FK506 Binding Protein 8 Peptidylprolyl Isomerase Activity Manages a Late Stage of Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) Folding and Stability

Darren M Hutt, Daniela Martino Roth, Monica A Chalfant, Robert T Youker, Jeanne Matteson, Jeffrey L Brodsky, William E Balch

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by mutations in the apical chloride channel cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) with 90 of patients carrying at least one deletion of the F508 (DeltaF508) allele. This mutant form of CFTR is characterized by a folding and trafficking defect that prevents exit from the endoplasmic reticulum. We previously reported that DeltaF508 CFTR can be recovered in a complex with Hsp90 and its co-chaperones as an on-pathway folding intermediate, suggesting that Delta508 CF disease arises due to a failure of the proteostasis network (PN), which manages protein folding and degradation in the cell. We have now examined the role of FK506-binding protein 8 (FKBP8), a component of the CFTR interactome, during the biogenesis of wild-type and DeltaF508 CFTR. FKBP8 is a member of the peptidylprolyl isomerase family that mediates the cis/trans interconversion of peptidyl prolyl bonds. Our results suggest that FKBP8 is a key PN factor required at a post-Hsp90 step in CFTR biogenesis. In addition, changes in its expression level or alteration of its activity by a peptidylprolyl isomerase inhibitor alter CFTR stability and transport. We propose that CF is caused by the sequential failure of the prevailing PN pathway to stabilize DeltaF508-CFTR for endoplasmic reticulum export, a pathway that can be therapeutically managed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21914 - 21925
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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