Azaspiracid-1 (AZA-1) inhibits endocytosis, but the consequences of this alteration on cellular processes are unknown. We hypothesized that the inhibition of endocytosis is a key step of the mode of action of AZA-1, leading to perturbation of cellular processes dependent on proper functioning of endocytic machinery. We tested this working hypothesis by probing whether AZA-1 can alter the maturation of cathepsin D in MCF-7 epithelial cells, as a model system. We found that cell treatment with AZA-1 inhibited the conversion of 52 kDa procathepsin D into the mature 30 kDa protein. The effects induced by AZA-1 were similar to those elicited by chlorpromazine and other agents preventing proper maturation of lysosomal enzymes, indicating that the inhibition of endocytic transfer of proforms to late endosomes/lysosomess is responsible for the effect induced by the toxin. By immunofluorescence microscopy, we found no co-localization of cathepsin D and the early endosomal marker EEA-1 in control cells, where most of cathepsin D resides in late endosomes/lysosomes. Co-localization of cathepsin D and EEA-1, in turn, was found in cells exposed to AZA-1, indicating that the toxin blocks protein maturation at the early steps of endocytosis, causing accumulation of procathepsin D in early endosomes. The molecular alteration induced by AZA-1 involved both secreted and intracellular pools of procathepsin D, showing that the toxin effect does not result from a general impairment of vesicular trafficking, but is the outcome of a perturbed centripetal process. Furthermore, AZA-1 was found to inhibit procathepsin D maturation also in normal fibroblasts, showing that this molecular response is induced by this toxin in different cell types. The data we obtained corroborated our hypothesis and provide a unified molecular frame for the mode of action of AZAs in animal models, involving a primary alteration of endocytic processes.

Azaspiracid-1 Inhibits the Maturation of Cathepsin D in Mammalian Cells / Sala, GIAN LUCA; Bellocci, Mirella; Callegari, Federica; Rossini, Gian Paolo. - In: CHEMICAL RESEARCH IN TOXICOLOGY. - ISSN 0893-228X. - STAMPA. - 26:(2013), pp. 444-455. [10.1021/tx300511z]

Azaspiracid-1 Inhibits the Maturation of Cathepsin D in Mammalian Cells

SALA, GIAN LUCA;BELLOCCI, MIRELLA;CALLEGARI, Federica;ROSSINI, Gian Paolo
2013

Abstract

Azaspiracid-1 (AZA-1) inhibits endocytosis, but the consequences of this alteration on cellular processes are unknown. We hypothesized that the inhibition of endocytosis is a key step of the mode of action of AZA-1, leading to perturbation of cellular processes dependent on proper functioning of endocytic machinery. We tested this working hypothesis by probing whether AZA-1 can alter the maturation of cathepsin D in MCF-7 epithelial cells, as a model system. We found that cell treatment with AZA-1 inhibited the conversion of 52 kDa procathepsin D into the mature 30 kDa protein. The effects induced by AZA-1 were similar to those elicited by chlorpromazine and other agents preventing proper maturation of lysosomal enzymes, indicating that the inhibition of endocytic transfer of proforms to late endosomes/lysosomess is responsible for the effect induced by the toxin. By immunofluorescence microscopy, we found no co-localization of cathepsin D and the early endosomal marker EEA-1 in control cells, where most of cathepsin D resides in late endosomes/lysosomes. Co-localization of cathepsin D and EEA-1, in turn, was found in cells exposed to AZA-1, indicating that the toxin blocks protein maturation at the early steps of endocytosis, causing accumulation of procathepsin D in early endosomes. The molecular alteration induced by AZA-1 involved both secreted and intracellular pools of procathepsin D, showing that the toxin effect does not result from a general impairment of vesicular trafficking, but is the outcome of a perturbed centripetal process. Furthermore, AZA-1 was found to inhibit procathepsin D maturation also in normal fibroblasts, showing that this molecular response is induced by this toxin in different cell types. The data we obtained corroborated our hypothesis and provide a unified molecular frame for the mode of action of AZAs in animal models, involving a primary alteration of endocytic processes.
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Azaspiracid-1 Inhibits the Maturation of Cathepsin D in Mammalian Cells / Sala, GIAN LUCA; Bellocci, Mirella; Callegari, Federica; Rossini, Gian Paolo. - In: CHEMICAL RESEARCH IN TOXICOLOGY. - ISSN 0893-228X. - STAMPA. - 26:(2013), pp. 444-455. [10.1021/tx300511z]
Sala, GIAN LUCA; Bellocci, Mirella; Callegari, Federica; Rossini, Gian Paolo
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