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Mapping and Exploring the Collagen‑I Proteostasis Network

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posted on 05.02.2016, 00:00 by Andrew S. DiChiara, Rebecca J. Taylor, Madeline Y. Wong, Ngoc-Duc Doan, Amanda M. Del Rosario, Matthew D. Shoulders
Collagen-I is the most abundant protein in the human body, yet our understanding of how the endoplasmic reticulum regulates collagen-I proteostasis (folding, quality control, and secretion) remains immature. Of particular importance, interactomic studies to map the collagen-I proteostasis network have never been performed. Such studies would provide insight into mechanisms of collagen-I folding and misfolding in cells, an area that is particularly important owing to the prominence of the collagen misfolding-related diseases. Here, we overcome key roadblocks to progress in this area by generating stable fibrosarcoma cells that inducibly express properly folded and modified collagen-I strands tagged with distinctive antibody epitopes. Selective immunoprecipitation of collagen-I from these cells integrated with quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics permits the first mapping of the collagen-I proteostasis network. Biochemical validation of the resulting map leads to the assignment of numerous new players in collagen-I proteostasis, and the unanticipated discovery of apparent aspartyl-hydroxylation as a new post-translational modification in the N-propeptide of collagen-I. Furthermore, quantitative analyses reveal that Erp29, an abundant endoplasmic reticulum proteostasis machinery component with few known functions, plays a key role in collagen-I retention under ascorbate-deficient conditions. In summary, the work here provides fresh insights into the molecular mechanisms of collagen-I proteostasis, yielding a detailed roadmap for future investigations. Straightforward adaptations of the cellular platform developed will also enable hypothesis-driven, comparative research on the likely distinctive proteostasis mechanisms engaged by normal and disease-causing, misfolding collagen-I variants, potentially motivating new therapeutic strategies for currently incurable collagenopathies.