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Type: Journal article
Title: Calnexin depletion by endoplasmic reticulum stress during cholestasis inhibits the Na⁺-taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide
Other Titles: Calnexin depletion by endoplasmic reticulum stress during cholestasis inhibits the Na+-taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide
Author: Robin, M.J.
Appelman, M.D.
Vos, H.R.
van Es, R.M.
Paton, J.C.
Paton, A.W.
Burgering, B.
Fickert, P.
Heijmans, J.
van de Graaf, S.F.
Citation: Hepatology Communications, 2018; 2(12):1550-1566
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 2471-254X
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Marion J.D. Robin, Monique D. Appelman, Harmjan R. Vos, Robert M. van Es, James C. Paton, Adrienne W. Paton, Boudewijn Burgering, Peter Fickert, Jarom Heijmans and Stan F.J. van de Graaf
Abstract: Cholestasis-induced accumulation of bile acids in the liver leads to farnesoid X receptor (FXR)-mediated transcriptional down-regulation of the bile acid importer Na⁺-taurocholate cotransporting protein (NTCP) and to induction of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. However, whether ER stress affects bile acid uptake is largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of ER stress on the regulation and function of the bile acid transporter NTCP. ER stress was induced using thapsigargin or subtilase cytotoxin in human osteosarcoma (U2OS) and human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells stably expressing NTCP. Cellular bile acid uptake was determined using radiolabeled taurocholate (TCA). NTCP plasma membrane expression was determined by cell surface biotinylation. Mice received a single injection of thapsigargin, and effects of ER stress on NTCP messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein were measured by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blot analysis. Effects of cholestasis on NTCP and ER stress were assessed in response to 3, 5-diethoxycarbonyl-1, 4-dihydrocollidine (DDC) feeding or bile duct ligation in FXR-/- mice after 7 or 3 days, respectively. Novel NTCP-interacting proteins were identified by mass spectrometry (MS), interaction verified, and assessed by co-immunoprecipitation and TCA uptake for functional relevance in relation to ER stress. ER stress induction strongly reduced NTCP protein expression, plasma membrane abundance, and NTCP-mediated bile acid uptake. This was not controlled by FXR or through a single unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway but mainly depended on the interaction of NTCP with calnexin, an ER chaperone. In mice, expression of both NTCP and calnexin was reduced by thapsigargin or cholestasis-induced ER stress. Calnexin down-regulation in vitro recapitulated the effect of ER stress on NTCP. Conclusion: ER stress-induced down-regulation of calnexin provides an additional mechanism to dampen NTCP-mediated bile acid uptake and protect hepatocytes against bile acid overload during cholestasis.
Rights: © 2018 The Authors. Hepatology Communications published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial, and no modifications or adaptations are made.
DOI: 10.1002/hep4.1262
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