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Functional characterization of the lysosomal membrane protein TMEM192 in mice
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Thuy Linh Nguyen1, Janna Schneppenheim2, Sönke Rudnik1, Renate Lüllmann-Rauch2, Christian Bernreuther3, Irm Hermans-Borgmeyer4, Markus Glatzel3, Paul Saftig1 and Bernd Schröder1
1 Biochemical Institute, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2 Institute of Anatomy, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
3 Institute of Neuropathology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
4 Center for Molecular Neurobiology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
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Keywords: transmembrane protein 192, lysosome, lysosomal membrane, autophagy, proteolytic processing
Received: January 04, 2017 Accepted: April 18, 2017 Published: April 28, 2017
The Transmembrane protein 192 (TMEM192) is a lysosomal/late endosomal protein initially discovered by organellar proteomics. TMEM192 exhibits four transmembrane segments with cytosolic N- and C-termini and forms homodimers. Devoid of significant homologies, the molecular function of TMEM192 is currently unknown. Upon TMEM192 knockdown in hepatoma cells, a dysregulation of autophagy and increased apoptosis were reported. Here, we aimed to define the physiological role of TMEM192 by analysing consequences of TMEM192 ablation in mice. Therefore, we compared the biochemical properties of murine TMEM192 to those of the human orthologue. We reveal lysosomal residence of murine TMEM192 and demonstrate ubiquitous tissue expression. In brain, TMEM192 expression was pronounced in the hippocampus but also present in the cortex and cerebellum, as analysed based on a lacZ reporter allele. Murine TMEM192 undergoes proteolytic processing in a tissue-specific manner. Thereby, a 17 kDa fragment is generated which was detected in most murine tissues except liver. TMEM192 processing occurs after lysosomal targeting by pH-dependent lysosomal proteases. TMEM192-/- murine embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) exhibited a regular morphology of endo-/lysosomes and were capable of performing autophagy and lysosomal exocytosis. Histopathological, ultrastructural and biochemical analyses of all major tissues of TMEM192-/- mice demonstrated normal lysosomal functions without apparent lysosomal storage. Furthermore, the abundance of the major immune cells was comparable in TMEM192-/- and wild type mice. Based on this, we conclude that under basal conditions in vivo the loss of TMEM192 can be efficiently compensated by alternative pathways. Further studies will be required to decipher its molecular function.
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