Rett syndrome (RTT) is a leading cause of severe intellectual disability in females, caused by de novo loss-of function mutations in the X-linked methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2). To better investigate RTT disease progression/pathogenesis animal models of Mecp2 deficiency have been developed. Here, Mecp2 mouse models are employed to investigate the role of protein patterns in RTT. A proteome analysis was carried out in brain tissue from i) Mecp2 deficient mice at the pre-symptomatic and symptomatic stages and, ii) mice in which the disease phenotype was reversed by Mecp2 reactivation. Several proteins were shown to be differentially expressed in the pre-symptomatic (n = 18) and symptomatic (n = 20) mice. Mecp2 brain reactivated mice showed wild-type comparable levels of expression for twelve proteins, mainly related to proteostasis (n = 4) and energy metabolic pathways (n = 4). The remaining ones were found to be involved in redox homeostasis (n = 2), nitric oxide regulation (n = 1), neurodevelopment (n = 1). Ten out of twelve proteins were newly linked to Mecp2 deficiency. Our study sheds light on the relevance of the protein-regulation of main physiological process in the complex mechanisms leading from Mecp2 mutation to the RTT clinical phenotype. SIGNIFICANCE: We performed a proteomic study of a Mecp2stop/y mouse model for Rett syndrome (RTT) at the pre-symptomatic and symptomatic Mecp2 deficient mice stage and for the brain specific reactivated Mecp2 model. Our results reveal major protein expression changes pointing out to defects in proteostasis or energy metabolic pathways other than, to a lesser extent, in redox homeostasis, nitric oxide regulation or neurodevelopment. The Mecp2 mouse rescued model provides the possibility to select target proteins more susceptible to the Mecp2 gene mutation, potential and promising therapeutical targets.

Cortelazzo, A., De Felice, C., Guy, J., Timperio, A.M., Zolla, L., Guerranti, R., et al. (2020). Brain protein changes in Mecp2 mouse mutant models: Effects on disease progression of Mecp2 brain specific gene reactivation. JOURNAL OF PROTEOMICS, 210, 1-6 [10.1016/j.jprot.2019.103537].

Brain protein changes in Mecp2 mouse mutant models: Effects on disease progression of Mecp2 brain specific gene reactivation

Cortelazzo A.
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Guerranti R.;Leoncini S.;Signorini C.;
2020-01-01

Abstract

Rett syndrome (RTT) is a leading cause of severe intellectual disability in females, caused by de novo loss-of function mutations in the X-linked methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2). To better investigate RTT disease progression/pathogenesis animal models of Mecp2 deficiency have been developed. Here, Mecp2 mouse models are employed to investigate the role of protein patterns in RTT. A proteome analysis was carried out in brain tissue from i) Mecp2 deficient mice at the pre-symptomatic and symptomatic stages and, ii) mice in which the disease phenotype was reversed by Mecp2 reactivation. Several proteins were shown to be differentially expressed in the pre-symptomatic (n = 18) and symptomatic (n = 20) mice. Mecp2 brain reactivated mice showed wild-type comparable levels of expression for twelve proteins, mainly related to proteostasis (n = 4) and energy metabolic pathways (n = 4). The remaining ones were found to be involved in redox homeostasis (n = 2), nitric oxide regulation (n = 1), neurodevelopment (n = 1). Ten out of twelve proteins were newly linked to Mecp2 deficiency. Our study sheds light on the relevance of the protein-regulation of main physiological process in the complex mechanisms leading from Mecp2 mutation to the RTT clinical phenotype. SIGNIFICANCE: We performed a proteomic study of a Mecp2stop/y mouse model for Rett syndrome (RTT) at the pre-symptomatic and symptomatic Mecp2 deficient mice stage and for the brain specific reactivated Mecp2 model. Our results reveal major protein expression changes pointing out to defects in proteostasis or energy metabolic pathways other than, to a lesser extent, in redox homeostasis, nitric oxide regulation or neurodevelopment. The Mecp2 mouse rescued model provides the possibility to select target proteins more susceptible to the Mecp2 gene mutation, potential and promising therapeutical targets.
Cortelazzo, A., De Felice, C., Guy, J., Timperio, A.M., Zolla, L., Guerranti, R., et al. (2020). Brain protein changes in Mecp2 mouse mutant models: Effects on disease progression of Mecp2 brain specific gene reactivation. JOURNAL OF PROTEOMICS, 210, 1-6 [10.1016/j.jprot.2019.103537].
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