Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Robert M. Dores

Keywords

&alpha,-MSH, &alpha,TC1.9 cells, Endoproteolysis, Fusion protein, JP, POMC

Abstract

The maturation process of many prohormone molecules typically requires endoproteolytic cleavage C-terminal of dibasic residues, such as the K141R142↓ site N-terminal of the α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) sequence in Silurana tropicalis proopiomelanocortin (POMC). In order to determine the absolute requirement of basic amino acid residues in the cleavage process, site-directed mutagenesis was employed to substitute alanine for the wild-type residues in the frog POMC open reading frame. Specifically, the following underlined residues were individually targeted for alanine substitution: R 137 Q 138 E 139 N 140 K 141 R 142↓. The mouse pancreatic αTC1.9 cell line, which expresses prohormone convertase 2 (PC2), was selected as the model system for transfection studies. The processing of wild-type frog POMC was correctly predicted to mimic that observed in the intermediate pituitaries of the frog. Moreover, biochemical analysis of mutant frog constructs in the α-cells revealed that alanine substitutions of K141 and R142, but not of R137, disrupted endoproteolytic cleavage resulting in a JP-α-MSH mutant fusion protein. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis of the αTC1.9 cells detected the relative gene expression levels of mouse PC2, glucagon but not PC1/3; detection of S. tropicalis POMC was only evident in the transfected α-cells, which was consistent with immunocytochemical data.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Quinn Kun Chen

File size

92 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Endocrinology, Neurosciences

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