Thyroid hormones induce sumoylation of the cold shock domain-containing protein PIPP in developing rat brain and in cultured neurons.

Gabriella Schiera, Maria Donatelli, Patrizia Proia, Italia Di Liegro, Italia Di Liegro, Valentina Favaloro, Vincenza Compagno

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We previously identified a cold shock domain (CSD)-containing protein (PIPPin), expressed at high level in brain cells. PIPPin has the potential to undergo different post-translational modifications and might be a good candidate to regulate the synthesis of specific proteins in response to extracellular stimuli. Here we report the effects of thyroid hormone (T3) on PIPPin expression in developing rat brain. We found that a significant difference among euthyroid- and hypothyroid- newborn rats concerns sumoylation of nuclear PIPPin, that is abolished by hypothyroidism. Moreover, T3-dependence of PIPPin sumoylation has been confirmed in cortical neurons purified from brain cortices and cultured in a chemically defined medium (Maat medium, MM), with or without T3. We also report that about one half of unmodified as well as all the sumoylated form of PIPPin could be extracted from nuclei with HCl, together with histones. Moreover, this HCl-soluble fraction remains in the nucleus even after treatment with 0.6 M KCl, thus suggesting strong interaction of PIPPin with nuclear structures and perhaps chromatin.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)252-257
Numero di pagine6
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2007


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  • Endocrinology

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