Protein Serine/Threonine Phosphotase-1 is Essential in Governing Normal Development of Vertebrate Eye

Author(s): W.-B. Liu, Q. Yan, F.-Y. Liu, X.-C. Tang, H.-G. Chen, J. Liu, L. Nie, X.-W. Zhang, W.-K. Ji, X.-H. Hu, W.-F. Hu, Z. Woodward, K.-L. Wu, M.-X. Wu, X.-L. Liu, L.-X. Luo, M.-B. Yu, Y.-Z. Liu, S.-J. Liu, D.W.-C. Li

Journal Name: Current Molecular Medicine

Volume 12 , Issue 10 , 2012


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Abstract:

Protein serine/threonine phosphatase-1 (PP-1) is one of the key enzymes responsible for dephosphorylation in vertebrates. Protein dephosphorylation via PP-1 is implicated in many different biological processes including gene expression, cell cycle control, transformation, neuronal transmission, apoptosis, autophage and senescence. However, whether PP-1 directly controls animal development remains to be investigated. Here, we present direct evidence to show that PP-1 plays an essential role in regulating eye development of vertebrates. Using goldfish as a model system, we have shown the following novel results. First, inhibition of PP-1 activity leads to death of a majority of the treated embryos, and the survived embryos displayed severe phenotype in the eye. Second, knockdown of each catalytic subunit of PP-1 with morpholino oligomers leads to partial (PP-lα knockdown) or complete (PP-lβ or PP-lγ knockdown) death of the injected embryos. The survived embryos from PP-1α knockdown displayed clear retardation in lens differentiation. Finally, overexpression of each subunit of PP-1 also causes death of majority of the injected embryos and leads to abnormal development of goldfish eye. Mechanistically, Pax-6 is one of the major downstream targets mediating the effects of PP-1 function since the eye phenotype in Pax-6 knockdown fish is similar to that derived from overexpression of PP-1. Together, our results for the first time provide direct evidence that protein phosphatase-1 plays a key role in governing normal eye formation during goldfish development.

Keywords: Cataract, differentiation, eye development, lens, PP-1, PP-1α/β/γ, protein phosphatases, retina, retina degeneration, gene expression, cell cycle progression, transformation, neuronal transmission, apoptosis, autophage

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VOLUME: 12
ISSUE: 10
Year: 2012
Published on: 01 November, 2012
Page: [1361 - 1371]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/156652412803833535
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