Scientific article

Impaired NH2-terminal processing of human proislet amyloid polypeptide by the prohormone convertase PC2 leads to amyloid formation and cell death

Published inDiabetes, vol. 55, no. 8, p. 2192-2201
Publication date2006

Islet amyloid, formed by aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP; amylin), is a pathological characteristic of the pancreas in type 2 diabetes and may contribute to the progressive loss of beta-cells in this disease. We tested the hypothesis that impaired processing of the IAPP precursor proIAPP contributes to amyloid formation and cell death. GH3 cells lacking the prohormone convertase 1/3 (PC1/3) and IAPP and with very low levels of prohormone convertase 2 (PC2) were transduced with adenovirus (Ad) expressing human or rat (control) proIAPP linked to green fluorescent protein, with or without Ad-PC2 or Ad-PC1/3. Expression of human proIAPP increased the number of transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL)-positive cells 96 h after transduction (+hIAPP 8.7 +/- 0.4% vs. control 3.0 +/- 0.4%; P < 0.05). COOH-terminal processing of human proIAPP by PC1/3 increased (hIAPP+PC1/3 10.4 +/- 0.7%; P < 0.05), whereas NH(2)-terminal processing of proIAPP by addition of PC2 markedly decreased (hIAPP+PC2 5.5 +/- 0.5%; P < 0.05) the number of apoptotic GH3 cells. Islets from mice lacking PC2 and with beta-cell expression of human proIAPP (hIAPP(+/+)/PC2(-/-)) developed amyloid associated with beta-cell death during 2-week culture. Rescue of PC2 expression by ex vivo transduction with Ad-PC2 restored NH(2)-terminal processing to mature IAPP and decreased both the extent of amyloid formation and the number of TUNEL-positive cells (-PC2 26.5 +/- 4.1% vs. +PC2 16.1 +/- 4.3%; P < 0.05). These findings suggest that impaired NH(2)-terminal processing of proIAPP leads to amyloid formation and cell death and that accumulation of the NH(2)-terminally extended human proIAPP intermediate may be a critical initiating step in amyloid formation.

  • Adenoviridae/genetics
  • Amyloid/ biosynthesis/genetics/metabolism
  • Animals
  • Apoptosis/ physiology
  • Cell Line
  • Gene Expression
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/genetics
  • Humans
  • In Situ Nick-End Labeling
  • Islets of Langerhans/ enzymology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred CBA
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Peptide Fragments/metabolism
  • Pituitary Gland, Anterior
  • Proprotein Convertase 2/deficiency/genetics/ metabolism
  • Rats
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Transfection
Citation (ISO format)
MARZBAN, Lucy et al. Impaired NH2-terminal processing of human proislet amyloid polypeptide by the prohormone convertase PC2 leads to amyloid formation and cell death. In: Diabetes, 2006, vol. 55, n° 8, p. 2192–2201. doi: 10.2337/db05-1566
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ISSN of the journal0012-1797

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