Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.529, No.1, 112-118, 2020
Plakoglobin is involved in cytoskeletal rearrangement of podocytes under the regulation of UCH-L1
UCH-L1 is a de-ubiquitination enzyme comprehensively distributed in neural cells and podocytes, which is involved in several kinds of nervous system and kidney related diseases. Our previous studies have demonstrated the aberrant up-regulation of UCH-L1 in podocytes of renal diseases, but how dose podocytes are injured by up-regulated UCH-L1 is waiting to be elucidated. Here, we observed the cytoskeleton rearrangement in podocytes with over-expression of UCH-L1, accompanied with a downregulation of synaptopodin and RhoA, which are closely related to cytoskeletal stabilization. However, we did not see any alteration of RhoA ubiquitination level under the stimulation of UCH-L1 in podocytes. Subsequently, mass spectrum was applied in UCH-L1-flag immunoprecipitation and plakoglobin was screened out, which was among the UCH-L1-combined proteins and most likely related to cytoskeleton rearrangement. Our experiment demonstrates UCH-L1 may not injure podocytes cytoskeleton through a direct regulation on RhoA/Synaptopodin, but through the regulation of plakoglobin, which could be a promising target for treatment of renal disease in the future. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.