A hypomorphic mutation in Lpin1 induces progressively improving neuropathy and lipodystrophy in the rat

Joram D Mul, Karim Nadra, Noorjahan B Jagalur, Isaac J Nijman, Pim W Toonen, Jean-Jacques Médard, Sandra Grès, Alain de Bruin, Gil-Soo Han, Jos F Brouwers, George M Carman, Jean-Sébastien Saulnier-Blache, Dies Meijer, Roman Chrast, Edwin Cuppen

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The Lpin1 gene encodes the phosphatidate phosphatase (PAP1) enzyme Lipin 1, which plays a critical role in lipid metabolism. In this study we describe the identification and characterization of a rat model with a mutated Lpin1 gene (Lpin1(1Hubr)), generated by N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea mutagenesis. Lpin1(1Hubr) rats are characterized by hindlimb paralysis and mild lipodystrophy that are detectable from the second postnatal week. Sequencing of Lpin1 identified a point mutation in the 5'-end splice site of intron 18 resulting in mis-splicing, a reading frameshift, and a premature stop codon. As this mutation does not induce nonsense-mediated decay, it allows the production of a truncated Lipin 1 protein lacking PAP1 activity. Lpin1(1Hubr) rats developed hypomyelination and mild lipodystrophy rather than the pronounced demyelination and adipocyte defects characteristic of Lpin1(fld/fld) mice, which carry a null allele for Lpin1. Furthermore, biochemical, histological, and molecular analyses revealed that these lesions improve in older Lpin1(1Hubr) rats as compared with young Lpin1(1Hubr) rats and Lpin1(fld/fld) mice. We observed activation of compensatory biochemical pathways substituting for missing PAP1 activity that, in combination with a possible non-enzymatic Lipin 1 function residing outside of its PAP1 domain, may contribute to the less severe phenotypes observed in Lpin1(1Hubr) rats as compared with Lpin1(fld/fld) mice. Although we are cautious in making a direct parallel between the presented rodent model and human disease, our data may provide new insight into the pathogenicity of recently identified human LPIN1 mutations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26781-93
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2011

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Alkylating Agents
  • Animals
  • Demyelinating Diseases
  • Ethylnitrosourea
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Introns
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Mice
  • Mutagenesis
  • Mutation
  • Phosphatidate Phosphatase
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA Splice Sites
  • Rats
  • Rats, Mutant Strains


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