Prefibrillar Amyloid Aggregates and Cold Shocked Tetrameric Wild Type Transthyretin are Cytotoxic
(English)Manuscript (Other academic)
Recent studies suggest that soluble, oligomeric species, which are intermediates in the fibril formation process in amyloid disease, might be the key species in amyloid pathogenesis. Soluble oligomers of TTR were produced by kinetic sampling from a TTR fibrillation reaction (A-state TTR, pH 2, 100 mM NaCl). The reaction was terminated at different time points, and different states in the aggregation process were captured and analyzed to elucidate the oligomer properties followed by sampling for cytotoxicity using exposure towards human SH-SYY5 neuroblastoma cells. Employing ThT fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy of pyrenelabeled TTR, chemical cross-linking and electron microscopy we demonstrated that early formed oligomers from A-state TTR were soluble and comprised on the average 20-30 TTR monomers. Early oligomers were highly cytotoxic and induced apoptosis as indicated by the MTT assay and caspase-3 activation, whereas mature fibrils were non-toxic. We also indicate an activated unfolded protein response in cells exposed to oligomers as evidenced by an increased expression of the endoplasmic reticulum located molecular chaperone BiP. Following exposure, BiP appeared relocalized to the cytoplasm. Surprisingly, we also found that native tetrameric TTR purified and stored under cold conditions (4 °C) was highly cytotoxic. The effect could be partially restored by increasing the temperature of the protein. The molecular basis for this pathogenicity is rather unclear but likely stems from previously reported increased sensitivity towards dissociation and denaturation of TTR at low temperatures and opens the possibility that rearranged tetrameric TTR is cytotoxic towards neuroblastoma cells.
Amyloid, apoptosis, transthyretin, chaperone, misfolding, oligomer
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12562DiVA: diva2:1712