discuss the physiological inducers of ER stress in the tumour milieu, the interplay between oncogenic signalling and ER stress response pathways in the cancer cell and the profound immunomodulatory effects of sustained ER stress responses in tumours.
  17. iScience. 2020 Oct 23. 23(10): 101603
      Lipid composition varies among organelles, and the distinct lipid composition is important for specific functions of each membrane. Lipid transport between organelles, which is critical for the maintenance of membrane lipid composition, occurs by either vesicular or non-vesicular mechanisms. In yeast, ceramide synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is transported to the Golgi apparatus where inositolphosphorylceramide (IPC) is formed. Here we show that a fraction of Tcb3p, a yeast tricalbin protein, localizes to ER-Golgi contact sites. Tcb3p and their homologs Tcb1p and Tcb2p are required for formation of ER-Golgi contacts and non-vesicular ceramide transport. Absence of Tcb1p, Tcb2p, and Tcb3p increases acylceramide synthesis and subsequent lipid droplet (LD) formation. As LD can sequester excess lipids, we propose that tricalbins act as regulators of ceramide transport at ER-Golgi contact sites to help reduce a potentially toxic accumulation of ceramides.
    Keywords:  Cell Biology; Functional Aspects of Cell Biology
  18. Am J Hum Genet. 2020 Nov 17. pii: S0002-9297(20)30399-2. [Epub ahead of print]
      The myosin-directed chaperone UNC-45B is essential for sarcomeric organization and muscle function from Caenorhabditis elegans to humans. The pathological impact of UNC-45B in muscle disease remained elusive. We report ten individuals with bi-allelic variants in UNC45B who exhibit childhood-onset progressive muscle weakness. We identified a common UNC45B variant that acts as a complex hypomorph splice variant. Purified UNC-45B mutants showed changes in folding and solubility. In situ localization studies further demonstrated reduced expression of mutant UNC-45B in muscle combined with abnormal localization away from the A-band towards the Z-disk of the sarcomere. The physiological relevance of these observations was investigated in C. elegans by transgenic expression of conserved UNC-45 missense variants, which showed impaired myosin binding for one and defective muscle function for three. Together, our results demonstrate that UNC-45B impairment manifests as a chaperonopathy with progressive muscle pathology, which discovers the previously unknown conserved role of UNC-45B in myofibrillar organization.
    Keywords:  C. elegans; UNC-45; UNC45B; chaperone; core myopathy; muscle; myofibrillar; myosin; sarcomere
  19. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2020 Nov 18. pii: mcp.RA120.002168. [Epub ahead of print]
      Thyroglobulin (Tg) is a secreted iodoglycoprotein serving as the precursor for T3 and T4 hormones. Many characterized Tg gene mutations produce secretion-defective variants resulting in congenital hypothyroidism (CH). Tg processing and secretion is controlled by extensive interactions with chaperone, trafficking, and degradation factors comprising the secretory proteostasis network. While dependencies on individual proteostasis network components are known, the integration of proteostasis pathways mediating Tg protein quality control and the molecular basis of mutant Tg misprocessing remain poorly understood. We employ a multiplexed quantitative affinity purification-mass spectrometry approach to define the Tg proteostasis interactome and changes between WT and several CH-variants. Mutant Tg processing is associated with common imbalances in proteostasis engagement including increased chaperoning, oxidative folding, and engagement by targeting factors for ER-associated degradation (ERAD). Furthermore, we reveal mutation-specific changes in engagement with N-glycosylation components, suggesting distinct requirements for one Tg variant on dual engagement of both oligosaccharyltransferase complex isoforms for degradation. Modulating dysregulated proteostasis components and pathways may serve as a therapeutic strategy to restore Tg secretion and thyroid hormone biosynthesis.
    Keywords:  Affinity proteomics; Cell secretion*; Congenital Hypothyrodism; Interactomics; Protein Folding*; Protein-Protein Interactions*; Proteostasis; Tandem Mass Spectrometry; Tandem Mass Tags
  20. Front Mol Biosci. 2020 ;7 575608
      The transforming growth factor signaling pathway (TGFβ) controls a wide range of cellular activities in adulthood as well as during embryogenesis including cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis, immunological responses and other cellular functions. Therefore, germline mutations in components of the pathway have given rise to a heterogeneous spectrum of hereditary diseases with variable phenotypes associated with malformations in the cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems. Our extensive literature and database searches revealed 47 monogenic diseases associated with germline mutations in 24 out of 41 gene variant encoding for TGFβ components. Most of the TGFβ components are membrane or secretory proteins and they are therefore expected to pass through the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), where fidelity of proteins folding is stringently monitored via the ER quality control machineries. Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of mutant proteins' folding and trafficking showed the implication of ER associated protein degradation (ERAD) in the pathogenesis of some of the diseases. For example, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia types 1 and 2 (HHT1 and HHT2) and familial pulmonary arterial hypertension (FPAH) associated with mutations in Endoglin, ALK1 and BMPR2 components of the signaling pathway, respectively, have all exhibited loss of function phenotype as a result of ER retention of some of their disease-causing variants. In some cases, this has led to premature protein degradation through the proteasomal pathway. We anticipate that ERAD will be involved in the mechanisms of other TGFβ signaling components and therefore warrants further research. In this review, we highlight advances in ER quality control mechanisms and their modulation as a potential therapeutic target in general with particular focus on prospect of their implementation in the treatment of monogenic diseases associated with TGFβ components including HHT1, HHT2, and PAH. In particular, we emphasis the need to establish disease mechanisms and to implement such novel approaches in modulating the molecular pathway of mutant TGFβ components in the quest for restoring protein folding and trafficking as a therapeutic approach.
    Keywords:  ALK1; BMPR2; ERAD; endoglin; hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia; pulmonary arterial hypertension; transforming growth factor
  21. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2020 ;7 585309
      Heart failure is a serious comorbidity and the most common cause of mortality in diabetes patients. Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) features impaired cellular structure and function, culminating in heart failure; however, there is a dearth of specific clinical therapy for treating DCM. Protein homeostasis is pivotal for the maintenance of cellular viability under physiological and pathological conditions, particularly in the irreplaceable cardiomyocytes; therefore, it is tightly regulated by a protein quality control (PQC) system. Three evolutionarily conserved molecular processes, the unfolded protein response (UPR), the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), and autophagy, enhance protein turnover and preserve protein homeostasis by suppressing protein translation, degrading misfolded or unfolded proteins in cytosol or organelles, disposing of damaged and toxic proteins, recycling essential amino acids, and eliminating insoluble protein aggregates. In response to increased cellular protein demand under pathological insults, including the diabetic condition, a coordinated PQC system retains cardiac protein homeostasis and heart performance, on the contrary, inappropriate PQC function exaggerates cardiac proteotoxicity with subsequent heart dysfunction. Further investigation of the PQC mechanisms in diabetes propels a more comprehensive understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of DCM and opens new prospective treatment strategies for heart disease and heart failure in diabetes patients. In this review, the function and regulation of cardiac PQC machinery in diabetes mellitus, and the therapeutic potential for the diabetic heart are discussed.
    Keywords:  autophagy; cardiovascular disease; diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM); proteasome; protein quality control (PQC); proteostasis; unfolded protein response
  22. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2020 ;8 582361
      The small modifier protein, ubiquitin, holds a special place in eukaryotic biology because of its myriad post-translational effects that control normal cellular processes and are implicated in various diseases. By being covalently conjugated onto other proteins, ubiquitin changes their interaction landscape - fostering new interactions as well as inhibiting others - and ultimately deciding the fate of its substrates and controlling pathways that span most cell physiology. Ubiquitin can be attached onto other proteins as a monomer or as a poly-ubiquitin chain of diverse structural topologies. Among the types of poly-ubiquitin species generated are ones detached from another substrate - comprising solely ubiquitin as their constituent - referred to as unanchored, or free chains. Considered to be toxic byproducts, these species have recently emerged to have specific physiological functions in immune pathways and during cell stress. Free chains also do not appear to be detrimental to multi-cellular organisms; they can be active members of the ubiquitination process, rather than corollary species awaiting disassembly into mono-ubiquitin. Here, we summarize past and recent studies on unanchored ubiquitin chains, paying special attention to their emerging roles as second messengers in several signaling pathways. These investigations paint complex and flexible outcomes for free ubiquitin chains, and present a revised model of unanchored poly-ubiquitin biology that is in need of additional investigation.
    Keywords:  NF-κB; cell stress; deubiquitinase; immune system; ligase; poly-ubiquitin; proteasome; protein quality control
  23. Life Sci. 2020 Nov 11. pii: S0024-3205(20)31493-4. [Epub ahead of print] 118740
      The endoplasmic reticulum is primarily responsible for protein folding and maturation. However, the organelle is subject to varied stress conditions from time to time, which lead to the activation of a signaling program known as the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) pathway. This pathway, upon sensing any disturbance in the protein-folding milieu sends signals to the nucleus and cytoplasm in order to restore homeostasis. One of the prime UPR signaling sensors is Inositol-requiring enzyme 1 (IRE1); an ER membrane embedded protein with dual enzyme activities, kinase and endoribonuclease. The ribonuclease activity of IRE1 results in Xbp1 splicing in mammals or Hac1 splicing in yeast. However, IRE1 can switch its substrate specificity to the mRNAs that are co-transnationally transported to the ER, a phenomenon known as Regulated IRE1 Dependent Decay (RIDD). IRE1 is also reported to act as a principal molecule that coordinates with other proteins and signaling pathways, which in turn might be responsible for its regulation. The current review highlights studies on IRE1 explaining the structural features and molecular mechanism behind its ribonuclease outputs. The emphasis is also laid on the molecular effectors, which directly or indirectly interact with IRE1 to either modulate its function or connect it to other pathways. This is important in understanding the functional pleiotropy of IRE1, by which it can switch its activity from pro-survival to pro-apoptotic, thus determining the fate of cells.
    Keywords:  Divergent cell fates; ER-stress; Inositol-requiring enzyme 1(IRE1); Regulated IRE1 Dependent Decay (RIDD); Unfolded Protein Response (UPR); X-box protein 1 (Xbp1)
  24. Front Aging Neurosci. 2020 ;12 268
      Protein homeostasis, or proteostasis, is a combination of cellular processes that govern protein quality control, namely, protein translation, folding, processing, and degradation. Disruptions in these processes can lead to protein misfolding and aggregation. Proteostatic disruption can lead to cellular changes such as endoplasmic reticulum or oxidative stress; organelle dysfunction; and, if continued, to cell death. A majority of neurodegenerative diseases involve the pathologic aggregation of proteins that subverts normal neuronal function. While prior reviews of neuronal proteostasis in neurodegenerative processes have focused on cytoplasmic chaperones, there is increasing evidence that chaperones secreted both by neurons and other brain cells in the extracellular - including transsynaptic - space play important roles in neuronal proteostasis. In this review, we will introduce various secreted chaperones involved in neurodegeneration. We begin with clusterin and discuss its identification in various protein aggregates, and the use of increased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) clusterin as a potential biomarker and as a potential therapeutic. Our next secreted chaperone is progranulin; polymorphisms in this gene represent a known genetic risk factor for frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and progranulin overexpression has been found to be effective in reducing Alzheimer's- and Parkinson's-like neurodegenerative phenotypes in mouse models. We move on to BRICHOS domain-containing proteins, a family of proteins containing highly potent anti-amyloidogenic activity; we summarize studies describing the biochemical mechanisms by which recombinant BRICHOS protein might serve as a therapeutic agent. The next section of the review is devoted to the secreted chaperones 7B2 and proSAAS, small neuronal proteins which are packaged together with neuropeptides and released during synaptic activity. Since proteins can be secreted by both classical secretory and non-classical mechanisms, we also review the small heat shock proteins (sHsps) that can be secreted from the cytoplasm to the extracellular environment and provide evidence for their involvement in extracellular proteostasis and neuroprotection. Our goal in this review focusing on extracellular chaperones in neurodegenerative disease is to summarize the most recent literature relating to neurodegeneration for each secreted chaperone; to identify any common mechanisms; and to point out areas of similarity as well as differences between the secreted chaperones identified to date.
    Keywords:  7B2; BRICHOS; clusterin; neurodegeneration; proSAAS; progranulin; proteostasis; sHsp
  25. J Biol Chem. 2020 Nov 16. pii: jbc.RA120.016210. [Epub ahead of print]
      Proper brain development and function requires finely controlled mechanisms for protein turnover and disruption of genes involved in proteostasis is a common cause of neurodevelopmental disorders. Kelch-like 15 (KLHL15) is a substrate adaptor for cullin3 (Cul3)-containing E3 ubiquitin ligases and KLHL15 gene mutations were recently described as a cause of severe X-linked intellectual disability (XLID). Here, we used a bioinformatics approach to identify a family of neuronal microtubule-associated proteins (MAPs) as KLHL15 substrates, which are themselves critical for early brain development. We biochemically validated doublecortin (DCX), also an X-linked disease protein, and doublecortin-like kinase 1 and 2 (DCLK1/2) as bona fide KLHL15 interactors and mapped KLHL15 interaction regions to their tandem DCX domains. Shared with two previously identified KLHL15 substrates, a FRY tripeptide at the C-terminal edge of the second DCX domain is necessary for KLHL15-mediated ubiquitination of DCX and DCLK1/2 and subsequent proteasomal degradation. Conversely, silencing endogenous KLHL15 markedly stabilizes these DCX domain-containing proteins and prolongs their half-life. Functionally, overexpression of KLHL15 in the presence of wild-type DCX reduces dendritic complexity of cultured hippocampal neurons, whereas neurons expressing FRY-mutant DCX are resistant to KLHL15. Collectively, our findings highlight the critical importance of the E3 ubiquitin ligase adaptor KLHL15 in proteostasis of neuronal MAPs and identify a regulatory network important for development of the mammalian nervous system.
    Keywords:  E3 ubiquitin ligase; HaloTag; cell signaling; dendritic complexity; doublecortin proteins; microtubule-associated protein (MAP); neurite outgrowth; neurodevelopment; protein degradation; protein turnover; pulse-chase; ubiquitin; ubiquitin ligase; ubiquitin-proteasome-system
  26. Infect Immun. 2020 Nov 16. pii: IAI.00447-20. [Epub ahead of print]
      Cholera toxin (CT) is an AB5 protein toxin that activates the stimulatory alpha subunit of the heterotrimeric G protein (Gsα) through ADP-ribosylation. Activation of Gsα produces a cytopathic effect by stimulating adenylate cyclase and the production of cAMP. To reach its cytosolic Gsα target, CT binds to the plasma membrane of a host cell and travels by vesicle carriers to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The catalytic CTA1 subunit then exploits the quality control mechanism of ER-associated degradation to move from the ER to the cytosol. ER-associated degradation is functionally linked to another quality control system, the unfolded protein response (UPR). However, the role of the UPR in cholera intoxication is unclear. We report here that CT triggers the UPR after 4 hours of toxin exposure. A functional toxin was required to induce the UPR, but, surprisingly, activation of the adenylate cyclase signaling pathway was not sufficient to trigger the process. Toxin-induced activation of the UPR coincided with increased toxin accumulation in the cytosol. Chemical activation of the heterotrimeric G protein or the UPR also enhanced the onset of CTA1 delivery to the cytosol, thus producing a toxin-sensitive phenotype. These results indicate there is a cAMP-independent response to CT that activates the UPR and thereby enhances the efficiency of intoxication.
  27. Blood. 2020 Nov 16. pii: blood.2020008676. [Epub ahead of print]
      A number of clinically validated drugs have been developed by repurposing the CUL4-DDB1-CRBN-RBX1 (CRL4CRBN) E3 ubiquitin ligase complex with molecular glue degraders to eliminate disease-driving proteins. Here, we present the identification of a first-in-class GSPT1-selective cereblon E3 ligase modulator, CC-90009. Biochemical, structural and molecular characterization demonstrates that CC-90009 co-opts the CRL4CRBN to selectively target GSPT1 for ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation. Depletion of GSPT1 by CC-90009 rapidly induces AML apoptosis, reducing leukemia engraftment and leukemia stem cells (LSC) in large scale primary patient xenografting of 35 independent AML samples, including those with adverse risk features. Using a genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 screen for effectors of CC-90009 response, we uncovered the ILF2 and ILF3 heterodimeric complex as a novel regulator of cereblon expression. Knockout of ILF2/ILF3 decreases the production of full-length cereblon protein via modulating CRBN mRNA alternative splicing, leading to diminished response to CC-90009. The screen also revealed that the mTOR signaling and the integrated stress response (ISR) specifically regulate the response to CC-90009 in contrast to other cereblon modulators. Hyperactivation of the mTOR pathway by inactivation of TSC1 and TSC2 protected against the growth inhibitory effect of CC-90009 by reducing CC-90009 induced binding of GSPT1 to cereblon and subsequent GSPT1 degradation. On the other hand, GSPT1 degradation promoted the activation of the GCN1/GCN2/ATF4 pathway and subsequent apoptosis in AML cells. Collectively, CC-90009 activity is mediated by multiple layers of signaling networks and pathways within AML blasts and LSC, whose elucidation gives insight into further assessment of CC-90009's clinical utility.
  28. Cell Death Differ. 2020 Nov 18.
      Ubiquitin signaling is a sequence of events driving the fate of a protein based on the type of ubiquitin modifications attached. In the case of neurodegenerative diseases, ubiquitin signaling is mainly associated with degradation signals to process aberrant proteins, which form aggregates often fatal for the brain cells. This signaling is often perturbed by the aggregates themselves and leads to the accumulation of toxic aggregates and inclusion bodies that are deleterious due to a toxic gain of function. Decrease in quality control pathways is often seen with age and is a critical onset for the development of neurodegeneration. Many aggregates are now thought to propagate in a prion-like manner, where mutated proteins acting like seeds are transitioning from cell to cell, converting normal proteins to toxic aggregates. Modulation of ubiquitin signaling, by stimulating ubiquitin ligase activation, is a potential therapeutic strategy to treat patients with neurodegeneration diseases.
  29. Autophagy. 2020 Nov 20.
      Mitochondrial quality control, which is crucial for maintaining cellular homeostasis, has been considered to be achieved exclusively through mitophagy. Here we report an alternative mitochondrial quality control pathway mediated by extracellular mitochondria release. By performing time-lapse confocal imaging on a stable cell line with fluorescent-labeled mitochondria, we observed release of mitochondria from cells into the extracellular space. Correlative light-electron microscopy revealed that majority of the extracellular mitochondria are in free form and, on rare occasions, some are enclosed in membrane-surrounded vesicles. Rotenone- and carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone-induced mitochondrial quality impairment promotes the extracellular release of depolarized mitochondria. Overexpression of PRKN (parkin RBR E3 ubiquitin protein ligase), which has a pivotal role in mitophagy regulation, suppresses the extracellular mitochondria release under basal and stress condition, whereas its knockdown exacerbates it. Correspondingly, overexpression of PRKN-independent mitophagy regulators, BNIP3 (BCL2 interacting protein 3) and BNIP3L/NIX (BCL2 interacting protein 3 like), suppress extracellular mitochondria release. Autophagy-deficient cell lines show elevated extracellular mitochondria release. These results imply that perturbation of mitophagy pathway prompts mitochondria expulsion. Presence of mitochondrial protein can also be detected in mouse sera. Sera of PRKN-deficient mice contain higher level of mitochondrial protein compared to that of wild-type mice. More importantly, fibroblasts and cerebrospinal fluid samples from Parkinson disease patients carrying loss-of-function PRKN mutations show increased extracellular mitochondria compared to control subjects, providing evidence in a clinical context. Taken together, our findings suggest that extracellular mitochondria release is a comparable yet distinct quality control pathway from conventional mitophagy.
    Keywords:  Mitochondria; Parkinson disease; mitochondrial quality control; mitophagy; parkin
  30. Sci Rep. 2020 Nov 18. 10(1): 20044
      MYC oncoprotein is a multifunctional transcription factor that regulates the expression of a large number of genes involved in cellular growth, proliferation and metabolism. Altered MYC protein level lead to cellular transformation and tumorigenesis. MYC is deregulated in > 50% of human cancers, rendering it an attractive drug target. However, direct inhibition of this class of proteins using conventional small molecules is challenging due to their intrinsically disordered state. To discover novel posttranslational regulators of MYC protein stability and turnover, we established a genetic screen in mammalian cells by combining a fluorescent protein-based MYC abundance sensor, CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockouts and next-generation sequencing. Our screen identifies UBR5, an E3 ligase of the HECT-type family, as a novel regulator of MYC degradation. Even in the presence of the well-described and functional MYC ligase, FBXW7, UBR5 depletion leads to accumulation of MYC in cells. We demonstrate interaction of UBR5 with MYC and reduced K48-linked ubiquitination of MYC upon loss of UBR5 in cells. Interestingly, in cancer cell lines with amplified MYC expression, depletion of UBR5 resulted in reduced cell survival, as a consequence of MYC stabilization. Finally, we show that MYC and UBR5 are co-amplified in more than 40% of cancer cells and that MYC copy number amplification correlates with enhanced transcriptional output of UBR5. This suggests that UBR5 acts as a buffer in MYC amplified settings and protects these cells from apoptosis.
  31. J Biol Chem. 2020 Nov 18. pii: jbc.RA120.016083. [Epub ahead of print]
      DNA damage triggers the cellular adaptive response to arrest proliferation and repair DNA damage; when damage is too severe to be repaired, apoptosis is initiated to prevent the spread of genomic insults. However, how cells endure DNA damage to maintain cell function remains largely unexplored. By using C. elegans as a model, we report that DNA damage elicits cell maintenance programs including the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) unfolded protein response (UPRER). Mechanistically, sublethal DNA damage unexpectedly suppresses apoptotic genes in C. elegans, which in turn increases the activity of the IRE-1/XBP-1 branch of the UPRER by elevating unsaturated phosphatidylcholine (PC). In addition, UPRER activation requires silencing of the lipid regulator SKN-1. DNA damage suppresses SKN-1 activity to increase unsaturated PC and activate UPRER. These findings reveal the UPRER activation as an organismal adaptive response that is important to maintain cell function during DNA damage.
    Keywords:  Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans); DNA damage response; SKN-1; apoptotic genes; endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress); fatty acid; phosphatidylcholine
  32. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Nov 16. pii: 202006543. [Epub ahead of print]
      Cytokinesis is monitored by a molecular machinery that promotes the degradation of the intercellular bridge, a transient protein structure connecting the two daughter cells. Here, we found that CSA and CSB, primarily defined as DNA repair factors, are located at the midbody, a transient structure in the middle of the intercellular bridge, where they recruit CUL4 and MDM2 ubiquitin ligases and the proteasome. As a part of this molecular machinery, CSA and CSB contribute to the ubiquitination and the degradation of proteins such as PRC1, the Protein Regulator of Cytokinesis, to ensure the correct separation of the two daughter cells. Defects in CSA or CSB result in perturbation of the abscission leading to the formation of long intercellular bridges and multinucleated cells, which might explain part of the Cockayne syndrome phenotypes. Our results enlighten the role played by CSA and CSB as part of a ubiquitin/proteasome degradation process involved in transcription, DNA repair, and cell division.
    Keywords:  Cockayne syndrome; abscission; cell division; cytokinesis; ubiquitination
  33. Nat Cell Biol. 2020 Nov 16.
      The Hippo pathway plays critical roles in cell growth, differentiation, organ development and tissue homeostasis, whereas its dysregulation can lead to tumorigenesis. YAP and TAZ are transcription co-activators and represent the main downstream effectors of the Hippo pathway. Here, we show that heat stress induces a strong and rapid YAP dephosphorylation and activation. The effect of heat shock on YAP is dominant to other signals known to modulate the Hippo pathway. Heat shock inhibits LATS kinase by promoting HSP90-dependent LATS interaction with and inactivation by protein phosphatase 5. Heat shock also induces LATS ubiquitination and degradation. YAP and TAZ are crucial for cellular heat shock responses, including the heat shock transcriptome and cell viability. This study uncovers previously unknown mechanisms of Hippo regulation by heat shock, as well as physiological functions of YAP, in the heat stress response. Our observations also reveal a potential combinational therapy involving hyperthermia and targeting of the Hippo pathway.
  34. Commun Biol. 2020 Nov 17. 3(1): 682
      Methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of death linked with illicit drug use. Here we show that Sigmar1 is a therapeutic target for methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy and defined the molecular mechanisms using autopsy samples of human hearts, and a mouse model of "binge and crash" methamphetamine administration. Sigmar1 expression is significantly decreased in the hearts of human methamphetamine users and those of "binge and crash" methamphetamine-treated mice. The hearts of methamphetamine users also show signs of cardiomyopathy, including cellular injury, fibrosis, and enlargement of the heart. In addition, mice expose to "binge and crash" methamphetamine develop cardiac hypertrophy, fibrotic remodeling, and mitochondrial dysfunction leading to contractile dysfunction. Methamphetamine treatment inhibits Sigmar1, resulting in inactivation of the cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB), decreased expression of mitochondrial fission 1 protein (FIS1), and ultimately alteration of mitochondrial dynamics and function. Therefore, Sigmar1 is a viable therapeutic agent for protection against methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy.
  35. Nat Chem Biol. 2020 Nov 16.
      Heterobifunctional chimeric degraders are a class of ligands that recruit target proteins to E3 ubiquitin ligases to drive compound-dependent protein degradation. Advancing from initial chemical tools, protein degraders represent a mechanism of growing interest in drug discovery. Critical to the mechanism of action is the formation of a ternary complex between the target, degrader and E3 ligase to promote ubiquitination and subsequent degradation. However, limited insights into ternary complex structures exist, including a near absence of studies on one of the most widely co-opted E3s, cellular inhibitor of apoptosis 1 (cIAP1). In this work, we use a combination of biochemical, biophysical and structural studies to characterize degrader-mediated ternary complexes of Bruton's tyrosine kinase and cIAP1. Our results reveal new insights from unique ternary complex structures and show that increased ternary complex stability or rigidity need not always correlate with increased degradation efficiency.
  36. Nat Commun. 2020 Nov 20. 11(1): 5919
      ATG16L1, an autophagy mediator that specifies the site of LC3 lipidation, includes a C-terminal domain formed by 7 WD40-type repeats (WD40 domain, WDD), the function of which is unclear. Here we show that the WDD interacts with the intracellular domain of cytokine receptors to regulate their signaling output in response to ligand stimulation. Using a refined version of a previously described WDD-binding amino acid motif, here we show that this element is present in the intracellular domain of cytokine receptors. Two of these receptors, IL-10RB and IL-2Rγ, recognize the WDD through the motif and exhibit WDD-dependent LC3 lipidation activity. IL-10 promotes IL-10RB/ATG16L1 interaction through the WDD, and IL-10 signaling is suboptimal in cells lacking the WDD owing to delayed endocytosis and inefficient early trafficking of IL10/IL-10R complexes. Our data reveal WDD-dependent roles of ATG16L1 in the regulation of cytokine receptor trafficking and signaling, and provide a WDD-binding motif that might be used to identify additional WDD activators.
  37. Blood Adv. 2020 Nov 24. 4(22): 5635-5643
      Combined deficiency of coagulation factors V and VIII (F5F8D) is an autosomal recessive bleeding disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in either LMAN1 or MCFD2. The latter genes encode 2 components of a mammalian cargo receptor that facilitates secretion of coagulation factor V (FV) and factor VIII (FVIII) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to the Golgi via coat protein complex II vesicles. F5F8D patients exhibit FV and FVIII levels that are ∼10% to 15% of normal. We report herein a comparative analysis for a series of murine Lman1 alleles. Consistent with previous reports, mice completely deficient in LMAN1 (Lman1-/-) exhibit ∼50% FV and FVIII levels. In contrast, mice carrying a hypomorphic Lman1 allele (Lman1cgt/cgt) that expresses ∼6% to 8% of wild-type Lman1 mRNA levels exhibit intermediate plasma FV and FVIII reductions (∼70% of wild-type levels). Lman1-/- mice exhibit ER accumulation of another LMAN1 cargo, alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT), with an intermediate level of A1AT ER retention observed in Lman1cgt/cgt mice. Finally, the previously reported strain-specific, partially penetrant, perinatal lethality of LMAN1-deficient mice (Lman1gt1/gt1) was confirmed in Lman1-/- mice, although it was not observed in Lman1cgt/cgt mice. Taken together, these results show a dose-dependent effect of residual LMAN1 on the secretion of its cargo proteins. The results also suggest that human subjects with hypomorphic LMAN1 mutations might present with mild bleeding phenotypes resulting from more modest reductions in FV and FVIII, which could be missed by routine clinical evaluation. Finally, these findings suggest that therapeutic targeting of LMAN1 to reduce FV and FVIII as an anticoagulant strategy may only require partial inhibition of LMAN1 function.
  38. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2020 Nov 20.
      Epidermal melanocytes are constantly exposed to environmental stressors such as ultraviolet light (UV) and chemotoxins. Several evolutionarily conversed survival mechanisms are deployed to ensure melanocyte recovery after damage including the unfolded protein response (UPR) and integrated stress response (ISR). The UPR/ISR promote restoration of homeostasis, by modulating transcription and translation as well as activating Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NRF2)-mediated antioxidant activity. If repair fails, the UPR/ISR either stimulate cell death, or adaptation that can lead to survival of damaged cells and promote disease. For example, the UPR/ISR may support melanomagenesis by allowing UV-damaged, mutated cells to survive and adapt to a hostile tumor microenvironment that subjects cells to hypoxia, nutrient deprivation and sub-optimal pH. The UPR and ISR can also promote transcriptional changes that support tumor growth and/or metastasis. Furthermore, these pathways may also underlie acquisition of chemoresistance and modulation of protein expression that alters the efficacy of immunotherapies. UPR activation has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of vitiligo and may promote increased expression of chemokines such as interleukin 6 and interleukin 8 that trigger an autoimmune response against melanocytes. We herein review the potential roles of the UPR/ISR in the etiology of melanoma and vitiligo.
    Keywords:  Unfolded protein response; integrated stress response; melanocyte damage; melanoma; vitiligo