Adenylosuccinate Lyase (ADSL) functions in de novo purine biosynthesis (DNPS) and the purine nucleotide cycle. ADSL deficiency (ADSLD) causes numerous neurodevelopmental pathologies, including microcephaly and autism spectrum disorder. ADSLD patients have normal serum purine nucleotide levels but exhibit accumulation of dephosphorylated ADSL substrates, S-Ado and SAICAr, the latter being implicated in neurotoxic effects through unknown mechanisms. We examined the phenotypic effects of ADSL depletion in human cells and their relation to phenotypic outcomes. Using specific interventions to compensate for reduced purine levels or modulate SAICAr accumulation, we found that diminished AMP levels resulted in increased DNA damage signaling and cell cycle delays, while primary ciliogenesis was impaired specifically by loss of ADSL or administration of SAICAr. ADSL deficient chicken and zebrafish embryos displayed impaired neurogenesis and microcephaly. Neuroprogenitor attrition in zebrafish embryos was rescued by pharmacological inhibition of DNPS, but not increased nucleotide concentration. Zebrafish also displayed phenotypes commonly linked to ciliopathies. Our results suggest that both reduced purine levels and impaired DNPS contribute to neurodevelopmental pathology in ADSLD and that defective ciliogenesis may influence the ADSLD phenotypic spectrum.
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- Ilaria Dutto
- Jens Lüders
- Travis H Stracker
- Melanie Philipp
- Melanie Philipp
- Jens Lüders
- Travis H Stracker
- Olga Souckova
- Václava Škopová
- Marie Zikánová
- Sebastian Pons
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Fadel Tissir, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
- Preprint posted: November 23, 2020 (view preprint)
- Received: May 26, 2021
- Accepted: December 22, 2021
- Accepted Manuscript published: February 8, 2022 (version 1)
- Accepted Manuscript updated: February 9, 2022 (version 2)
- Version of Record published: February 24, 2022 (version 3)
- Version of Record updated: March 18, 2022 (version 4)
- Version of Record updated: September 16, 2022 (version 5)
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