Jan 30, 2020

Vps35 Deficiency Impairs Cdk5/p35 Degradation and Promotes the Hyperphosphorylation of Tau Protein in Retinal Ganglion Cells

Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ling GaoWei Liu


Vacuolar protein sorting 35 (Vps35) mutations and protein dysfunction have been linked to the hyperphosphorylation and accumulation of tau protein in a number of central neurodegenerative disorders. The aims of the present study were to investigate the mechanism underlying the tau hyperphosphorylation caused by Vps35 deficiency. The cells used in this study were primary retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). The rat retinal glutamate excitotoxicity model was used in vivo. Fresh retinal tissues or eyeballs were collected at different time points. The expression and interactions of Vps35, Cdk5/p35, tau hyperphosphorylation, LAMP1, EEA1 and UBE1 in RGCs were studied by immunofluorescence staining, Western blotting, and immunoprecipitation. The downregulation and overexpression of Vps35 increased and decreased the expression of p35 and tau hyperphosphorylation, respectively. More important, roscovitine, a Cdk5 inhibitor, could effectively decrease the hyperphosphorylated tau level induced by Vps35 deficiency. Furthermore, this study confirmed that the inhibition of Vps35 could increase the activity of Cdk5/p35 by affecting the lysosomal degradation of p35 and lead to the degeneration of RGCs. These findings demonstrate the possibility that...Continue Reading

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