Research ArticleRedox Signaling

Regulation of Phosphatidylinositol-5-Phosphate Signaling by Pin1 Determines Sensitivity to Oxidative Stress

Sci. Signal.  27 Nov 2012:
Vol. 5, Issue 252, pp. ra86
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2003223

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Oxidative signaling and oxidative stress contribute to aging, cancer, and diseases resulting from neurodegeneration. Pin1 is a proline isomerase that recognizes phosphorylated substrates and regulates the localization and conformation of its targets. Pin1−/− mice show phenotypes associated with premature aging, yet mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) from these mice are resistant to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)–induced cell death. We found that the abundance of phosphatidylinositol-5-phosphate (PtdIns5P) was increased in response to H2O2, an effect that was enhanced in Pin1−/− MEFs. Reduction of H2O2-induced PtdIns5P compromised cell viability in response to oxidative stress, suggesting that PtdIns5P contributed to the enhanced cell viability of Pin1−/− MEFs exposed to oxidative stress. The increased PtdIns5P in the Pin1−/− MEFs stimulated the expression of genes involved in defense against oxidative stress and reduced the accumulation of reactive oxygen species. Pin1 and PtdIns5P 4-kinases (PIP4Ks), enzymes that phosphorylate and thereby reduce the amount of PtdIns5P, interacted in a manner dependent on the phosphorylation of PIP4K. Although reintroduction of Pin1 into the Pin1−/− MEFs reduced the amount of PtdIns5P produced in response to H2O2, in vitro assays indicated that the isomerase activity of Pin1 inhibited PIP4K activity. Whether this isomerise-mediated inhibition of PIP4K occurs in cells remains an open question, but the data suggest that the regulation of PIP4K by Pin1 may be complex.

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