Sep 6, 2019

Different Grp94 components interact transiently with the myocilin olfactomedin domain in vitro to enhance or retard its amyloid aggregation

Scientific Reports
Dustin J E HuardRaquel L Lieberman


The inherited form of open angle glaucoma arises due to a toxic gain-of-function intracellular misfolding event involving a mutated myocilin olfactomedin domain (OLF). Mutant myocilin is recognized by the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident heat shock protein 90 paralog, glucose regulated protein 94 (Grp94), but their co-aggregation precludes mutant myocilin clearance by ER-associated degradation. When the Grp94-mutant myocilin interaction is abrogated by inhibitors or siRNA, mutant myocilin is efficiently degraded. Here we dissected Grp94 into component domains (N, NM, MC) to better understand the molecular factors governing its interaction with OLF. We show that the Grp94 N-terminal nucleotide-binding N domain is responsible for accelerating OLF aggregation in vitro. Upon inhibiting the isolated N domain pharmacologically or removing the Pre-N terminal 57 residues from full-length Grp94, OLF aggregation rates revert to those seen for OLF alone, but only pharmacological inhibition rescues co-aggregation. The Grp94-OLF interaction is below the detection limit of fluorescence polarization measurements, but chemical crosslinking paired with mass spectrometry analyses traps a reproducible interaction between OLF and the Grp94 N do...Continue Reading

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RNA, Small Interfering
Neutrophil Migration, Function
HSP90 Heat-Shock Proteins
Mass Spectrometry
Protein Aggregation, Pathological
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