Tumor Necrosis Factor-α (TNF-α) regulates shedding of TNF-α receptor 1 by the metalloprotease-disintegrin ADAM8: evidence for a protease-regulated feedback loop in neuroprotection

Bartsch, Jorg W., Wildeboer, Dirk, Koller, Garrit, Naus, Silvia, Rittger, Andrea, Moss, Marcia L., Minai, Yuji and Jockusch, Harald (2010) Tumor Necrosis Factor-α (TNF-α) regulates shedding of TNF-α receptor 1 by the metalloprotease-disintegrin ADAM8: evidence for a protease-regulated feedback loop in neuroprotection. Journal of Neuroscience, 30 (36). pp. 12210-12218. ISSN 0270-6474

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Abstract

Tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) is a potent cytokine in neurodegenerative disorders, but its precise role in particular brain disorders is ambiguous. In motor neuron (MN) disease of the mouse, exemplified by the model wobbler (WR), TNF-α causes upregulation of the metalloprotease-disintegrin ADAM8 (A8) in affected brain regions, spinal cord, and brainstem. The functional role of A8 during MN degeneration in the wobbler CNS was investigated by crossing WR with A8-deficient mice: a severely aggravated neuropathology was observed for A8-deficient WR compared with WR A8+/− mice, judged by drastically reduced survival [7 vs 81% survival at postnatal day 50 (P50)], accelerated force loss in the forelimbs, and terminal akinesis. In vitro protease assays using soluble A8 indicated specific cleavage of a TNF-α receptor 1 (p55 TNF-R1) but not a TNF-R2 peptide. Cleavage of TNF-R1 was confirmed in situ, because levels of soluble TNF-R1 were increased in spinal cords of standard WR compared with wild-type mice but not in A8-deficient WR mice. In isolated primary neurons and microglia, TNF-α-induced TNF-R1 shedding was dependent on the A8 gene dosage. Furthermore, exogenous TNF-α showed higher toxicity for cultured neurons from A8-deficient than for those from wild-type mice, demonstrating that TNF-R1 shedding by A8 is neuroprotective. Our results indicate an essential role for ADAM8 in modulating TNF-α signaling in CNS diseases: a feedback loop integrating TNF-α, ADAM8, and TNF-R1 shedding as a plausible mechanism for TNF-α mediated neuroprotection in situ and a rationale for therapeutic intervention.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences > Biophysics and Bioengineering group
Item ID: 11259
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 08:05
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:27
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11259

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