The neuroprotective WldS gene regulates expression of PTTG1 and erythroid differentiation regulator 1-like gene in mice and human cells

Thomas H Gillingwater, Thomas M Wishart, Philip E Chen, Jane Haley, Kevin Robertson, Stephen H-F MacDonald, Susan Middleton, Kolja Wawrowski, Michael J Shipston, Shlomo Melmed, David J A Wyllie, Paul A Skehel, Michael P Coleman, Richard R Ribchester

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Wallerian degeneration of injured neuronal axons and synapses is blocked in Wld(S) mutant mice by expression of an nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferase 1 (Nmnat-1)/truncated-Ube4b chimeric gene. The protein product of the Wld(S) gene localizes to neuronal nuclei. Here we show that Wld(S) protein expression selectively alters mRNA levels of other genes in Wld(S) mouse cerebellum in vivo and following transfection of human embryonic kidney (HEK293) cells in vitro. The largest changes, identified by microarray analysis and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction of cerebellar mRNA, were an approximate 10-fold down-regulation of pituitary tumour-transforming gene-1 (pttg1) and an approximate 5-fold up-regulation of a structural homologue of erythroid differentiation regulator-1 (edr1l-EST). Transfection of HEK293 cells with a Wld(S)-eGFP construct produced similar changes in mRNA levels for these and seven other genes, suggesting that regulation of gene expression by Wld(S) is conserved across different species, including humans. Similar modifications in mRNA levels were mimicked for some of the genes (including pttg1) by 1 mm nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). However, expression levels of most other genes (including edr1l-EST) were insensitive to NAD. Pttg1(-/-) mutant mice showed no neuroprotective phenotype. Transfection of HEK293 cells with constructs comprising either full-length Nmnat-1 or the truncated Ube4b fragment (N70-Ube4b) demonstrated selective effects of Nmnat-1 (down-regulated pttg1) and N70-Ube4b (up-regulated edr1l-EST) on mRNA levels. Similar changes in pttg1 and edr1l-EST were observed in the mouse NSC34 motor neuron-like cell line following stable transfection with Wld(S). Together, the data suggest that the Wld(S) protein co-regulates expression of a consistent subset of genes in both mouse neurons and human cells. Targeting Wld(S)-induced gene expression may lead to novel therapies for neurodegeneration induced by trauma or by disease in humans.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-35
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Molecular Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Gene Targeting
  • Gene Therapy
  • Humans
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Neurons
  • Nicotinamide-Nucleotide Adenylyltransferase
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Transfection
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligase Complexes
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases
  • Wallerian Degeneration
  • Wounds and Injuries


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