Feb 25, 2020

Polycystin-2 (TRPP2) Regulates Primary Cilium Length in LLC-PK1 Renal Epithelial Cells

Paula L PerezMaría Del Rocío Cantero


Polycystin-2 (PC2, TRPP2) is a Ca2+ permeable non-selective cation channel whose dysfunction generates autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). PC2 is present in different cell locations, including the primary cilium of renal epithelial cells. Little is known, however, as to whether PC2 contributes to the structure of the primary cilium. Here, we explored the effect(s) of external Ca2+, PC2 channel blockers, and PKD2 gene silencing on the length of primary cilia in wild type LLC-PK1 renal epithelial cells. To identify primary cilia and measure their length, confluent cell monolayers were fixed and immuno-labeled with an anti-acetylated alpha-tubulin antibody. Although primary cilia length measurements did not follow a Normal distribution, data were normalized by Box-Cox transformation rendering statistical difference under all experimental conditions. Cells exposed to high external Ca2+ (6.2 mM) decreased a 13.5% (p < 0.001) primary cilia length as compared to controls (1.2 mM Ca2+). In contrast, the PC2 inhibitors amiloride (200 μM) and LiCl (10 mM), both increased primary ciliary length by 33.2% (p < 0.001), and 17.4% (p < 0.001), respectively. PKD2 gene silencing by siRNA also elicited a statistically significan...Continue Reading

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Calcium ion
Gene Silencing
RNA, Small Interfering
Statistical Study

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