BONGIOVANNI guillermina Azucena
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La actividad proteolitica inducida por hipertermia aumentaria los sustratos arginilables y su degradación
BONGIOVANNI, GUILLERMINA; FISOLLO, SEBASTIAN; BARRA, HÉCTOR S.; HALLAK, MARTA E
Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina
Congreso; Third IBRO regional meeting (conjuntamente la Sociedad Argentina de Neuroquímica y la South American Brain Research Organization); 1998
Sociedad Argentina de Neuroquímica y la South American Brain Research Organization
We have previously reported the posttranslational addition of [14C]-arginine in the N-terminus of several soluble rat brain proteins. One of these proteins was identified as the microtubule-associated protein, the stable tubule only polypeptide (STOP). However, despite the fact that the biological significance of arginylation is not completely understood, some evidence associates it with proteolysis via the ubiquitin pathway. Since this degradative via is exacerbated as a response to stress, we studied in vitro the posttranslational [14C]-arginylation of cytosolic brain proteins of rats subjected to hyperthermia in vivo. Immediately after subjecting the animals to hyperthermia, a minor reduction (16%) in the acceptor capacity of [14C]-arginine into proteins was observed in comparison with animals maintained at 28 degrees C. However, in the animals allowed to recover for 3 h, an increase (46%) in the arginylation was observed concomitantly with a significant accumulation of the heat shock protein (70 kDa; hsp 70) when compared to the control animals. These findings suggest that the posttranslational arginylation of proteins participate in the heat shock response. The STOP protein of the soluble brain fraction of control animals, which in Western blot appears as a doublet band (125 and 130 kDa, respectively), is seen, after the hyperthermic treatment, as a single band of 125 kDa. The amount of 125 kDa protein, as well as the in vitro incorporation of [14C]-arginine, increases after hyperthermia in comparison with control animals. Following hyperthermic treatment, we observed a decrease in the amount of in vivo [35S]-methionine-labeled brain proteins. We speculate that, as observed for STOP protein, the increase in the degradation of protein that occurs in hyperthermia, would produce an increase in the amount of arginine acceptor proteins.