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Channel catfish granzyme-like I is a highly specific serine protease with metase activity that is expressed by fish NK-like cells
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. (Lars Hellman)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4771-0080
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Biology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemical Biology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1459-3815
2016 (English)In: Developmental And Comparative Immunology, ISSN 0145-305X, Vol. 63, p. 84-95Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Here we present the extended cleavage specificity of catfish granzyme-like I, previously identified in fish NK-like cells. This protease has been characterised using substrate phage display and further validated by using a panel of recombinant substrates. A strict preference for Met in the P1 (cleavage) position, indicating metase specificity was observed. A screening of potential in vivo substrates was performed based on the derived P5-P3' consensus: Arg-Val-Thr-Gly-Met(down arrow)Ser-Leu-Val. Channel catfish caspase 6 was one very interesting potential target identified. This site was present in an adjacent position to the classic caspase activation site (Asp179 in human caspase 6). Cleavage of this site (hence potential activation) by the catfish granzyme-like I could reveal a novel mechanism of caspase 6 activation. This poses an interesting idea that the role of granzyme-like proteases in the activation of caspase dependent apoptosis mechanisms has been conserved for over 400 million years.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 63, p. 84-95
Keywords [en]
Fish; Serine protease; Cleavage specificity; Metase; NK cell; Caspase; Evolution
National Category
Immunology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221554DOI: 10.1016/j.dci.2016.05.013ISI: 000380623300010PubMedID: 27216028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-221554DiVA, id: diva2:711292
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Swedish Research Council, 621-2011-5007Available from: 2014-04-09 Created: 2014-04-01 Last updated: 2019-04-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Haematopoietic Serine Proteases: A Cleavage Specificity Analysis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Haematopoietic Serine Proteases: A Cleavage Specificity Analysis
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Mast cells are innate immune cells, historically involved in allergy responses involving IgE. Through this, they have earned a reputation as a fairly detrimental cell type. Their beneficial roles remain somewhat enigmatic although they clearly have the ability to modulate the immune system. This is due to their ability to synthesise many cytokines and chemokines as well as immediately release potent granule-stored mediators. One such mediator is a serine protease, chymase, which has been targeted by pharmaceutical companies developing inhibitors for use in inflammatory conditions.

In order to address roles of the proteases, information regarding their cleavage specificity using substrate phage display can help find potential in vivo substrates.  The human chymase cleaves substrates with aromatic amino acids in the P1 position and has a preference for negatively charged amino acids in the P2’ position. The molecular interactions mediating this P2’ preference was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis, where Arg143 and Lys192 had a clear effect in this selectivity.

As humans express one chymase and rodents express multiple chymases, extrapolating data between species is difficult. Here, the crab-eating macaque was characterised, which showed many similarities to the human chymase including a near identical extended cleavage specificity and effects of human chymase inhibitors.  Appropriate models are needed when developing human inhibitors for therapeutic use in inflammatory conditions.

The effects of five specific chymase inhibitors in development were also tested. The selectivity of inhibitors was dependent on both Arg143 and Lys192, with a greater effect of Lys192. Identification of residues involved in specific inhibitor interactions is important for selective inhibitor development.

Another innate cell type, the NK cell, is important in virus and tumour defence. In the channel catfish, a serine protease from an NK-like cell, granzyme-like I, was characterised. A strict preference for Met in the P1 position was seen, and caspase 6 was identified as a potential in vivo target. This may highlight a novel apoptosis-inducing mechanism from a similar cell type has been conserved for approximately 400 myr.

Here, important residues mediating chymases’ specificity and interactions with inhibitors has been addressed, as well as finding a new animal model for providing ways to combat their roles in pathological settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014. p. 63
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1144
Keywords
Mast cell, cleavage specificity, phage display, chymase, serine protease, granzyme, fish protease
National Category
Immunology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221891 (URN)978-91-554-8945-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-04, C4:305, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2014-05-13 Created: 2014-04-07 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved
2. The mast cell transcriptome and the evolution of granule proteins and Fc receptors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The mast cell transcriptome and the evolution of granule proteins and Fc receptors
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Protection against disease-causing pathogens, known as immunity, involves numerous cells organs, tissues and their products. To able to understand the biology of immune cells (hematopoietic cells) and their role in an immune system, we have used several different methods, including transcriptome analyses, bioinformatics, production of recombinant proteins and analyses of some of them, focusing on the granule proteases by substrate phage display.

Hematopoietic cells express surface receptors interacting with the constant region of immunoglobulins (Igs) known as Fc receptors (FcRs). These receptors play major roles in the immune system, including enhancing phagocytosis, activating antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity and cell activation. A detailed bioinformatics analysis of FcRs reveals that the poly-Ig receptors (PIGR), FcR-like molecules and common signalling γ chain all appeared very early with the appearance of the bony fishes, and thereby represent the first major evolutionary step in FcR evolution. The FcμR, FcαμR, FcγR and FcεR receptors most likely appeared in reptiles or early mammals, representing the second major step in FcR evolution.

Cells of several of the hematopoietic cell lineages contain large numbers of cytoplasmic granules, and serine proteases constitute the major protein content of these granules. In mammals, these proteases are encoded from four different loci: the chymase, the met-ase, the granzyme (A/K) and the mast cell tryptase loci. The granzyme (A/K) locus was the first to appear and came with the cartilaginous fishes. This locus is also the most conserved of the three. The second most conserved locus is the met-ase locus, which is found in bony fishes. The chymase locus appeared relatively late, and we find the first traces in frogs, indicating it appeared in early tetrapods.

To study the early events in the diversification of these hematopoietic serine proteases we have analyzed key characteristics of a protease expressed by an NK-like cell in the channel catfish, catfish granzyme–like I. We have used phage display and further validated the results using a panel of recombinant substrates. This protease showed a strict preference for Met at the P1 (cleavage) position, which indicates met-ase specificity. From the screening of potential in vivo substrates, we found an interesting potential target caspase 6, which indicates that caspase-dependent apoptosis mechanisms have been conserved from fishes to mammals.

A larger quantitative transcriptome analysis of purified mouse peritoneal mast cells, cultured mast cells (BMMCs), and mast cells isolated from mouse ear and lung tissue identified the major tissue specific transcripts in these mast cells as the granule proteases. Mast cell specific receptors and processing enzymes were expressed at approximately 2 orders of magnitude lower levels. The levels of a few proteases were quite different at various anatomical sites between in vivo and cultured BMMCs. These studies have given us a new insights into mast cells in different tissues, as well as key evolutionary aspects concerning the origins of a number of granule proteases and FcRs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2019. p. 55
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1803
Keywords
Mast cell, Fc receptors, Granule serine protease, Evolution and transcriptome.
National Category
Biological Sciences Immunology
Research subject
Immunology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381377 (URN)978-91-513-0645-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-06-05, C8:301, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2019-05-13 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-06-17

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