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Schaheen, L, Dang, H and Fares, H (2006) Basis of lethality in C. elegans lacking CUP-5, the Mucolipidosis Type IV orthologue. Dev. Biol. 293:382-91


Mutations in MCOLN1, which encodes the protein h-mucolipin-1, result in the lysosomal storage disease Mucolipidosis Type IV. Studies on CUP-5, the human orthologue of h-mucolipin-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans, have shown that these proteins are required for lysosome biogenesis. We show here that the lethality in cup-5 mutant worms is due to two defects, starvation of embryonic cells and general developmental defects. Starvation leads to apoptosis through a CED-3-mediated pathway. We also show that providing worms with a lipid-soluble metabolite partially rescues the embryonic lethality but has no effect on the developmental defects, the major cause of the lethality. These results indicate that supplementing the metabolic deficiency of Mucolipidosis Type IV patients mat not be sufficient to alleviate the symptoms due to tissue degeneration.


PubMed Online version:10.1016/j.ydbio.2006.02.008


Adenosine Triphosphate/metabolism; Alleles; Animals; Animals, Genetically Modified; Autophagy; Caenorhabditis elegans/embryology; Caenorhabditis elegans/genetics; Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolism; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins/genetics; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins/metabolism; Genes, Helminth; Genes, Lethal; Humans; Membrane Proteins/deficiency; Membrane Proteins/genetics; Membrane Proteins/metabolism; Models, Biological; Mucolipidoses/genetics; Mutation; Receptors, Cell Surface/genetics; Receptors, Cell Surface/metabolism; TRPM Cation Channels/genetics



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