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Valentina Medici, Karl-Heinz Weiss
Wilson disease (WD) is characterized by remarkable variety in its phenotypic presentation. Patients with WD can present with hepatic, neurologic, and psychiatric symptoms combined in different and unpredictable ways. Importantly, no convincing phenotype-genotype correlation has ever been identified, opening the possibility that other genes, aside from ATPase copper-transporting beta (ATP7B), are involved in the pathogenesis of this condition. In addition, modifier genes, or genes that can affect the expression of other genes, may be involved...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Xuelei Wu, Siming Yuan, Erqiong Wang, Yang Tong, Guolin Ma, Kaiju Wei, Yangzhong Liu
In spite of their wide application, the cellular uptake of platinum based anticancer drugs is still unclear. The copper transport protein, hCTR1, is proposed to facilitate the cellular uptake of cisplatin, whereas organic cation transport (OCT) is more important for oxaliplatin. It has been reported that both N-terminal and C-terminal metal binding motifs of hCTR1 are highly reactive to cisplatin, which is the initial step of protein assisted cellular uptake of cisplatin. It is still unknown how the platinum drugs in hCTR1 transfer to cytoplasmic media, and whether various platinum complexes possess different activities in this process...
April 6, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Yuta Hatori, Sachiye Inouye, Reiko Akagi
Human antioxidant protein 1 (Atox1) plays a crucial role in cellular copper homeostasis. Atox1 captures cytosolic copper for subsequent transfer to copper pumps in trans Golgi network, thereby facilitating copper supply to various copper-dependent oxidereductases matured within the secretory vesicles. Atox1 and other copper chaperones handle cytosolic copper using Cys thiols which are ideal ligands for coordinating Cu(I). Recent studies demonstrated reversible oxidation of these Cys residues in copper chaperones, linking cellular redox state to copper homeostasis...
March 15, 2017: IUBMB Life
Thomas L Hygum, Dannie Fobian, Maria Kamilari, Aslak Jørgensen, Morten Schiøtt, Martin Grosell, Nadja Møbjerg
Tardigrades are microscopic aquatic animals renowned for their tolerance toward extreme environmental conditions. The current study is the first to investigate their tolerance toward heavy metals and we present a novel tardigrade toxicant tolerance assay based on activity assessments as a measure of survival. Specifically, we compare tolerance toward copper in four species representing different evolutionary lineages, habitats and adaptation strategies, i.e., a marine heterotardigrade, Echiniscoides sigismundi, a limno-terrestrial heterotardigrade, Echiniscus testudo, a limno-terrestrial eutardigrade, Ramazzottius oberhaeuseri, and a marine eutardigrade, Halobiotus crispae...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Stéphanie Blockhuys, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede
Copper (Cu) is an essential transition metal ion required as cofactor in many key enzymes. After cell uptake of Cu, the metal is transported by the cytoplasmic Cu chaperone Atox1 to P1B-type ATPases in the Golgi network for incorporation into Cu-dependent enzymes in the secretory path. Cu is vital for many steps of cancer progression and Atox1 was recently suggested to have additional functionality as a nuclear transcription factor. We here investigated the expression level, cellular localization and role in cell migration of Atox1 in an aggressive breast cancer cell line upon combining immunostaining, microscopy and a wound healing assay...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
S Blockhuys, E Celauro, C Hildesjö, A Feizi, O Stål, J C Fierro-González, P Wittung-Stafshede
Copper (Cu) is essential for living organisms, and acts as a cofactor in many metabolic enzymes. To avoid the toxicity of free Cu, organisms have specific transport systems that 'chaperone' the metal to targets. Cancer progression is associated with increased cellular Cu concentrations, whereby proliferative immortality, angiogenesis and metastasis are cancer hallmarks with defined requirements for Cu. The aim of this study is to gather all known Cu-binding proteins and reveal their putative involvement in cancers using the available database resources of RNA transcript levels...
December 12, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Ariel R Levy, Matan Nissim, Netanel Mendelman, Jordan Chill, Sharon Ruthstein
Understanding the human copper cycle is essential to understand the role of metals in promoting neurological diseases and disorders. One of the cycles controlling the cellular concentration and distribution of copper involves the copper transporter, Ctr1; the metallochaperone, Atox1; and the ATP7B transporter. It has been shown that the C-terminus of Ctr1, specifically the last three amino acids, HCH, is involved in both copper coordination and the transfer mechanism to Atox1. In contrast, the role of the intracellular loop of Ctr1, which is an additional intracellular segment of Ctr1, in facilitating the copper transfer mechanism has not been investigated yet...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Ranjeet Kumar, Candan Ariöz, Yaozong Li, Niklas Bosaeus, Sandra Rocha, Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede
After cellular uptake, Copper (Cu) ions are transferred from the chaperone Atox1 to the Wilson disease protein (ATP7B) for incorporation into Cu-dependent enzymes in the secretory pathway. Human ATP7B is a large multi-domain membrane-spanning protein which, in contrast to homologues in other organisms, has six similar cytoplasmic metal-binding domains (MBDs). The reason for multiple MBDs is proposed to be indirect modulation of enzymatic activity and it is thus intriguing that point mutations in MBDs can promote Wilson disease...
February 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Archita Das, Varadarajan Sudhahar, Gin-Fu Chen, Ha Won Kim, Seock-Won Youn, Lydia Finney, Stefan Vogt, Jay Yang, Junghun Kweon, Bayasgalan Surenkhuu, Masuko Ushio-Fukai, Tohru Fukai
Copper (Cu), an essential nutrient, promotes wound healing, however, target of Cu action and underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Cu chaperone Antioxidant-1 (Atox1) in the cytosol supplies Cu to the secretory enzymes such as lysyl oxidase (LOX), while Atox1 in the nucleus functions as a Cu-dependent transcription factor. Using mouse cutaneous wound healing model, here we show that Cu content (by X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy) and nuclear Atox1 are increased after wounding, and that wound healing with and without Cu treatment is impaired in Atox1(-/-) mice...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yuta Hatori, Svetlana Lutsenko
Human antioxidant protein 1 (Atox1) is a small cytosolic protein with an essential role in copper homeostasis. Atox1 functions as a copper carrier facilitating copper transfer to the secretory pathway. This process is required for activation of copper dependent enzymes involved in neurotransmitter biosynthesis, iron efflux, neovascularization, wound healing, and regulation of blood pressure. Recently, new cellular roles for Atox1 have emerged. Changing levels of Atox1 were shown to modulate response to cancer therapies, contribute to inflammatory response, and protect cells against various oxidative stresses...
July 27, 2016: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Ayca Cankorur-Cetinkaya, Serpil Eraslan, Betul Kirdar
BACKGROUND: Iron and copper homeostatic pathways are tightly linked since copper is required as a cofactor for high affinity iron transport. Atx1p plays an important role in the intracellular copper transport as a copper chaperone transferring copper from the transporters to Ccc2p for its subsequent insertion into Fet3p, which is required for high affinity iron transport. RESULTS: In this study, genome-wide transcriptional landscape of ATX1 deletants grown in media either lacking copper or having excess copper was investigated...
2016: BMC Genomics
Stephen W Mercer, Richard Burke
Glutaredoxins are a family of small molecular weight proteins that have a central role in cellular redox regulation. Human GRX1 (hGRX1) has also been shown to play an integral role in copper homeostasis by regulating the redox activity of the metalated sites of copper chaperones such as ATOX1 and SOD1, and the copper efflux proteins ATP7A and ATP7B. To further elucidate the role of hGRX1 in copper homeostasis, we examined the impact of RNA interference-mediated knockdown of CG6852, a putative Drosophila orthologue of hGRX1...
August 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Michal S Shoshan, Yonat Lehman, Wojciech Goch, Wojciech Bal, Edit Y Tshuva, Norman Metanis
Seleno-substituted model peptides of copper metallochaperone proteins were analyzed for the metal affinity and in vitro anti-oxidative reactivity. An acyclic MTCXXC (X is any amino acid) reference peptide previously analyzed as a potent inhibitor of ROS production underwent substitution of the cysteine residues with selenocysteine to give two singly substituted derivatives C3U and C6U and the doubly substituted analogue C3U/C6U. Presumably due to the softer nature of Se vs. S, all selenocysteine containing peptides demonstrated high affinity to Cu(i), higher than that of the reference peptide, and in the same order of magnitude as that measured for the native protein, Atox1...
August 7, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Benny D Belviso, Angela Galliani, Alessia Lasorsa, Valentina Mirabelli, Rocco Caliandro, Fabio Arnesano, Giovanni Natile
Copper trafficking proteins have been implicated in the cellular response to platinum anticancer drugs. We investigated the reaction of the chaperone Atox1 with an activated form of oxaliplatin, the third platinum drug to reach worldwide approval. Unlike cisplatin, which contains monodentate ammines, oxaliplatin contains chelated 1,2-diaminocyclohexane (DACH), which is more resistant to displacement by nucleophiles. In solution, one or two {Pt(DACH)(2+)} moieties bind to the conserved CXXC metal-binding motif of Atox1; in the latter case the two sulfur atoms likely bridging the two platinum units...
July 5, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Eun Hee Ahn, Dae Won Kim, Min Jea Shin, Eun Ji Ryu, Ji In Yong, Seok Young Chung, Hyun Ju Cha, Sang Jin Kim, Yeon Joo Choi, Duk-Soo Kim, Sung-Woo Cho, Keunwook Lee, Yoon Shin Cho, Hyeok Yil Kwon, Jinseu Park, Won Sik Eum, Soo Young Choi
Antioxidant 1 (ATOX1) functions as an antioxidant against hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, and therefore may play a significant role in many human diseases, including diabetes mellitus (DM). In the present study, we examined the protective effects of Tat-ATOX1 protein on streptozotocin (STZ)-exposed pancreatic insulinoma cells (RINm5F) and in a mouse model of STZ-induced diabetes using western blot analysis, immunofluorescence staining and MTT assay, as well as histological and biochemical analysis. Purified Tat-ATOX1 protein was efficiently transduced into RINm5F cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
July 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Kristin M Bompiani, Cheng-Yu Tsai, Felix P Achatz, Janika K Liebig, Stephen B Howell
The development of resistance to cisplatin (cDDP) is commonly accompanied by reduced drug uptake or increased efflux. Previous studies in yeast and murine embryonic fibroblasts have reported that the copper (Cu) transporters and chaperones participate in the uptake, efflux, and intracellular distribution of cDDP. However, there is conflicting data from studies in human cells. We used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to individually knock out the human copper transporters CTR1 and CTR2 and the copper chaperones ATOX1 and CCS...
September 1, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
A Zetzsche, N Schunter, J Zentek, R Pieper
A study was conducted to determine the effect of high dietary zinc (Zn) oxide on trace element accumulation in various organs with special emphasis on the kidney. A total of 40 weaned piglets were allocated into two groups with 16 and 24 piglets each receiving a diet containing normal (NZn; 100mg Zn/kg) or high (HZn; 2,100mg Zn/kg) Zn concentration, respectively. After two weeks, eight piglets from each treatment were killed and organ samples were taken. Eight piglets from the remaining 16 pigs fed HZn diets were changed to NZn diets (CZn)...
May 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Stijn J A Aper, Maarten Merkx
Protein-based sensors and switches provide attractive tools for the real-time monitoring and control of molecular processes in complex biological environments. Fluorescent sensor proteins have been developed for a wide variety of small molecules, but the construction of genetically encoded light-responsive ligand binding proteins remains mostly unexplored. Here we present a generic approach to reengineer a previously developed FRET-based Zn(2+) sensor into a light-activatable Zn(2+) binding protein using a design strategy based on mutually exclusive domain interactions...
July 15, 2016: ACS Synthetic Biology
Michal S Shoshan, Noa Dekel, Wojciech Goch, Deborah E Shalev, Tsafi Danieli, Mario Lebendiker, Wojciech Bal, Edit Y Tshuva
The effect of position II in the binding sequence of copper metallochaperones, which varies between Thr and His, was investigated through structural analysis and affinity and oxidation kinetic studies of model peptides. A first Cys-Cu(I)-Cys model obtained for the His peptide at acidic and neutral pH, correlated with higher affinity and more rapid oxidation of its complex; in contrast, the Thr peptide with the Cys-Cu(I)-Met coordination under neutral conditions demonstrated weaker and pH dependent binding. Studies with human antioxidant protein 1 (Atox1) and three of its mutants where S residues were replaced with Ala suggested that (a) the binding affinity is influenced more by the binding sequence than by the protein fold (b) pH may play a role in binding reactivity, and (c) mutating the Met impacted the affinity and oxidation rate more drastically than did mutating one of the Cys, supporting its important role in protein function...
June 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Yuta Hatori, Ye Yan, Katharina Schmidt, Eri Furukawa, Nesrin M Hasan, Nan Yang, Chin-Nung Liu, Shanthini Sockanathan, Svetlana Lutsenko
Brain development requires a fine-tuned copper homoeostasis. Copper deficiency or excess results in severe neuro-pathologies. We demonstrate that upon neuronal differentiation, cellular demand for copper increases, especially within the secretory pathway. Copper flow to this compartment is facilitated through transcriptional and metabolic regulation. Quantitative real-time imaging revealed a gradual change in the oxidation state of cytosolic glutathione upon neuronal differentiation. Transition from a broad range of redox states to a uniformly reducing cytosol facilitates reduction of the copper chaperone Atox1, liberating its metal-binding site...
2016: Nature Communications
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