Human ADPKD primary cyst epithelial cells with a novel, single codon deletion in the PKD1 gene exhibit defective ciliary polycystin localization and loss of flow-induced Ca2+ signaling

Chang Xu, Sandro Rossetti, Lianwei Jiang, Peter C. Harris, Ursa Brown-Glaberman, Angela Wandinger-Ness, Robert Bacallao, Seth L. Alper

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Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) gene products polycystin-1 (PC1) and polycystin-2 (PC2) colocalize in the apical monocilia of renal epithelial cells. Mouse and human renal cells without PC1 protein show impaired ciliary mechanosensation, and this impairment has been proposed to promote cystogenesis. However, most cyst epithelia of human ADPKD kidneys appear to express full-length PC1 and PC2 in normal or increased abundance. We show that confluent primary ADPKD cyst cells with the novel PC1 mutation ΔL2433 and with normal abundance of PC1 and PC2 polypeptides lack ciliary PC1 and often lack ciliary PC2, whereas PC1 and PC2 are both present in cilia of confluent normal human kidney (NK) epithelial cells in primary culture. Confluent NK cells respond to shear stress with transient increases in cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i), dependent on both extracellular Ca2+ and release from intracellular stores. In contrast, ADPKD cyst cells lack flow-sensitive [Ca2+] i signaling and exhibit reduced endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ stores and store-depletion-operated Ca2+ entry but retain near-normal [Ca2+]i responses to ANG II and to vasopressin. Expression of wild-type and mutant CD16.7-PKD1(115-226) fusion proteins reveals within the COOH-terminal 112 amino acids of PC1 a coiled-coil domain-independent ciliary localization signal. However, the coiled-coil domain is required for CD16.7-PKD1(115-226) expression to accelerate decay of the flow-induced Ca2+ signal in NK cells. These data provide evidence for ciliary dysfunction and polycystin mislocalization in human ADPKD cells with normal levels of PC1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F930-F945
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007



  • Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease
  • Fura 2
  • Monocilium
  • Protein trafficking
  • Shear stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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