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Keiko Yamada, Junhui Yuan, Tomoo Mano, Hiroshi Takashima, Masahiko Shibata
BACKGROUND: Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) type II with WNK1/HSN2 gene mutation is a rare disease characterized by early-onset demyelination sensory loss and skin ulceration. To the best of our knowledge, no cases of an autonomic disorder have been reported clearly in a patient with WNK/HSN2 gene mutation and only one case of a Japanese patient with the WNK/HSN2 gene mutation of HSAN type II was previously reported. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe a 54-year-old woman who had an early childhood onset of insensitivity to pain; superficial, vibration, and proprioception sensation disturbances; and several symptoms of autonomic failure (e...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
Ken Yamada, Ji-Hu Zhang, Xiaoling Xie, Juergen Reinhardt, Amy Qiongshu Xie, Daniel LaSala, Darcy Kohls, David Yowe, Debra Burdick, Hajime Yoshisue, Hiromichi Wakai, Isabel Schmidt, Jason Gunawan, Kayo Yasoshima, Q Kimberley Yue, Mitsunori Kato, Muneto Mogi, Neeraja Idamakanti, Natasha Kreder, Peter Drueckes, Pramod Pandey, Toshio Kawanami, Waanjeng Huang, Yukiko I Yagi, Zhan Deng, Hyi-Man Park
Protein kinases are known for their highly conserved adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-binding site, rendering the discovery of selective inhibitors a major challenge. In theory, allosteric inhibitors can achieve high selectivity by targeting less conserved regions of the kinases, often with an added benefit of retaining efficacy under high physiological ATP concentration. Although often overlooked in favor of ATP-site directed approaches, performing a screen at high ATP concentration and/or stringent hit triaging with high ATP concentration offer conceptually simple methods of identifying allosteric inhibitors...
October 7, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Ken Yamada, Hyi-Man Park, Dean F Rigel, Keith DiPetrillo, Erin J Whalen, Anthony Anisowicz, Michael Beil, James Berstler, Cara Emily Brocklehurst, Debra A Burdick, Shari L Caplan, Michael P Capparelli, Guanjing Chen, Wei Chen, Bethany Dale, Lin Deng, Fumin Fu, Norio Hamamatsu, Kouki Harasaki, Tracey Herr, Peter Hoffmann, Qi-Ying Hu, Waan-Jeng Huang, Neeraja Idamakanti, Hidetomo Imase, Yuki Iwaki, Monish Jain, Jey Jeyaseelan, Mitsunori Kato, Virendar K Kaushik, Darcy Kohls, Vidya Kunjathoor, Daniel LaSala, Jongchan Lee, Jing Liu, Yang Luo, Fupeng Ma, Ruowei Mo, Sarah Mowbray, Muneto Mogi, Flavio Ossola, Pramod Pandey, Sejal J Patel, Swetha Raghavan, Bahaa Salem, Yuka H Shanado, Gary M Trakshel, Gordon Turner, Hiromichi Wakai, Chunhua Wang, Stephen Weldon, Jennifer B Wielicki, Xiaoling Xie, Lingfei Xu, Yukiko I Yagi, Kayo Yasoshima, Jianning Yin, David Yowe, Ji-Hu Zhang, Gang Zheng, Lauren Monovich
The With-No-Lysine (K) (WNK) kinases play a critical role in blood pressure regulation and body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis. Herein, we introduce the first orally bioavailable pan-WNK-kinase inhibitor, WNK463, that exploits unique structural features of the WNK kinases for both affinity and kinase selectivity. In rodent models of hypertension, WNK463 affects blood pressure and body fluid and electro-lyte homeostasis, consistent with WNK-kinase-associated physiology and pathophysiology.
November 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Ebbe Boedtkjer, Vladimir V Matchkov, Donna M B Boedtkjer, Christian Aalkjaer
Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) are the most prevalent membrane-permeable anions in the intra- and extracellular spaces of the vascular wall. Outwardly directed electrochemical gradients for Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) permit anion channel opening to depolarize vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells. Transporters and channels for Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) also modify vascular contractility and structure independently of membrane potential. Transport of HCO3 (-) regulates intracellular pH and thereby modifies the activity of enzymes, ion channels, and receptors...
September 2016: Physiology
Kristopher T Kahle, Bianca Flores, Diana Bharucha-Goebel, Jinwei Zhang, Sandra Donkervoort, Madhuri Hegde, Gulnaz Hussain, Daniel Duran, Bo Liang, Dandan Sun, Carsten G Bönnemann, Eric Delpire
Using exome sequencing, we identified a de novo mutation (c.2971A>G; T991A) in SLC12A6, the gene encoding the K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter KCC3, in a patient with an early-onset, progressive, and severe peripheral neuropathy primarily affecting motor neurons. Normally, the WNK kinase-dependent phosphorylation of T(991) tonically inhibits KCC3; however, cell swelling triggers Thr(991) dephosphorylation to activate the transporter and restore cell volume. KCC3 T991A mutation in patient cells abolished Thr(991) phosphorylation, resulted in constitutive KCC3 activity, and compromised cell volume homeostasis...
2016: Science Signaling
Dexuan Wang, Yiqian Zhang, Jinhua Han, Shufang Pan, Ning Xu, Xiuyan Feng, Zhizhi Zhuang, Courtney Caroti, Jieqiu Zhuang, Robert S Hoover, Dingying Gu, Qiyi Zeng, Hui Cai
BACKGROUND: WNK kinase is a serine/threonine kinase that plays an important role in normal blood pressure homeostasis. WNK3 was previously found to enhance the activity of sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) in Xenopus oocyte. However, the mechanism through which it works remains unclear. METHODS: Using overexpression and siRNA knock-down techniques, the effects of WNK3 on NCC in both Cos-7 and mouse distal convoluted cells were analyzed by Western blot. RESULTS: We found that WNK3 significantly increased NCC protein expression in a dose-dependent manner...
2016: Nephron
David Penton, Jan Czogalla, Agnieszka Wengi, Nina Himmerkus, Dominique Loffing-Cueni, Monique Carrel, Renuga Devi Rajaram, Olivier Staub, Markus Bleich, Frank Schweda, Johannes Loffing
A high dietary potassium (K(+) ) intake causes a rapid dephosphorylation, and hence inactivation, of the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) in the renal distal convoluted tubule (DCT). Based on experiments in heterologous expression systems, it was proposed that changes in extracellular K(+) concentration ([K(+) ]ex ) modulate NCC phosphorylation via a Cl(-) dependent modulation of the WNK-SPAK/OSR1 kinase pathway. We used the isolated perfused mouse kidney technique and ex vivo preparations of mouse kidney slices to test the physiological relevance of this model on native DCT...
July 25, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Robert Farkaš, Ludmila Pečeňová, Lucia Mentelová, Milan Beňo, Denisa Beňová-Liszeková, Silvia Mahmoodová, Václav Tejnecký, Otakar Raška, Pavel Juda, Silvie Svidenská, Matúš Hornáček, Bruce A Chase, Ivan Raška
The Drosophila salivary glands (SGs) were well known for the puffing patterns of their polytene chromosomes and so became a tissue of choice to study sequential gene activation by the steroid hormone ecdysone. One well-documented function of these glands is to produce a secretory glue, which is released during pupariation to fix the freshly formed puparia to the substrate. Over the past two decades SGs have been used to address specific aspects of developmentally-regulated programmed cell death (PCD) as it was thought that they are doomed for histolysis and after pupariation are just awaiting their fate...
August 2016: Development, Growth & Differentiation
Martin J Wolley, Aihua Wu, Shengxin Xu, Richard D Gordon, Robert A Fenton, Michael Stowasser
Distal tubular sodium retention is a potent driver of hypertension, and the thiazide-sensitive sodium-chloride cotransporter (NCC) has a key role in this process. In humans, factors regulating NCC are unclear, but in animal models, aldosterone is a potent regulator, possibly via effects on plasma potassium. We studied the effects of the mineralocorticoid fludrocortisone on the abundance of NCC and its phosphorylated form (pNCC) as well as WNK lysine deficient protein kinase 4 (WNK4) and STE20/SPS1-related, proline alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) in human urinary exosomes...
July 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Meena Murthy, Thimo Kurz, Kevin M O'Shaughnessy
Familial hyperkalemic hypertension (FHHt) is a rare inherited form of salt-dependent hypertension caused by mutations in proteins that regulate the renal Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter NCC Mutations in four genes have been reported to cause FHHt including CUL3 (Cullin3) that encodes a component of a RING E3 ligase. Cullin-3 binds to WNK kinase-bound KLHL3 (the substrate recognition subunit of the ubiquitin ligase complex) to promote ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of WNK kinases. Deletion of exon 9 from CUL3 (affecting residues 403-459, CUL3(Δ403-459)) causes a severe form of FHHt (PHA2E) that is recapitulated closely in a knock-in mouse model...
July 2016: Physiological Reports
Eduardo R Argaiz, Gerardo Gamba
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Abundant evidence supports that the NaCl cotransporter (NCC) activity is tightly regulated by the with-no-lysine (WNK) kinases. Here, we summarize the data regarding NCC regulation by WNKs, with a particular emphasis on WNK4. RECENT FINDINGS: Several studies involving in-vivo and in-vitro models have provided paradoxical data regarding WNK4 regulation of the NCC. Although some studies show that WNK4 can activate the NCC, other equally compelling studies show that WNK4 inhibits the NCC...
September 2016: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Adriana Mercado, Paola de Los Heros, Zesergio Melo, María Chávez-Canales, Adrián R Murillo-de-Ozores, Erika Moreno, Silvana Bazúa-Valenti, Norma Vázquez, Juliette Hadchouel, Gerardo Gamba
The K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporters (KCC1-KCC4) encompass a branch of the SLC12 family of electroneutral cation-coupled chloride cotransporters that translocate ions out of the cell to regulate various factors, including cell volume and intracellular chloride concentration, among others. L-WNK1 is an ubiquitously expressed kinase that is activated in response to osmotic stress and intracellular chloride depletion, and it is implicated in two distinct hereditary syndromes: the renal disease pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII) and the neurological disease hereditary sensory neuropathy 2 (HSN2)...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Bor Luen Tang
Members of With-no-lysine (WNK) family of serine-threonine kinase are key regulators of chloride ion transport in diverse cell types, controlling the activity and the surface expression of cation-chloride (Na(+)/K(+)-Cl(-)) co-transporters. Mutations in WNK1 and WNK4 are linked to a hereditary form of hypertension, and WNKs have been extensively investigated pertaining to their roles in renal epithelial ion homeostasis. However, some members of the WNK family and their splice isoforms are also expressed in the mammalian brain, and have been implicated in aspects of hereditary neuropathy as well as neuronal and glial survival...
July 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Xiao-Tong Su, Wen-Hui Wang
Kir4.1 is an inwardly rectifying potassium (K(+)) channel and is expressed in the brain, inner ear, and kidney. In the kidney, Kir4.1 is expressed in the basolateral membrane of the late thick ascending limb (TAL), the distal convoluted tubule (DCT), and the connecting tubule (CNT)/cortical collecting duct (CCD). It plays a role in K(+) recycling across the basolateral membrane in corresponding nephron segments and in generating negative membrane potential. The renal phenotypes of the loss-function mutations of Kir4...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Bernat Elvira, Yogesh Singh, Jamshed Warsi, Carlos Munoz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1 (OSR1) and the serine/threonine kinases SPAK (SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase) are under the control of WNK (with-no-K [Lys]) kinases. OSR1 and SPAK participate in diverse functions including cell volume regulation and neuronal excitability. Cell volume and neuronal excitation are further modified by the large conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (maxi K+ channel or BK channels). An influence of OSR1 and/or SPAK on BK channel activity has, however, never been shown...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Mohammed Z Ferdaus, James A McCormick
Chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most common disease in the Unites States. While several classes of drugs exist to treat it, many patients (up to 10 million Americans) respond poorly to therapy, even when multiple classes are used. Recent evidence suggests that a significant portion of patients will always remain hypertensive despite maximum therapy with the drugs currently available. Therefore, there is a pressing need to develop novel antihypertensive agents. One limitation has been the identification of new targets, a limitation that has been overcome by recent insights into the mechanisms underlying monogenic forms of hypertension...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Kristopher T Kahle, Jean-François Schmouth, Valérie Lavastre, Alban Latremoliere, Jinwei Zhang, Nick Andrews, Takao Omura, Janet Laganière, Daniel Rochefort, Pascale Hince, Geneviève Castonguay, Rébecca Gaudet, Josiane C S Mapplebeck, Susana G Sotocinal, JingJing Duan, Catherine Ward, Arjun R Khanna, Jeffrey S Mogil, Patrick A Dion, Clifford J Woolf, Perrine Inquimbert, Guy A Rouleau
HSN2is a nervous system predominant exon of the gene encoding the kinase WNK1 and is mutated in an autosomal recessive, inherited form of congenital pain insensitivity. The HSN2-containing splice variant is referred to as WNK1/HSN2. We created a knockout mouse specifically lacking theHsn2exon ofWnk1 Although these mice had normal spinal neuron and peripheral sensory neuron morphology and distribution, the mice were less susceptible to hypersensitivity to cold and mechanical stimuli after peripheral nerve injury...
March 29, 2016: Science Signaling
Chloé Rafael, Maria Chavez-Canales, Juliette Hadchouel
The study of Familial Hyperkalemic Hypertension (FHHt), a rare monogenic disease, allowed remarkable advances in the understanding of the mechanisms of regulation of NaCl reabsorption by the distal nephron. FHHt results from mutations in the genes encoding WNK1 and WNK4, two serine-threonine kinases of the WNK (With No lysine [K]) family. The clinical manifestations of FHHt are due, among others, to an increased activity of the Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter NCC. Several groups therefore tried to understand how WNK1 and WNK4 could regulate NCC...
March 2016: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Hashem A Dbouk, Chou-Long Huang, Melanie H Cobb
The With no Lysine [K] (WNK) family of enzymes are central in the regulation of blood pressure. WNKs have been implicated in hereditary hypertension disorders, mainly through control of the activity and levels of ion cotransporters and channels. Actions of WNKs in the kidney have been heavily investigated, and recent studies have provided insight into not only the regulation of these enzymes but also how mutations in WNKs and their interacting partners contribute to hypertensive disorders. Defining the roles of WNKs in the cardiovascular system will provide clues about additional mechanisms by which WNKs can regulate blood pressure...
July 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Dianelys Gonzalez-Pena, Scott E Nixon, Jason C O'Connor, Bruce R Southey, Marcus A Lawson, Robert H McCusker, Tania Borras, Debbie Machuca, Alvaro G Hernandez, Robert Dantzer, Keith W Kelley, Sandra L Rodriguez-Zas
Depression symptoms following immune response to a challenge have been reported after the recovery from sickness. A RNA-Seq study of the dysregulation of the microglia transcriptome in a model of inflammation-associated depressive behavior was undertaken. The transcriptome of microglia from mice at day 7 after Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) challenge was compared to that from unchallenged Control mice and to the transcriptome from peripheral macrophages from the same mice. Among the 562 and 3,851 genes differentially expressed between BCG-challenged and Control mice in microglia and macrophages respectively, 353 genes overlapped between these cells types...
2016: PloS One
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