Lysine 63 ubiquitination is involved in the progression of tubular damage in diabetic nephropathy

Paola Pontrelli, Francesca Conserva, Massimo Papale, Annarita Oranger, Mariagrazia Barozzino, Grazia Vocino, Maria Teresa Rocchetti, Margherita Gigante, Giuseppe Castellano, Michele Rossini, Simona Simone, Luigi Laviola, Francesco Giorgino, Giuseppe Grandaliano, Salvatore Di Paolo, Loreto Gesualdo

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The purpose of our study was to evaluate how hyperglycemia (HG)influences Lys63 protein ubiquitination and its involvement in tubular damage and fibrosis in diabetic nephropathy (DN). Gene and protein expression of UBE2v1, a ubiquitin-conjugating E2-enzyme variant that mediates Lys63-linked ubiquitination, and Lys63-ubiquitinated proteins increased in HK2 tubular cells under HG. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight/tandemmass spectrometry identified 30 Lys63-ubiquitinated proteins, mainly involved in cellular organization, such as β-actin, whose Lys63 ubiquitination increased under HG, leading to cytoskeleton disorganization. This effect was reversed by the inhibitor of the Ubc13/UBE2v1 complexNSC697923. Western blot analysis confirmed that UBE2v1 silencing in HK2 under HG, restored Lys63-β-actin ubiquitination levels tothebasal condition. Immunohistochemistry on patients with type 2diabetic (T2D) revealed an increase in UBE2v1-and Lys63-ubiquitinatedproteins, particularly in kidneys of patients with DN compared with control kidneys and other non diabetic renal diseases, such as membranous nephropathy. Increased Lys63 ubiquitination both in vivo in patients with DN and in vitro, correlated with a-SMA expression, whereas UBE2v1 silencing reduced HG-induced a-SMA protein levels, returning them to basal expression. In conclusion, UBE2v1- and Lys63-ubiquitinated proteins increase in vitro under HG, as well as in vivo in T2D, is augmented in patients with DN, and may affect cytoskeleton organization and influence epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. This process may drive the progression of tubular damage and interstitial fibrosis in patients with DN.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)308-319
Numero di pagine12
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Biomarkers
  • Cell Line
  • Diabetic Nephropathies
  • Diabetic kidney
  • EMT
  • Epithelial Cells
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Gene Silencing
  • Humans
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Post-translational modifications
  • Transcription Factors
  • Ubiquitin-Conjugating Enzymes
  • Ubiquitinated Proteins
  • Ubiquitination


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