Primary Brain Calcification Causal PiT2 Transport-Knockout Variants can Exert Dominant Negative Effects on Wild-Type PiT2 Transport Function in Mammalian Cells

Frederik Larsen, Nina Jensen, Jacob Kwasi Autzen, Iben Boutrup Kongsfelt, Lene Pedersen

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Abstract

Primary brain calcification (PBC) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by calcium-phosphate deposits in the basal ganglia and often also other areas of the brain. The prevalent clinical manifestations are cognitive impairment, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and movement disorders. In recent years, monoallelic variants in SLC20A2, which encodes the type III sodium-dependent inorganic phosphate (P i) transporter 2 (PiT2), have been linked to the familial form of PBC in 40–50% of the families reported worldwide as well as to sporadic cases of PBC. Further insight into the disease mechanism is, however, needed. Based on co-expression studies of wild-type and variant PiT2 in Xenopus laevis oocytes, the molecular disease mechanism associated with SLC20A2 missense variants has formerly been suggested to be haploinsufficiency. We have here used mammalian cells isolated from a Slc20a2 −/− mouse and co-expression of human wild-type and variant PiT2. Two of the variants studied have both been reported twice in unrelated PBC cases: PiT2D28N in two sporadic cases and PiT2E575K in a familial and a sporadic case. We find that in mammalian cells, the analyzed SLC20A2 missense variants can exert their effect in a dominant negative manner resulting in decreased wild-type PiT2 P i transport. Thus, compared to monoallelic lack of functional PiT2 protein expression, which reasonably points towards haploinsufficiency, certain SLC20A2 missense variants may be more detrimental for cellular P i uptake and potentially contribute to an earlier disease onset and/or a more severe phenotype as observed for Slc20a2 −/− mice compared to Slc20a2 +/− mice.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Molecular Neuroscience
Vol/bind61
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)215-220
Antal sider6
ISSN0895-8696
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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