Mouse UBPy (mUBPy) is an ubiquitin-specific protease which belongs to a family of deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) implicated in several cellular processes related to both cell growth and differentiation. Previously, Northern blot analysis revealed an important expression of mUBPy in the testis and brain. However, a more comprehensive map of mUBPy localization in the central nervous system (CNS) is still lacking. In this study, we mapped the distribution of mUBPy in the mouse brain using nonradioactive in situ hybridization and immunohistochemical techniques. In general, transcript and protein showed a similar and widespread distribution. In particular, mUBPy was strongly expressed in the hippocampal formation, septal region, ventral pallidum, preoptic nucleus, periventricular nucleus of hypothalamus, compact part of the substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area, cochlear nucleus and granular cell layer of cerebellum. A moderate expression of mUBPy was found in the amygdaloid complex, supraoptic nucleus, arcuate and ventromedial nuclei of hypothalamus, lateral hypothalamic area and lateral and reticular part of the substantia nigra. Double labelling with the mUBPy antiserum and antisera against specific cell markers showed that the enzyme is generally expressed in neurons and, in specific regions, also in oligodendrocytes. Moreover, by using antisera to TH and mUBPy we found that mUBPy is localized in dopaminergic neurons. The different distribution of mUBPy in the distinct regions of the brain suggests that it could be related to different deubiquitinating processes; in particular, in the areas where it is expressed at high levels, mUBPy could exert a specialized function through its interaction with specific protein substrates.
|Titolo:||Expression of the deubiquitinating enzyme mUBPy in the mouse brain|
|Autori interni:||BERRUTI, GIOVANNA (Penultimo)|
|Parole Chiave:||Brain expression; Deubiquitinating enzymes; mUBPy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/06 - Anatomia Comparata e Citologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.brainres.2007.12.014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|