Combination of correctors rescue AF508-CFTR by reducing its association with Hsp40 and Hsp27

Miquéias Lopes-Pacheco, Clément Boinot, Inna Sabirzhanova, Marcelo M. Morales, William B. Guggino, Liudmila Cebotaru

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Correcting the processing of AF508-CFTR, the most common mutation in cystic fibrosis, is the major goal in the development of new therapies for this disease. Here, we determined whether ΔF508 could be rescued by a combination of small-molecule correctors, and identified the mechanism by which correctors rescue the trafficking mutant of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). We transfected COS-7 cells with ΔF508, created HEK-293 stably expressing AF508, and utilized CFBE41o- cell lines stably transduced with ΔF508. As shown previously, ΔF508 expressed less protein, was unstable at physiological temperature, and rapidly degraded. When the cells were treated with the combination C18 + C4 the mature C-band was expressed at the cell surface. After treatment with C18 + C4, we saw a lower rate of protein disappearance after translation was stopped with cycloheximide. To understand how this rescue occurs, we evaluated the change in the binding of proteins involved in endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation, such as Hsp27 (HspB1) and Hsp40 (DnaJ). We saw a dramatic reduction in binding to heat shock proteins 27 and 40 following combined corrector therapy. siRNA experiments confirmed that a reduction in Hsp27 or Hsp40 rescued CFTR in the ΔF508 mutant, but the rescue was not additive or synergistic with C4 + 18 treatment, indicating these correctors shared a common pathway for rescue involving a network of endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25636-25645
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 16 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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