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Long-lived metabolic enzymes in the Crystallin lens identified by pulse-labeling of mice and mass spectrometry

  1. Pan Liu
  2. Seby Louis Edassery
  3. Laith Ali
  4. Benjamin R Thomson
  5. Jeffrey N Savas  Is a corresponding author
  6. Jing Jin  Is a corresponding author
  1. Northwestern University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e50170 doi: 10.7554/eLife.50170

Abstract

The lenticular fiber cells are comprised of extremely long-lived proteins while still maintaining an active biochemical state. Dysregulation of these activities has been implicated in diseases such as age-related cataracts. However, the lenticular protein dynamics underlying health and disease is unclear. We sought to measure the global protein turnover rates in the eye using nitrogen-15 labeling of mice and mass spectrometry. We measured the 14N/15N-peptide ratios of 248 lens proteins, including Crystallin, Aquaporin, Collagen and enzymes that catalyze glycolysis and oxidation/reduction reactions. Direct comparison of lens cortex versus nucleus revealed little or no 15N-protein contents in most nuclear proteins, while there were a broad range of 14N/15N ratios in cortex proteins. Unexpectedly, like Crystallins, many enzymes with relatively high abundance in nucleus were also exceedingly long-lived. The slow replacement of these enzymes in spite of young age of mice suggests their potential roles in age-related metabolic changes in the lens.

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  1. Pan Liu

    Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
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  2. Seby Louis Edassery

    Department of Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
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  3. Laith Ali

    Department of Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
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  4. Benjamin R Thomson

    Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
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  5. Jeffrey N Savas

    Department of Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
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    jeffrey.savas@northwestern.edu
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  6. Jing Jin

    Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
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    jing.jin@northwestern.edu
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National Institutes of Health (R01AG061787)

  • Jeffrey N Savas

National Institutes of Health (R21AI131087)

  • Jing Jin

National Institutes of Health (R01EY025799)

  • Jing Jin

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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Animal experimentation: All animal procedures were approved by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the Northwestern University (approved protocol number IS00000429 and IS00000862).

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  1. Jeremy Nathans, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: July 12, 2019
  2. Accepted: December 4, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: December 10, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: December 16, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Liu et al.

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