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Proprotein convertase 5/6a is associated with bone morphogenetic protein-2-induced squamous cell differentiation

 Sang-Nam Lee  ;  Da-Hyung Lee  ;  Min Goo Lee  ;  Joo-Heon Yoon 
 American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Vol.52(6) : 749-761, 2015 
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 American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 
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Squamous metaplasia in airway epithelium is a pathological process arising from abnormal remodeling/repair responses to injury. Proteolytic maturation of many growth and differentiation factors involved in tissue remodeling is controlled by proprotein convertases (PCs). However, the role of these convertases in airway remodeling remains poorly understood. Using a retinoic acid deficiency-induced squamous metaplasia model of cultured human nasal epithelial cells (HNECs), we observed a significant increase in the expression of PC5/6A, a PC member, and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2), a candidate substrate for PC5/6A. Specific lentiviral short hairpin RNA-mediated PC5/6A knockdown decreased BMP-2 expression and maturation, decreased expression of squamous cell markers, and increased expression of ciliated cell markers. Decanoyl-Arg-Val-Lys-Arg-chloromethylketone (Dec-RVKR-CMK), a PC inhibitor, and LDN-193189, a BMP receptor inhibitor, suppressed squamous differentiation, promoted mucociliary differentiation, and down-regulated the BMP-2/Smad1/5/8/p38 signaling pathways. Dec-RVKR-CMK also decreased expression of PC5/6A, but not furin, another PC member, suggesting the involvement of PC5/6A in squamous differentiation of HNECs. Overexpression of PC5/6A and BMP-2 in the human nasal epithelial cell line RPMI-2650 demonstrated that PC5/6A can activate BMP-2. Under retinoic acid-sufficient culture conditions for mucociliary differentiation of HNECs, short-term expression of PC5/6A by the adenovirus system and addition of exogenous BMP-2 induced squamous differentiation. Furthermore, PC5/6A and BMP-2 were highly expressed in metaplastic squamous epithelium of human nasal polyps. Taken together, PC5/6A is involved in squamous differentiation of HNECs, possibly through up-regulation of the BMP-2/pSmad1/5/8/p38 signaling pathway, pointing to a potential therapeutic target for the prevention of chronic airway diseases that exhibit squamous metaplasia.
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윤주헌(Yoon, Joo Heon)
이민구(Lee, Min Goo) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7436-012X
이상남(Lee, Sang Nam)
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