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Hiroko Hashimoto, Naohiro Nomura, Wakana Shoda, Kiyoshi Isobe, Hiroaki Kikuchi, Kouhei Yamamoto, Takuya Fujimaru, Fumiaki Ando, Takayasu Mori, Tomokazu Okado, Tatemitsu Rai, Shinichi Uchida, Eisei Sohara
OBJECTIVE: Metformin is an antidiabetic drug that is widely used to treat patients with diabetes mellitus. Recent studies have reported that treatment with metformin not only improved blood glucose levels but also reduced blood pressure. However, it remains unclear how metformin reduces blood pressure. We hypothesized that metformin affects sodium reabsorption in the kidneys. METHODS: Urinary sodium excretion and expression of renal sodium transporters were examined in 8-week-old male C57BL/6 mice with acute and chronic treatment of metformin...
March 3, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Atsushi Sato, Hiroshi Shibuya
The with no lysine (WNK) protein kinase family is conserved among many species. Some mutations in human WNK gene are associated with pseudohypoaldosteronism type II, a form of hypertension, and hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 2A. In kidney, WNK regulates the activity of STE20/SPS1-related, proline alanine-rich kinase and/or oxidative-stress responsive 1, which in turn regulate ion co-transporters. The misregulation of this pathway is involved in the pathogenesis of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II...
2018: PloS One
Melaine A Kuenemann, Denis Fourches
The With-No-Lysine (WNK) serine/threonine kinase family constitutes a unique and distinctive branch of the kinome. The four proteins of this family (WNK1/2/3/4) are involved in blood pressure regulation, body fluid, and electrolyte homeostasis. Herein, we modeled and analyzed the binding modes of all publicly-available small orthosteric and allosteric binders (including WNK463 and WNK467) experimentally tested towards any of the WNK family member. To do so, we relied on state-of-the-art cheminformatics approaches including structure-based molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Informatics
Chloé Rafael, Christelle Soukaseum, Véronique Baudrie, Perrine Frère, Juliette Hadchouel
Mutations of the gene encoding WNK1 [With No lysine (K) kinase 1] or WNK4 cause Familial Hyperkalemic Hypertension (FHHt). Previous studies have shown that the activation of SPAK (Ste20-related Proline/Alanine-rich Kinase) plays a dominant role in the development of FHHt caused by WNK4 mutations. The implication of SPAK in FHHt caused by WNK1 mutation has never been investigated. To clarify this issue, we crossed WNK1+/FHHt mice with SPAK knock-in mice in which the T-loop Thr243 residue was mutated to alanine to prevent activation by WNK kinases...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Woo Young Chung, Jung Woo Han, Woon Heo, Min Goo Lee, Joo Young Kim
"With no lysine" (WNK) kinases have been shown to regulate various ion transporters in various tissues, but studies on the function of WNK kinases in the brain have been limited. In this study, we discovered that WNK1 and WNK4 in POMC-expressing neuronal cells in WNK1 overexpressed transgenic mice (WNK1 TG) decrease appetite via degradation of Kir6.2. Weight gain after 20 weeks of age was delayed in WNK1 TG mice as a result of reduced food intake. Expression of WNK1 and proopiomelanocortin (POMC) was higher in POMC-expressing neurons in the hypothalamus of WNK1 TG mice than in WT mice...
February 1, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Yih-Sheng Yang, Jian Xie, Sung-Sen Yang, Shih-Hua Lin, Chou-Long Huang
The Na+-Cl- cotransporter (NCC) in distal convoluted tubule (DCT) plays important roles in renal NaCl reabsorption. Current hypothesis for the mechanism of regulation of NCC focuses on WNK4 and intracellular Cl- concentration ([Cl-]i). WNK kinases bind Cl- and Cl- binding decreases the catalytic activity. It is believed that hypokalemia under low K+ intake decreases [Cl-]i to activate WNK4, which thereby phosphorylates and stimulates NCC through activation of SPAK. However, increased NCC activity and apical NaCl entry would mitigate the fall in [Cl-]i...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Mohammed Zubaerul Ferdaus, James A McCormick
Autosomal dominant mutations in Cullin3 (Cul3) cause the most severe form of Familial Hyperkalemic Hypertension (FHHt). Cul3 mutations cause skipping of exon 9 which results in an internal deletion of 57 amino acids from the CUL3 protein (CUL3-∆9). The precise mechanism by which this altered form of CUL3 causes FHHt is controversial. CUL3 is a member of the Cullin-Ring ubiquitin Ligase (CRL) family which mediates ubiquitination and thus degradation of cellular proteins including With-no-lysine [K] kinases (WNKs)...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Corinne S Wilson, Alexander A Mongin
It is well known that the electrical signaling in neuronal networks is modulated by chloride (Cl-) fluxes via the inhibitory GABAA and glycine receptors. Here, we discuss the putative contribution of Cl- fluxes and intracellular Cl- to other forms of information transfer in the CNS, namely the bidirectional communication between neurons and astrocytes. The manuscript (i) summarizes the generic functions of Cl- in cellular physiology, (ii) recaps molecular identities and properties of Cl- transporters and channels in neurons and astrocytes, and (iii) analyzes emerging studies implicating Cl- in the modulation of neuroglial communication...
January 9, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Naohiro Nomura, Wakana Shoda, Yuanlong Wang, Shintaro Mandai, Taisuke Furusho, Daiei Takahashi, Moko Zeniya, Eisei Sohara, Tatemitsu Rai, Shinichi Uchida
The sodium-chloride cotransporter (NCC) has been identified as a key molecule regulating potassium balance. The mechanisms of NCC regulation during low extracellular potassium concentrations have been studied in vitro. These studies have shown that hyperpolarization increased chloride efflux, leading to the activation of chloride-sensitive WNK kinases and their downstream molecules, including STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) and NCC. However, this mechanism was not studied in vivo Previously, we developed the barttin hypomorphic mouse ( Bsndneo/neo mice), expressing very low levels of barttin and ClC-K channels, because barttin is an essential ß-subunit of ClC-K...
January 11, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Kang-Ling Liao, Charles E Melvin, Rosangela Sozzani, Roger D Jones, Timothy C Elston, Alan M Jones
In animal cells, activation of heterotrimeric G protein signaling generally occurs when the system's cognate signal exceeds a threshold, whereas in plant cells, both the amount and the exposure time of at least one signal, D-glucose, are used toward activation. This unusual signaling property called Dose-Duration Reciprocity, first elucidated in the genetic model Arabidopsis thaliana, is achieved by a complex that is comprised of a 7-transmembrane REGULATOR OF G SIGNALING (RGS) protein (AtRGS1), a Gα subunit that binds and hydrolyzes nucleotide, a Gβγ dimer, and three WITH NO LYSINE (WNK) kinases...
2017: PloS One
Cary R Boyd-Shiwarski, Daniel J Shiwarski, Ankita Roy, Lubika J Nkashama, Hima N Namboodiri, Jian Xie, Kara L McClain, Allison Marciszyn, Thomas R Kleyman, Roderick J Tan, Donna B Stolz, Manojkumar A Puthenveedu, Chou-Long Huang, Arohan R Subramanya
With-No-Lysine (WNK) kinases coordinate volume and potassium homeostasis by regulating renal tubular electrolyte transport. In the distal convoluted tubule (DCT), potassium imbalance causes WNK signaling complexes to concentrate into large discrete foci, which we call "WNK bodies." Though these structures have been reported previously, the mechanisms that drive their assembly remain obscure. Here, we show that kidney-specific WNK1 (KS-WNK1), a truncated kinase-defective WNK1 isoform that is highly expressed in the DCT, is critical for WNK body formation...
December 13, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Ru-Jiang Jia, Chun-Gen Lan, Xiu-Chao Wang, Chun-Tao Gao
The aim of the present study was to screen the potential osteosarcoma (OS)‑associated genes and to obtain additional insight into the pathogenesis of OS. Transcriptional profile (ID: GSE28256) and copy number variations (CNV) profile were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between MET proto‑oncogene‑transformed human primary osteoblast (MET‑HOB) samples and the control samples were identified using the Linear Models for Microarray Data package. Subsequently, CNV areas and CNVs were identified using cut‑off criterion of >30%‑overlap within the cases using detect_cnv...
February 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Viktor N Tomilin, Oleg Zaika, Arohan R Subramanya, Oleh Pochynyuk
The renal collecting duct contains two distinct cell types, principal and intercalated cells, expressing potassium Kir4.1/5.1 (KCNJ10/16) and chloride ClC-K2 (ClC-Kb in humans) channels on their basolateral membrane, respectively. Both channels are thought to play important roles in controlling systemic water-electrolyte balance and blood pressure. However, little is known about mechanisms regulating activity of Kir4.1/5.1 and ClC-K2/b. Here, we employed patch clamp analysis at the single channel and whole cell levels in freshly isolated mouse collecting ducts to investigate regulation of Kir4...
November 13, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Leslie C Conway, Ross A Cardarelli, Yvonne E Moore, Karen Jones, Lisa J McWilliams, David J Baker, Matthew P Burnham, Roland W Bürli, Qi Wang, Nicholas J Brandon, Stephen J Moss, Tarek Z Deeb
The K+/Cl- co-transporter (KCC2) is selectively expressed in the adult nervous system, and allows neurons to maintain low intracellular Cl- levels. Thus, KCC2 activity is an essential prerequisite for fast hyperpolarizing synaptic inhibition mediated by type A γ-aminobutyric acid receptors (GABAA), which are Cl- permeable, ligand-gated ion channels. Consistent with this, deficits in the activity of KCC2 lead to epilepsy, and are also implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders, neuropathic pain, and schizophrenia...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Nyssa R Adams, Yasmin M Vasquez, Qianxing Mo, William Gibbons, Ertug Kovanci, Francesco J DeMayo
The differentiation of endometrial stromal cells into decidual cells, termed decidualization, is an integral step in the establishment of pregnancy. The mitogen-activated protein kinase homolog, WNK lysine deficient protein kinase 1 (WNK1), is activated downstream of epidermal growth factor receptor during decidualization. Primary human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) were subjected to small interfering RNA knockdown of WNK1 followed by in vitro decidualization. This abrogated expression of the decidual marker genes, insulin like growth factor binding protein 1 (IGFBP1) and prolactin (PRL), and prevented adoption of decidual cell morphology...
September 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Meral Tunc-Ozdemir, Bo Li, Dinesh K Jaiswal, Daisuke Urano, Alan M Jones, Matthew P Torres
Heterotrimeric G proteins function in development, biotic, and abiotic stress responses, hormone signaling as well as sugar sensing. We previously proposed that discrimination of these various external signals in the G protein pathway is accomplished in plants by membrane-localized receptor-like kinases (RLKs) rather than G-protein-coupled receptors. Arabidopsis thaliana Regulator of G Signaling protein 1 (AtRGS1) modulates G protein activation and is phosphorylated by several RLKs and by WITH-NO-LYSINE kinases (WNKs)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Mubarak A AlAmri, Hachemi Kadri, Binar A Dhiani, Shumail Mahmood, Abdulrahman Elzwawi, Youcef Mehellou
Since the discovery of WNK mutations that cause an inherited form of hypertension in humans, there has been increasing interest in targeting WNK signaling as a novel strategy for modulating blood pressure. This notion is now supported by numerous mouse models with impaired WNK signaling that exhibit reduced blood pressure. Biochemical analyses of the various protein components that make up this signaling pathway have identified a number of plausible molecular targets that are amenable to targeting by small molecules...
October 20, 2017: ChemMedChem
Luz G Cervantes-Perez, Maria Castaneda-Bueno, Jose V Jimenez, Norma Vazquez, Lorena Rojas-Vega, Dario R Alessi, Norma A Bobadilla, Gerardo Gamba
OBJECTIVE: The hypertensive effect of angiotensin II (AngII), a peptide hormone, is dependent on its intrarenal actions and the activation of the renal Na-Cl cotransporter (NCC), by AngII requires integrity of the with no lysine kinase/STE20-proline alanine-rich kinase (WNK/SPAK) signaling pathway. Here, we analyzed if the integrity of the WNK/SPAK pathway is required for AngII infusion to induce arterial hypertension. METHODS: We tested the effect of AngII or aldosterone administration on the blood pressure and on pNCC/NCC ratio in SPAK knock-in mice in which the kinase and thus NCC cannot be activated by WNK kinases...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
Irene Vorontsova, Paul J Donaldson, Zhiying Kong, Chiharu Wickremesinghe, Leo Lam, Julie C Lim
In previous work, we have shown the Sodium/Potassium/2 Chloride Cotransporter (NKCC1) to be a key effector of lens fiber cell volume regulation. Since others have shown that the activity of NKCC1 is regulated via its phosphorylation status, the purpose of this study was to investigate whether NKCC1 phosphorylation can be modulated in organ cultured bovine lenses, and to see how this relates to changes in lens wet weight. Western blotting was first used to confirm the expression of NKCC1, phosphorylated NKCC1 (NKCC1-P) and the regulatory kinases WNK/SPAK and phosphatases PP1/PP2A in bovine lenses at the protein level...
December 2017: Experimental Eye Research
Ken Yamada, Julian Levell, Taeyong Yoon, Darcy Kohls, David Yowe, Dean F Rigel, Hidetomo Imase, Jun Yuan, Kayo Yasoshima, Keith DiPetrillo, Lauren Monovich, Lingfei Xu, Meicheng Zhu, Mitsunori Kato, Monish Jain, Neeraja Idamakanti, Paul Taslimi, Toshio Kawanami, Upendra A Argikar, Vidya Kunjathoor, Xiaoling Xie, Yukiko I Yagi, Yuki Iwaki, Zachary Robinson, Hyi-Man Park
The observed structure-activity relationship of three distinct ATP noncompetitive With-No-Lysine (WNK) kinase inhibitor series, together with a crystal structure of a previously disclosed allosteric inhibitor bound to WNK1, led to an overlay hypothesis defining core and side-chain relationships across the different series. This in turn enabled an efficient optimization through scaffold morphing, resulting in compounds with a good balance of selectivity, cellular potency, and pharmacokinetic profile, which were suitable for in vivo proof-of-concept studies...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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