Plasma fibronectin (pFn) has long been suspected to be involved in hemostasis; however, direct evidence has been lacking. Here, we demonstrated that pFn is vital to control bleeding in fibrinogen-deficient mice and in WT mice given anticoagulants. At the site of vessel injury, pFn was rapidly deposited and initiated hemostasis, even before platelet accumulation, which is considered the first wave of hemostasis. This pFn deposition was independent of fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor, β3 integrin, and platelets. Confocal and scanning electron microscopy revealed pFn integration into fibrin, which increased fibrin fiber diameter and enhanced the mechanical strength of clots, as determined by thromboelastography. Interestingly, pFn promoted platelet aggregation when linked with fibrin but inhibited this process when fibrin was absent. Therefore, pFn may gradually switch from supporting hemostasis to inhibiting thrombosis and vessel occlusion following the fibrin gradient that decreases farther from the injured endothelium. Our data indicate that pFn is a supportive factor in hemostasis, which is vital under both genetic and therapeutic conditions of coagulation deficiency. By interacting with fibrin and platelet β3 integrin, pFn plays a self-limiting regulatory role in thrombosis, suggesting pFn transfusion may be a potential therapy for bleeding disorders, particularly in association with anticoagulant therapy.
Yiming Wang, Adili Reheman, Christopher M. Spring, Jalil Kalantari, Alexandra H. Marshall, Alisa S. Wolberg, Peter L. Gross, Jeffrey I. Weitz, Margaret L. Rand, Deane F. Mosher, John Freedman, Heyu Ni
Erika A. Tyburski, Scott E. Gillespie, William A. Stoy, Robert G. Mannino, Alexander J. Weiss, Alexa F. Siu, Rayford H. Bulloch, Karthik Thota, Anyela Cardenas, Wilena Session, Hanna J. Khoury, Siobhán O’Connor, Silvia T. Bunting, Jeanne Boudreaux, Craig R. Forest, Manila Gaddh, Traci Leong, L. Andrew Lyon, Wilbur A. Lam
The transport and intracellular trafficking of heme biosynthesis intermediates are crucial for hemoglobin production, which is a critical process in developing red cells. Here, we profiled gene expression in terminally differentiating murine fetal liver-derived erythroid cells to identify regulators of heme metabolism. We determined that TMEM14C, an inner mitochondrial membrane protein that is enriched in vertebrate hematopoietic tissues, is essential for erythropoiesis and heme synthesis in vivo and in cultured erythroid cells. In mice, TMEM14C deficiency resulted in porphyrin accumulation in the fetal liver, erythroid maturation arrest, and embryonic lethality due to profound anemia. Protoporphyrin IX synthesis in TMEM14C-deficient erythroid cells was blocked, leading to an accumulation of porphyrin precursors. The heme synthesis defect in TMEM14C-deficient cells was ameliorated with a protoporphyrin IX analog, indicating that TMEM14C primarily functions in the terminal steps of the heme synthesis pathway. Together, our data demonstrate that TMEM14C facilitates the import of protoporphyrinogen IX into the mitochondrial matrix for heme synthesis and subsequent hemoglobin production. Furthermore, the identification of TMEM14C as a protoporphyrinogen IX importer provides a genetic tool for further exploring erythropoiesis and congenital anemias.
Yvette Y. Yien, Raymond F. Robledo, Iman J. Schultz, Naoko Takahashi-Makise, Babette Gwynn, Daniel E. Bauer, Abhishek Dass, Gloria Yi, Liangtao Li, Gordon J. Hildick-Smith, Jeffrey D. Cooney, Eric L. Pierce, Kyla Mohler, Tamara A. Dailey, Non Miyata, Paul D. Kingsley, Caterina Garone, Shilpa M. Hattangadi, Hui Huang, Wen Chen, Ellen M. Keenan, Dhvanit I. Shah, Thorsten M. Schlaeger, Salvatore DiMauro, Stuart H. Orkin, Alan B. Cantor, James Palis, Carla M. Koehler, Harvey F. Lodish, Jerry Kaplan, Diane M. Ward, Harry A. Dailey, John D. Phillips, Luanne L. Peters, Barry H. Paw
The proteasome inhibiter bortezomib has been successfully used to treat patients with relapsed multiple myeloma; however, many of these patients become thrombocytopenic, and it is not clear how the proteasome influences platelet production. Here we determined that pharmacologic inhibition of proteasome activity blocks proplatelet formation in human and mouse megakaryocytes. We also found that megakaryocytes isolated from mice deficient for PSMC1, an essential subunit of the 26S proteasome, fail to produce proplatelets. Consistent with decreased proplatelet formation, mice lacking PSMC1 in platelets (
Dallas S. Shi, Matthew C.P. Smith, Robert A. Campbell, Patrick W. Zimmerman, Zechariah B. Franks, Bjorn F. Kraemer, Kellie R. Machlus, Jing Ling, Patrick Kamba, Hansjörg Schwertz, Jesse W. Rowley, Rodney R. Miles, Zhi-Jian Liu, Martha Sola-Visner, Joseph E. Italiano Jr., Hilary Christensen, Walter H.A. Kahr, Dean Y. Li, Andrew S. Weyrich
Venous thrombi, fibrin- and rbc-rich clots triggered by inflammation and blood stasis, underlie devastating, and sometimes fatal, occlusive events. During intravascular fibrin deposition, rbc are thought to become passively trapped in thrombi and therefore have not been considered a modifiable thrombus component. In the present study, we determined that activity of the transglutaminase factor XIII (FXIII) is critical for rbc retention within clots and directly affects thrombus size. Compared with WT mice, mice carrying a homozygous mutation in the fibrinogen γ chain (
Maria M. Aleman, James R. Byrnes, Jian-Guo Wang, Reginald Tran, Wilbur A. Lam, Jorge Di Paola, Nigel Mackman, Jay L. Degen, Matthew J. Flick, Alisa S. Wolberg
Mutations within the gene encoding the DNA helicase RECQL4 underlie the autosomal recessive cancer-predisposition disorder Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, though it is unclear how these mutations lead to disease. Here, we demonstrated that somatic deletion of
Monique F. Smeets, Elisabetta DeLuca, Meaghan Wall, Julie M. Quach, Alistair M. Chalk, Andrew J. Deans, Jörg Heierhorst, Louise E. Purton, David J. Izon, Carl R. Walkley
Purinergic receptors of the P2Y family are G protein–coupled surface receptors that respond to extracellular nucleotides and can mediate responses to local cell damage. P2Y-dependent signaling contributes to thrombotic and/or inflammatory consequences of tissue injury by altering platelet and endothelial activation and immune cell phagocytosis. Here, we have demonstrated that P2Y14 modifies cell senescence and cell death in response to tissue stress, thereby enabling preservation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell function. In mice, P2Y14 deficiency had no demonstrable effect under homeostatic conditions; however, radiation stress, aging, sequential exposure to chemotherapy, and serial bone marrow transplantation increased senescence in animals lacking P2Y14. Enhanced senescence coincided with increased ROS, elevated p16INK4a expression, and hypophosphorylated Rb and was inhibited by treatment with a ROS scavenger or inhibition of p38/MAPK and JNK. Treatment of WT cells with pertussis toxin recapitulated the P2Y14 phenotype, suggesting that P2Y14 mediates antisenescence effects through Gi/o protein–dependent pathways. Primitive hematopoietic cells lacking P2Y14 were compromised in their ability to restore hematopoiesis in irradiated mice. Together, these data indicate that P2Y14 on stem/progenitor cells of the hematopoietic system inhibits cell senescence by monitoring and responding to the extracellular manifestations of tissue stress and suggest that P2Y14-mediated responses prevent the premature decline of regenerative capacity after injury.
Joonseok Cho, Rushdia Yusuf, Sungho Kook, Eyal Attar, Dongjun Lee, Baehang Park, Tao Cheng, David T. Scadden, Byeong Chel Lee
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive lipid that regulates multicellular functions through interactions with its receptors on cell surfaces. S1P is enriched and stored in erythrocytes; however, it is not clear whether alterations in S1P are involved in the prevalent and debilitating hemolytic disorder sickle cell disease (SCD). Here, using metabolomic screening, we found that S1P is highly elevated in the blood of mice and humans with SCD. In murine models of SCD, we demonstrated that elevated erythrocyte sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1) underlies sickling and disease progression by increasing S1P levels in the blood. Additionally, we observed elevated SPHK1 activity in erythrocytes and increased S1P in blood collected from patients with SCD and demonstrated a direct impact of elevated SPHK1-mediated production of S1P on sickling that was independent of S1P receptor activation in isolated erythrocytes. Together, our findings provide insights into erythrocyte pathophysiology, revealing that a SPHK1-mediated elevation of S1P contributes to sickling and promotes disease progression, and highlight potential therapeutic opportunities for SCD.
Yujin Zhang, Vladimir Berka, Anren Song, Kaiqi Sun, Wei Wang, Weiru Zhang, Chen Ning, Chonghua Li, Qibo Zhang, Mikhail Bogdanov, Danny C. Alexander, Michael V. Milburn, Mostafa H. Ahmed, Han Lin, Modupe Idowu, Jun Zhang, Gregory J. Kato, Osheiza Y. Abdulmalik, Wenzheng Zhang, William Dowhan, Rodney E. Kellems, Pumin Zhang, Jianping Jin, Martin Safo, Ah-Lim Tsai, Harinder S. Juneja, Yang Xia
Overactive RAS signaling is prevalent in juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) and the myeloproliferative variant of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (MP-CMML) in humans, and both are refractory to conventional chemotherapy. Conditional activation of a constitutively active oncogenic
Guangyao Kong, Mark Wunderlich, David Yang, Erik A. Ranheim, Ken H. Young, Jinyong Wang, Yuan-I Chang, Juan Du, Yangang Liu, Sin Ruow Tey, Xinmin Zhang, Mark Juckett, Ryan Mattison, Alisa Damnernsawad, Jingfang Zhang, James C. Mulloy, Jing Zhang
Expression of the gene encoding the S100 calcium–modulated protein family member MRP-14 (also known as S100A9) is elevated in platelets from patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction (MI) compared with those from patients with stable coronary artery disease; however, a causal role for MRP-14 in acute coronary syndromes has not been established. Here, using multiple models of vascular injury, we found that time to arterial thrombotic occlusion was markedly prolonged in
Yunmei Wang, Chao Fang, Huiyun Gao, Matthew L. Bilodeau, Zijie Zhang, Kevin Croce, Shijian Liu, Toshifumi Morooka, Masashi Sakuma, Kohsuke Nakajima, Shuichi Yoneda, Can Shi, David Zidar, Patrick Andre, Gillian Stephens, Roy L. Silverstein, Nancy Hogg, Alvin H. Schmaier, Daniel I. Simon
Genetic studies have identified common variants within the intergenic region (
Ralph Stadhouders, Suleyman Aktuna, Supat Thongjuea, Ali Aghajanirefah, Farzin Pourfarzad, Wilfred van IJcken, Boris Lenhard, Helen Rooks, Steve Best, Stephan Menzel, Frank Grosveld, Swee Lay Thein, Eric Soler
A nuclear disaster may result in exposure to potentially lethal doses of ionizing radiation (IR). Hematopoietic acute radiation syndrome (H-ARS) is characterized by severe myelosuppression, which increases the risk of infection, bleeding, and mortality. Here, we determined that activation of nuclear factor erythroid-2–related factor 2 (NRF2) signaling enhances hematopoietic stem progenitor cell (HSPC) function and mitigates IR-induced myelosuppression and mortality. Augmenting NRF2 signaling in mice, either by genetic deletion of the NRF2 inhibitor
Jung-Hyun Kim, Rajesh K. Thimmulappa, Vineet Kumar, Wanchang Cui, Sarvesh Kumar, Ponvijay Kombairaju, Hao Zhang, Joseph Margolick, William Matsui, Thomas Macvittie, Sanjay V. Malhotra, Shyam Biswal
Point mutations in the 5′ UTR of ankyrin repeat domain 26 (
Dominique Bluteau, Alessandra Balduini, Nathalie Balayn, Manuela Currao, Paquita Nurden, Caroline Deswarte, Guy Leverger, Patrizia Noris, Silverio Perrotta, Eric Solary, William Vainchenker, Najet Debili, Remi Favier, Hana Raslova
The shelterin complex plays dual functions in telomere homeostasis by recruiting telomerase and preventing the activation of a DNA damage response at telomeric ends. Somatic stem cells require telomerase activity, as evidenced by progressive stem cell loss leading to bone marrow failure in hereditary dyskeratosis congenita. Recent work demonstrates that dyskeratosis congenita can also arise from mutations in specific shelterin genes, although little is known about shelterin functions in somatic stem cells. We found that mouse hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are acutely sensitive to inactivation of the shelterin gene
Morgan Jones, Gail Osawa, Joshua A. Regal, Daniel N. Weinberg, James Taggart, Hande Kocak, Ann Friedman, David O. Ferguson, Catherine E. Keegan, Ivan Maillard
Mammals transport blood through a high-pressure, closed vascular network and lymph through a low-pressure, open vascular network. These vascular networks connect at the lymphovenous (LV) junction, where lymph drains into blood and an LV valve (LVV) prevents backflow of blood into lymphatic vessels. Here we describe an essential role for platelets in preventing blood from entering the lymphatic system at the LV junction. Loss of CLEC2, a receptor that activates platelets in response to lymphatic endothelial cells, resulted in backfilling of the lymphatic network with blood from the thoracic duct (TD) in both neonatal and mature mice. Fibrin-containing platelet thrombi were observed at the LVV and in the terminal TD in wild-type mice, but not
Paul R. Hess, David R. Rawnsley, Zoltán Jakus, Yiqing Yang, Daniel T. Sweet, Jianxin Fu, Brett Herzog, MinMin Lu, Bernhard Nieswandt, Guillermo Oliver, Taija Makinen, Lijun Xia, Mark L. Kahn
von Willebrand disease type 2B (vWD-type 2B) is characterized by gain-of-function mutations in von Willebrand factor (vWF) that enhance its binding to the glycoprotein Ib-IX-V complex on platelets. Patients with vWD-type 2B have a bleeding tendency that is linked to loss of vWF multimers and/or thrombocytopenia. In this study, we uncovered evidence that platelet dysfunction is a third possible mechanism for bleeding tendency. We found that platelet aggregation, secretion, and spreading were diminished due to inhibition of integrin αIIbβ3 in platelets from mice expressing a vWD-type 2B–associated vWF (vWF/p.V1316M), platelets from a patient with the same mutation, and control platelets pretreated with recombinant vWF/p.V1316M. Impaired platelet function coincided with reduced thrombus growth. Further, αIIbβ3 activation and activation of the small GTPase Rap1 were impaired by vWF/p.V1316M following exposure to platelet agonists (thrombin, ADP, or convulxin). Conversely, thrombin- or ADP-induced Ca2+ store release, which is required for αIIbβ3 activation, was normal, indicating that vWF/p.V1316M acts downstream of Ca2+ release and upstream of Rap1. We found normal Syk phosphorylation and PLCγ2 activation following collagen receptor signaling, further implying that vWF/p.V1316M acts directly on or downstream of Ca2+ release. These data indicate that the vWD-type 2B mutation p.V1316M is associated with severe thrombocytopathy, which likely contributes to the bleeding tendency in vWD-type 2B.
Caterina Casari, Eliane Berrou, Marilyne Lebret, Frédéric Adam, Alexandre Kauskot, Régis Bobe, Céline Desconclois, Edith Fressinaud, Olivier D. Christophe, Peter J. Lenting, Jean-Philippe Rosa, Cécile V. Denis, Marijke Bryckaert
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are age-dependent stem cell malignancies that share biological features of activated adaptive immune response and ineffective hematopoiesis. Here we report that myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), which are classically linked to immunosuppression, inflammation, and cancer, were markedly expanded in the bone marrow of MDS patients and played a pathogenetic role in the development of ineffective hematopoiesis. These clonally distinct MDSC overproduce hematopoietic suppressive cytokines and function as potent apoptotic effectors targeting autologous hematopoietic progenitors. Using multiple transfected cell models, we found that MDSC expansion is driven by the interaction of the proinflammatory molecule S100A9 with CD33. These 2 proteins formed a functional ligand/receptor pair that recruited components to CD33’s immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibition motif (ITIM), inducing secretion of the suppressive cytokines IL-10 and TGF-β by immature myeloid cells.
Xianghong Chen, Erika A. Eksioglu, Junmin Zhou, Ling Zhang, Julie Djeu, Nicole Fortenbery, Pearlie Epling-Burnette, Sandra Van Bijnen, Harry Dolstra, John Cannon, Je-in Youn, Sarah S. Donatelli, Dahui Qin, Theo De Witte, Jianguo Tao, Huaquan Wang, Pingyan Cheng, Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, Alan List, Sheng Wei
Recurrent mutations in the gene encoding additional sex combs-like 1 (
Daichi Inoue, Jiro Kitaura, Katsuhiro Togami, Koutarou Nishimura, Yutaka Enomoto, Tomoyuki Uchida, Yuki Kagiyama, Kimihito Cojin Kawabata, Fumio Nakahara, Kumi Izawa, Toshihiko Oki, Akie Maehara, Masamichi Isobe, Akiho Tsuchiya, Yuka Harada, Hironori Harada, Takahiro Ochiya, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Hiroshi Kimura, Felicitas Thol, Michael Heuser, Ross L. Levine, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Toshio Kitamura
The prevention and treatment of acute chest syndrome (ACS) is a major clinical concern in sickle cell disease (SCD). However, the mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of ACS remains elusive. We tested the hypothesis that the hemolysis byproduct hemin elicits events that induce ACS. Infusion of a low dose of hemin caused acute intravascular hemolysis and autoamplification of extracellular hemin in transgenic sickle mice, but not in sickle-trait littermates. The sickle mice developed multiple symptoms typical of ACS and succumbed rapidly. Pharmacologic inhibition of TLR4 and hemopexin replacement therapy prior to hemin infusion protected sickle mice from developing ACS. Replication of the ACS-like phenotype in nonsickle mice revealed that the mechanism of lung injury due to extracellular hemin is independent of SCD. Using genetic and bone marrow chimeric tools, we confirmed that TLR4 expressed in nonhematopoietic vascular tissues mediated this lethal type of acute lung injury. Respiratory failure was averted after the onset of ACS-like symptoms in sickle mice by treating them with recombinant hemopexin. Our results reveal a mechanism that helps to explain the pathogenesis of ACS, and we provide proof of principle for therapeutic strategies to prevent and treat this condition in mice.
Samit Ghosh, Olufolake Adetoro Adisa, Prasanthi Chappa, Fang Tan, Kesmic Ann Jackson, David Robert Archer, Solomon Fiifi Ofori-Acquah
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a heterogenous genetic disease with a high risk of cancer. The FA proteins are essential for interphase DNA damage repair; however, it is incompletely understood why FA-deficient cells also develop gross aneuploidy, leading to cancer. Here, we systematically evaluated the role of the FA proteins in chromosome segregation through functional RNAi screens and analysis of primary cells from patients with FA. We found that FA signaling is essential for the spindle assembly checkpoint and is therefore required for high-fidelity chromosome segregation and prevention of aneuploidy. Furthermore, we discovered that FA proteins differentially localize to key structures of the mitotic apparatus in a cell cycle–dependent manner. The essential role of the FA pathway in mitosis offers a mechanistic explanation for the aneuploidy and malignant transformation known to occur after disruption of FA signaling. Collectively, our findings provide insight into the genetically unstable cancers resulting from inactivation of the FA/BRCA pathway.
Grzegorz Nalepa, Rikki Enzor, Zejin Sun, Christophe Marchal, Su-Jung Park, Yanzhu Yang, Laura Tedeschi, Stephanie Kelich, Helmut Hanenberg, D. Wade Clapp