Project description:Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is the result of a defective form of the lamin A protein called progerin. While progerin is known to disrupt the properties of the nuclear lamina, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the pathophysiology of HGPS remain less clear. Previous studies in our laboratory have shown that progerin expression in murine epidermal basal cells results in impaired stratification and halted development of the skin. Stratification and differentiation of the epidermis is regulated by asymmetric stem cell division. In this dataset, we include the expression data using Affymetrix array. The samples were obtained from basal and suprabasal keratinocyes from 4-day old wild-type and bitransgenic (BT) mice. Overall design: 12 samples were analyzed. We generated the following pairwise comparisons: bt_low vs wt_low; bt_high vs wt_high;wt_high vs wt_low; bt_high vs bt_low. Unpaired, 2-sided student's t-test and FDR was used to compare the groups. Array: MTA-1_0, mm10.
Project description:Purpose: Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is the result of a defective form of the lamin A protein called progerin. While progerin is known to disrupt the properties of the nuclear lamina, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the pathophysiology of HGPS remain less clear. Previous studies in our laboratory have shown that progerin expression in murine epidermal basal cells results in impaired stratification and halted development of the skin. Stratification and differentiation of the epidermis is regulated by asymmetric stem cell division. Methods: Primary keratinocytes were isolated from HGPS and wild-type mice, and processed for FACS. Isolated keratinocytes were incubated with anti-α6-integrin (CD49f) and anti-CD45 (30-F11) antibodies. Samples were sorted into basal (CD45neg/CD49fhigh) and suprabasal (CD45neg/CD49flow) populations using a FACScalibur flow cytometer. After sorting, RNA was extracted and subjected to cDNA synthesis, ligation of adapters and amplification of indexed libraries. The indexed cDNA libraries were sequenced on the Illumina HiSeq 2000. The generated sequence reads were mapped to the mouse genome (mm10) using Galaxy software. Sequences were aligned to the reference genome using TopHat (Trapnell et al., 2009) and differential expression analysis was done using Cufflinks (Trapnell et al., 2012). Results: Here, we show that expression of progerin impairs stem cells ability to maintain tissue homeostasis as a result of altered cell division. Quantification of basal skin cells showed an increase in symmetric cell division that correlated with progerin accumulation in HGPS mice. Investigation of the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon revealed a putative role of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Further analysis suggested an alteration in the nuclear translocation of β-catenin involving the inner and outer nuclear membrane proteins, emerin and nesprin-2. Conclusions: Taken together our results suggest a direct involvement of progerin in the transmission of Wnt signaling and normal stem cell division. These new insights into the molecular mechanisms of progerin may help develop new treatment strategies for HGPS. Overall design: Skin suprabasal and basal mRNA profiles of 4-day old wild type (WT) and bitransgenic HGPS (BT) mice were generated by sequencing using Illumina HiSeq2000.
Project description:Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a premature aging disorder, caused by mutation in the gene encoding lamin A/C, which produces a truncated protein called progerin. In cells from HGPS patients, progerin accumulates at the nuclear membrane (NM), where it causes NM deformations. In this study, we investigated whether progerin-induced NM deformation involved ESCRT-III, a protein complex that remodels nuclear and cytoplasmic membranes. The ESCRT-III protein CHMP4B was recruited to sites of aberrant NM proliferation in human cells ectopically expressing progerin and in patient-derived HGPS fibroblasts. Derepression of NM deformation in these cells was observed following depletion of CHMP4B or an ESCRT-III adaptor, ALIX. Treatment with rapamycin (which induce autophagic clearance of progerin and reverse progerin-induced cellular phenotypes) down-regulated progerin-induced NM deformation, whereas treatment with bafilomycin A1 (an inhibitor of autophagy and lysosome-based degradation) or CHMP4B depletion antagonized the effects of rapamycin. These results indicate that the ALIX-mediated ESCRT-III pathway plays a suppressive role in progerin-induced NM deformation and suggest that autophagy down-regulates progerin-induced NM deformation in a manner dependent on ESCRT-III machinery.
Project description:Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a premature aging disorder characterized by accelerated cardiovascular disease with extensive fibrosis. It is caused by a mutation in LMNA leading to expression of truncated prelamin A (progerin) in the nucleus. To investigate the contribution of the endothelium to cardiovascular HGPS pathology, we generated an endothelium-specific HGPS mouse model with selective endothelial progerin expression. Transgenic mice develop interstitial myocardial and perivascular fibrosis and left ventricular hypertrophy associated with diastolic dysfunction and premature death. Endothelial cells show impaired shear stress response and reduced levels of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and NO. On the molecular level, progerin impairs nucleocytoskeletal coupling in endothelial cells through changes in mechanoresponsive components at the nuclear envelope, increased F-actin/G-actin ratios, and deregulation of mechanoresponsive myocardin-related transcription factor-A (MRTFA). MRTFA binds to the Nos3 promoter and reduces eNOS expression, thereby mediating a profibrotic paracrine response in fibroblasts. MRTFA inhibition rescues eNOS levels and ameliorates the profibrotic effect of endothelial cells in vitro. Although this murine model lacks the key anatomical feature of vascular smooth muscle cell loss seen in HGPS patients, our data show that progerin-induced impairment of mechanosignaling in endothelial cells contributes to excessive fibrosis and cardiovascular disease in HGPS patients.
Project description:Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS, OMIM 176670) is a rare premature aging disorder that leads to death at an average age of 14.7 years due to myocardial infarction or stroke. The most common mutation in HGPS is at position G608G (GGC>GGT) within exon 11 of the LMNA gene. This mutation results in the deletion of 50 amino acids at the carboxyl-terminal tail of prelamin A, producing a truncated farnesylated protein called progerin. Lamins play important roles in the organization and structure of the nucleus. The nuclear build-up of progerin causes severe morphological and functional changes in interphase HGPS cells. In this study, we investigated whether progerin elicits spatiotemporal deviations in mitotic processes in HGPS fibroblasts. We analyzed the nuclear distribution of endogenous progerin during mitosis in relation to components of the nuclear lamina, nuclear envelope (NE) and nuclear pores. We found that progerin caused defects in chromosome segregation as early as metaphase, delayed NE reformation and trapped lamina components and inner NE proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum at the end of mitosis. Progerin displaced the centromere protein F (CENP-F) from metaphase chromosome kinetochores, which caused increased chromatin lagging, binucleated cells and genomic instability. This accumulation of progerin-dependent defects with each round of mitosis predisposes cells to premature senescence.
Project description:Lamin A is a major component of the lamina, which creates a dynamic network underneath the nuclear envelope. Mutations in the lamin A gene (LMNA) cause severe genetic disorders, one of which is Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a disease triggered by a dominant mutant named progerin. Unlike the wild-type lamin A, whose farnesylated C-terminus is excised during post-translational processing, progerin retains its farnesyl tail and accumulates on the nuclear membrane, resulting in abnormal nuclear morphology during interphase. In addition, membrane-associated progerin forms visible cytoplasmic aggregates in mitosis. To examine the potential effects of cytoplasmic progerin, nuclear localization signal (NLS) deleted progerin and lamin A (PG?NLS and LA?NLS, respectively) have been constructed. We find that both ?NLS mutants are farnesylated in the cytosol and associate with a sub-domain of the ER via their farnesyl tails. While the farnesylation on LA?NLS can be gradually removed, which leads to its subsequent release from the ER into the cytoplasm, PG?NLS remains permanently farnesylated and membrane-bounded. Moreover, both ?NLS mutants dominantly affect emerin's nuclear localization. These results reveal new insights into lamin A biogenesis and lamin A-emerin interaction.
Project description:Nuclear lamins are the major components of the nuclear lamina at the periphery of the nucleus, supporting the nuclear envelope and participating in many nuclear processes, including DNA replication, transcription and chromatin organization. A group of diseases, the laminopathies, is associated with mutations in lamin genes. One of the most striking cases is Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) which is the consequence of a lamin A dominant negative mutant named progerin. Due to the abnormal presence of a permanent C-terminal farnesyl tail, progerin gradually accumulates on the nuclear membrane, perturbing a diversity of signalings and transcriptional events. The accumulation of progerin has led to the speculation that progerin possesses higher stability than the wild type lamin A protein. However, the low solubility of lamin proteins renders traditional immunoprecipitation-dependent methods such as pulse-chase analysis ineffective for comparing the relative stabilities of mutant and wild type lamins. Here, we employ a novel platform for inferring differences in lamin stability, which is based on normalization to a co-translated reporter protein following porcine teschovirus-1 2A peptide-mediated co-translational cleavage. The results obtained using this method support the notion that progerin is more stable than lamin A. Moreover, treatment of FTI reduces progerin relative stability to the level of wild type lamin A.