Identification and investigations of leucine-rich repeats and immunoglobulin-like domains protein 2 (LRIG2)
Sammanfattning: Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) constitute a family of proteins controlling cell growth and proliferation and whose activities are tightly controlled in normal cells. LRIG1 is a negative regulator of RTK signaling and is a proposed tumor suppressor. The aim of this thesis was to identify and study possible paralogs of LRIG1. By using the basic local alignment search tool and cDNA cloning, a human mRNA sequence with similarity to LRIG1 was identified and named LRIG2. By fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis, LRIG2 was found to reside on chromosome 1p13. The LRIG2 amino acid sequence was 47% identical to LRIG1, and the predicted protein domain organization was the same as that of LRIG1. Antibodies against LRIG2 were developed and the apparent molecular weight of the protein was determined to be 132 kDa by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Western blot analysis. The sub-cellular localization was studied by cell surface biotinylation experiments and confocal fluorescence laser microscopy, which revealed that LRIG2 resided at the cell surface and in the cytoplasm.The expression patterns of LRIG2 mRNA, during development and in adult tissues, were evaluated using whole-mount in situ hybridization and quantitative real-time RT-PCR, respectively. In E10.5, E11.5 and E12.5 mouse embryos, the Lrig2 expression domains were both overlapping and unique as compared to the expression domains of Lrig1 and the third family member, Lrig3. In adult human tissues, the most prominent LRIG2 mRNA expression was found in skin, uterus and ovary. To study the developmental and physiological role of LRIG2, Lrig2 knock-out mice were generated. The knock-out mice were born at Mendelian frequencies without any apparent morphological abnormalities. However, Lrig2 knock-out mice showed reduced body weight between 5 days and 12-15 weeks of age, increased mortality, and impaired reproductive capacity.To study the role of LRIG2 as a prognostic factor in oligodendroglioma, LRIG2 expression was analyzed in 65 human oligodendrogliomas by immunohistochemistry. Cytoplasmic LRIG2 expression was an independent prognostic factor associated with poor oligodendroglioma patient survival. The possible functional role of LRIG2 in oligodendroglioma biology was further investigated using the RCAS/tv-a mouse model. Tumors resembling human oligodendroglioma were induced by intracranial injection of PDGFB carrying RCAS retroviruses into newborn Ntv-a mice. Lrig2 wild-type animals developed tumors at a higher frequency and of higher malignancy than the Lrig2 knock-out mice. This result supports the notion that LRIG2 promotes PDGF-induced oligodendroglioma genesis. A possible molecular mechanism was revealed as LRIG2 overexpression increased PDGFRa levels in transfected cells. In summary, we identified a new gene named LRIG2, showed that it is expressed in a variety of tissues during development and in adulthood, knocked it out and found that it was required for proper animal growth, health, and reproduction. We also found that Lrig2 expression promoted PDGF-induced oligodendroglioma genesis and was associated with poor oligodendroglioma patient survival, possibly via a PDGFRa stabilizing function.
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