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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(4), 1196;

Calsenilin, a Presenilin Interactor, Regulates RhoA Signaling and Neurite Outgrowth

Ilsong Institute of Life Science, Hallym University, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do 14066, Korea
Department of Biomedical Gerontology, Graduate School of Hallym University, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do 24252, Korea
Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do 24252, Korea
Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Mass General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA
Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do 24252, Korea
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Received: 12 March 2018 / Revised: 6 April 2018 / Accepted: 9 April 2018 / Published: 13 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Calcium Binding Proteins)
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Calsenilin modulates A-type potassium channels, regulates presenilin-mediated γ-secretase activity, and represses prodynorphin and c-fos genes expression. RhoA is involved in various cellular functions including proliferation, differentiation, migration, transcription, and regulation of the actin cytoskeleton. Although recent studies demonstrate that calsenilin can directly interact with RhoA and that RhoA inactivation is essential for neuritogenesis, it is uncertain whether there is a link between calsenilin and RhoA-regulated neuritogenesis. Here, we investigated the role of calsenilin in RhoA-regulated neuritogenesis using in vitro and in vivo systems. We found that calsenilin induced RhoA inactivation, which accompanied RhoA phosphorylation and the reduced phosphorylation levels of LIM kinase (LIMK) and cofilin. Interestingly, PC12 cells overexpressing either full-length (FL) or the caspase 3-derived C-terminal fragment (CTF) of calsenilin significantly inactivated RhoA through its interaction with RhoA and p190 Rho GTPase-activating protein (p190RhoGAP). In addition, cells expressing FL and the CTF of calsenilin had increased neurite outgrowth compared to cells expressing the N-terminal fragment (NTF) of calsenilin or vector alone. Moreover, Tat-C3 and Y27632 treatment significantly increased the percentage of neurite-bearing cells, neurite length, and the number of neurites in cells. Finally, calsenilin deficiency in the brains of calsenilin-knockout mice significantly interfered with RhoA inactivation. These findings suggest that calsenilin contributes to neuritogenesis through RhoA inactivation. View Full-Text
Keywords: calsenilin; RhoA; p190RhoGAP; neurite outgrowth calsenilin; RhoA; p190RhoGAP; neurite outgrowth

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Kim, H.-J.; Lee, W.-H.; Kim, M.-J.; Shin, S.; Jang, B.; Park, J.-B.; Wasco, W.; Buxbaum, J.D.; Kim, Y.-S.; Choi, E.-K. Calsenilin, a Presenilin Interactor, Regulates RhoA Signaling and Neurite Outgrowth. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1196.

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