(1/147) Natural history of dilated cardiomyopathy due to lamin A/C gene mutations.

OBJECTIVES: We examined the prevalence, genotype-phenotype correlation, and natural history of lamin A/C gene (LMNA) mutations in subjects with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). BACKGROUND: Mutations in LMNA have been found in patients with DCM with familial conduction defects and muscular dystrophy, but the clinical spectrum, prognosis, and clinical relevance of laminopathies in DCM are unknown. BACKGROUND: A cohort of 49 nuclear families, 40 with familial DCM and 9 with sporadic DCM (269 subjects, 105 affected), was screened for mutations in LMNA using denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography and sequence analysis. Bivariate analysis of clinical predictors of LMNA mutation carrier status and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis were performed. RESULTS: Mutations in LMNA were detected in four families (8%), three with familial (R89L, 959delT, R377H) and one with sporadic DCM (S573L). There was significant phenotypic variability, but the presence of skeletal muscle involvement (p < 0.001), supraventricular arrhythmia (p = 0.003), conduction defects (p = 0.01), and "mildly" DCM (p = 0.006) were predictors of LMNA mutations. The LMNA mutation carriers had a significantly poorer cumulative survival compared with non-carrier DCM patients: event-free survival at the age of 45 years was 31% versus 75% in non-carriers. CONCLUSIONS: Mutations in LMNA cause a severe and progressive DCM in a relevant proportion of patients. Mutation screening should be considered in patients with DCM, in particular when clinical predictors of LMNA mutation are present, regardless of family history.  (+info)

(2/147) Nuclear envelope breakdown in starfish oocytes proceeds by partial NPC disassembly followed by a rapidly spreading fenestration of nuclear membranes.

Breakdown of the nuclear envelope (NE) was analyzed in live starfish oocytes using a size series of fluorescently labeled dextrans, membrane dyes, and GFP-tagged proteins of the nuclear pore complex (NPC) and the nuclear lamina. Permeabilization of the nucleus occurred in two sequential phases. In phase I the NE became increasingly permeable for molecules up to approximately 40 nm in diameter, concurrent with a loss of peripheral nuclear pore components over a time course of 10 min. The NE remained intact on the ultrastructural level during this time. In phase II the NE was completely permeabilized within 35 s. This rapid permeabilization spread as a wave from one epicenter on the animal half across the nuclear surface and allowed free diffusion of particles up to approximately 100 nm in diameter into the nucleus. While the lamina and nuclear membranes appeared intact at the light microscopic level, a fenestration of the NE was clearly visible by electron microscopy in phase II. We conclude that NE breakdown in starfish oocytes is triggered by slow sequential disassembly of the NPCs followed by a rapidly spreading fenestration of the NE caused by the removal of nuclear pores from nuclear membranes still attached to the lamina.  (+info)

(3/147) Synchronization of interphase events depends neither on mitosis nor on cdk1.

Human HT2-19 cells with a conditional cdk1 mutation stop dividing upon cdk1 inactivation and undergo multiple rounds of endoreplication. We show herein that major cell cycle events remain synchronized in these endoreplicating cells. DNA replication alternates with gap phases and cell cycle-specific cyclin E expression is maintained. Centrosomes duplicate in synchrony with chromosome replication, giving rise to polyploid cells with multiple centrosomes. Centrosome migration, a typical prophase event, also takes place in endoreplicating cells. The timing of these events is unaffected by cdk1 inactivation compared with normally dividing cells. Nuclear lamina breakdown, in contrast, previously shown to be dependent on cdk1, does not take place in endoreplicating HT2-19 cells. Moreover, breakdown of all other major components of the nuclear lamina, like the inner nuclear membrane proteins and nuclear pore complexes, seems also to depend on cdk1. Interestingly, the APC/C ubiquitin ligase is activated in these endoreplicating cells by fzr but not by fzy. The oscillations of interphase events are thus independent of cdk1 and of mitosis but may depend on APC/Cfzr activity.  (+info)

(4/147) NuMA and nuclear lamins are cleaved during viral infection--inhibition of caspase activity prevents cleavage and rescues HeLa cells from measles virus-induced but not from rhinovirus 1B-induced cell death.

Nuclear matrix is a structural framework of important nuclear processes. We studied the effect of two different types of viral infections on nuclear matrix. HeLa cells were infected with human rhinovirus 1B (HRV 1B) or measles virus (MV), and Nuclear Mitotic Apparatus protein (NuMA) and lamins A/C and B were used as markers for internal nuclear matrix and peripheral nuclear lamina, respectively. We show that NuMA, lamins, and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 are cleaved during viral infection in a virus family-specific manner suggesting that these viruses activate different sets of proteases. Morphologically, NuMA was excluded from the condensed chromatin, lamins showed a folded distribution, and both proteins finally remained around the nuclear fragments. A general caspase inhibitor benzyloxycarbonyl-Val-Ala-Asp-fluoromethylketone (z-VAD-FMK) prevented the nuclear disintegration and the cleavage of the proteins studied. Interestingly, z-VAD-FMK rescued MV-infected but not HRV 1B-infected cells from cell death. These results show for the first time that NuMA and lamins are specific target proteins during virus-induced programmed cell death.  (+info)

(5/147) Conformational changes in the nuclear lamina induced by herpes simplex virus type 1 require genes U(L)31 and U(L)34.

The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) U(L)31 and U(L)34 proteins are dependent on each other for proper targeting to the nuclear membrane and are required for efficient envelopment of nucleocapsids at the inner nuclear membrane. In this work, we show that whereas the solubility of lamins A and C (lamin A/C) was not markedly increased, HSV induced conformational changes in the nuclear lamina of infected cells, as viewed after staining with three different lamin A/C-specific antibodies. In one case, reactivity with a monoclonal antibody that recognizes an epitope in the lamin tail domain was greatly reduced in HSV-infected cells. This apparent HSV-induced epitope masking required both U(L)31 and U(L)34, but these proteins were not sufficient to mask the epitope in uninfected cells, indicating that other HSV proteins are also required. In the second case, staining with a rabbit polyclonal antibody that primarily recognizes epitopes in the lamin A/C rod domain revealed that U(L)34 is required for HSV-induced decreased availability of epitopes for reaction with the antibody, whereas U(L)31 protein was dispensable for this effect. Still another polyclonal antibody indicated virtually no difference in lamin A/C staining in infected versus uninfected cells, indicating that the HSV-induced changes are more conformational than the result of lamin depletion at the nuclear rim. Further evidence supporting an interaction between the nuclear lamina and the U(L)31/U(L)34 protein complex includes the observations that (i) overexpression of the U(L)31 protein in uninfected cells was sufficient to relocalize lamin A/C from the nuclear rim into nucleoplasmic aggregates, (ii) overexpression of U(L)34 was sufficient to relocalize some lamin A/C into the cytoplasm, and (iii) both U(L)31 and U(L)34 could directly bind lamin A/C in vitro. These studies suggest that the U(L)31 and U(L)34 proteins modify the conformation of the nuclear lamina in infected cells, possibly by direct interaction with lamin A/C, and that other proteins are also likely involved. Given that the nuclear lamina potentially excludes nucleocapsids from envelopment sites at the inner nuclear membrane, the lamina alteration may reflect a role of the U(L)31/U(L)34 protein complex in perturbing the lamina to promote nucleocapsid egress from the nucleus. Alternatively, the data are compatible with a role of the lamina in targeting the U(L)31/U(L)34 protein complex to the nuclear membrane.  (+info)

(6/147) Herpes simplex virus 1 U(L)31 and U(L)34 gene products promote the late maturation of viral replication compartments to the nuclear periphery.

Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) forms replication compartments (RCs), domains in which viral DNA replication, late-gene transcription, and encapsidation take place, in the host cell nucleus. The formation of these domains leads to compression and marginalization of host cell chromatin, which forms a dense layer surrounding the viral RCs and constitutes a potential barrier to viral nuclear egress or primary envelopment at the inner nuclear membrane. Surrounding the chromatin layer is the nuclear lamina, a further host cell barrier to egress. In this study, we describe an additional phase in RC maturation that involves disruption of the host chromatin and nuclear lamina so that the RC can approach the nuclear envelope. During this phase, the structure of the chromatin layer is altered so that it no longer forms a continuous layer around the RCs but instead is fragmented, forming islands between which RCs extend to reach the nuclear periphery. Coincident with these changes, the nuclear lamina components lamin A/C and lamin-associated protein 2 appear to be redistributed via a mechanism involving the U(L)31 and U(L)34 gene products. Viruses in which the U(L)31 or U(L)34 gene has been deleted are unable to undergo this phase of chromatin reorganization and lamina alterations and instead form RCs which are bounded by an intact host cell chromatin layer and nuclear lamina. We postulate that these defects in chromatin restructuring and lamina reorganization explain the previously documented growth defects of these mutant viruses.  (+info)

(7/147) Novel nuclear herniations induced by nuclear localization of a viral protein.

A common consequence of viral infection is perturbation of host cell nuclear functions. For cytoplasmically replicating viruses, this process may require regulated transport of specific viral proteins into the nucleus. Here, we describe a novel form of virus-induced perturbation of host cell nuclear structures. Active signal-mediated nuclear import of the reovirus sigma1s protein results in redistribution of nuclear pore complexes and nuclear lamins and formation of nuclear herniations. These herniations represent a previously undescribed mechanism by which cytoplasmic viral infection can perturb nuclear architecture and induce cytopathic effects, which ultimately lead to disease pathogenesis in the infected host.  (+info)

(8/147) Lamin B1 is required for mouse development and nuclear integrity.

Lamins are key structural components of the nuclear lamina, an intermediate filament meshwork that lies beneath the inner nuclear membrane. Lamins play a role in nuclear architecture, DNA replication, and gene expression. Mutations affecting A-type lamins have been associated with a variety of human diseases, including muscular dystrophy, cardiomyopathy, lipodystrophy, and progeria, but mutations in B-type lamins have never been identified in humans or in experimental animals. To investigate the in vivo function of lamin B1, the major B-type lamin, we generated mice with an insertional mutation in Lmnb1. The mutation resulted in the synthesis of a mutant lamin B1 protein lacking several key functional domains, including a portion of the rod domain, the nuclear localization signal, and the CAAX motif (the carboxyl-terminal signal for farnesylation). Homozygous Lmnb1 mutant mice survived embryonic development but died at birth with defects in lung and bone. Fibroblasts from mutant embryos grew under standard cell-culture conditions but displayed grossly misshapen nuclei, impaired differentiation, increased polyploidy, and premature senescence. Thus, the lamin B1 mutant mice provide evidence for a broad and nonredundant function of lamin B1 in mammalian development. These mutant mice and cell lines derived from them will be useful models for studying the role of the nuclear lamina in various cellular processes.  (+info)