Navigation Links
Scientists discover gene mutation responsible for hereditary neuroendocrine tumor
Date:7/23/2009

SALT LAKE CITY University of Utah researchers and their colleagues have identified the gene that is mutated in a hereditary form of a rare neuroendocrine tumor called paraganglioma (PGL). The gene, called hSDH5, is required for activation of an enzyme complex that plays a critical role in the chemical reactions that take place within cells to convert biochemical energy into usable energy. This study will be published in the journal Science, to be released online in Science Express on July 23, 2009.

Paragangliomas are rare, generally benign tumors that arise from cells called glomus cells, which are located along blood vessels and play a role in regulating blood pressure and blood flow. Approximately 25 percent of paragangliomas are hereditary. Of the four familial PGL syndromes, three forms have previously been associated with mutations in genes of the succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) complex, an enzyme complex involved in the ability of cells to extract energy from nutrients.

Studies in Yeast

"Defects in mitochondria, the power sources of the cell, have been implicated in a variety of human disorders, including cancer," says Jared Rutter, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine, investigator at the University's Huntsman Cancer Institute, and lead author of the study. "Because it is incredibly difficult to perform in-depth studies in humans, we decided to use a much simpler model system, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in order to study mitochondrial functions before going back to humans and determining whether what we learned in yeast was also relevant to humans. Following this strategy, we first characterized a mitochondrial protein called Sdh5 in yeast and then moved on to study its potential role in human disease."

Sdh5 is a mitochondrial protein that is highly conserved, meaning that it has remained largely unchanged throughout the course of evolution and likely performs similar essential cellular functions in both yeast and humans. Rutter and his colleagues discovered that, in yeast, the Sdh5 protein is needed for the SDH complex to function normally. They also found that Sdh5 is required for activation of another protein called Sdh1 that is also part of the SDH complex.

Studies in Humans

"The amino acid sequence of yeast Sdh5 is 44 percent identical to its human counterpart, which we've named hSDH5. This gave us some confidence that the Sdh5 functions we discovered in yeast would also be carried out by human hSdh5," explains Rutter. "Previous genetic studies have shown that the hereditary paragangliomas PGL1, PGL3, and PGL4 are associated with mutations causing loss of SDH activity. Although the gene for PGL2 had not been identified, we knew that it was located on the same chromosome as the hSDH5 gene."

Rutter and his colleagues sequenced the hSDH5 gene in three individuals with PGL2 from a previously described Dutch lineage. They identified a single DNA nucleotide change which resulted in a mutation in the most conserved region of the protein. Of the 45 individuals within the affected lineage who inherited the mutation, 33 have developed PGL2, providing strong evidence that hSDH5 is the PGL2 gene. The seven individuals who inherited the mutation from their mothers are unaffected, suggesting an inheritance pattern that is specific to the parent of origin.

The researchers also discovered that, as in yeast, the inactivation of hSDH5 dramatically impaired the activity of the SDH complex, which was decreased by approximately 95% in tumors from three patients with PGL2.

Implications on Genetic Testing

The identification of hSDH5 as the PGL2 gene has potential clinical implications for patients with familial PGL syndromes. Genetic testing is suggested for the management of PGL, even when it does not seem to be inherited, in order to identify individuals who are at risk for developing tumors.

"Individuals with familial PGLs tend to be affected at a younger age with tumors at multiple sites," says Rutter. "Including hSDH5 in DNA screening will allow for more comprehensive genetic testing, as well as earlier detection and treatment."


'/>"/>

Contact: Kathy Wilets
kathy.wilets@hci.utah.edu
801-587-4770
University of Utah Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Scientists link immune systems natural killer cells to infant liver disease
2. Scientists report first remote, underwater detection of harmful algae, toxins
3. Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC scientists identify enzyme important in aging
4. 2 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists receive Presidential Early Career Award
5. Forsyth scientists suggest linkages between obesity and oral bacterial infection
6. Scientists closer to developing salt-tolerant crops
7. Scientists track chemical changes in cells as they endure extreme conditions
8. Scientists are learning more about big birds from feathers
9. Scientists rebuild giant moa using ancient DNA
10. Double success for Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia scientists working on chromosome segregation
11. International team of students and scientists on month-long field course in Siberian Arctic
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/2/2017)... 2017 Summary This report provides ... KGaA and its partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Description The Partnering Deals and Alliance since 2010 report ... one of the world,s leading life sciences companies. ... to ensure inclusion of the most up to date ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... News solutions for biometrics, bag drop and New ADA-compliant kiosk ... At PTE 2017 ... Materna will present its complete end-to-end passenger journey, from ... benefit for passengers. To accelerate the whole passenger handling process, ... to take passengers through the complete integrated process with a ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... 2017 With the biometrics market to ... four technologies that innovative and agile startups must ... in the changing competitive landscape: multifactor authentication (MFA), ... "Companies can no longer afford to ... Dimitrios Pavlakis , Industry Analyst at ABI ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/22/2017)... 22, 2017   VWR (NASDAQ: ... product and service solutions to laboratory and ... acquired EPL Archives, Inc., an international biorepository ... entire regulated product research, development and commercialization ... and ancillary services. EPL Archives is widely ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 21, 2017 , ... Proper glycosylation is critical ... desired increase and/or decrease in antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity or complement-dependent cytotoxicity, there is ... antibodies. , To meet this demand, the team at SCIEX has developed ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... ... March 21, 2017 , ... The Conference Forum has announced the launch ... held on May 10-11, 2017, at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, MA. The CMO ... Officer peer-to-peer learning, benchmarking and support. , “The Chief Medical Officer faces a unique ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... WI (PRWEB) , ... March 22, 2017 , ... The ... scientific research agencies as outlined in the Administration’s recently published fiscal year 2018 budget ... the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $5.8 billion or roughly 20% of its ...
Breaking Biology Technology: