Danon disease is a genetic deficiency in lysosome-associated membrane protein 2 (LAMP-2), a highly glycosylated constituent of the lysosomal membrane and characterized by a cardiomyopathy, skeletal muscle myopathy, and cognitive impairment. Patients, however, often manifest hepatic abnormalities, but liver function has not been well evaluated and the syndrome is relatively uncommon. Hence, we have taken advantage of a rat that has been deleted of LAMP-2 to study the relative role of LAMP-2 on liver function. Interestingly, rats deficient in LAMP-2 develop a striking increase in serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and a decrease in bile flow compared with wild-type littermates. Importantly and by ultrastructural analysis, deficient rats manifest dilated canaliculi that lack microvilli with evidence of bile-containing bodies. Moreover, following bile duct ligation, LAMP-2-deficient rats develop rapid and severe evidence of advanced cholestasis, with an increase in serum bilirubin, as early as 6 h later. In wild-type control rats, multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (Mrp2) normally concentrates at the bile canalicular membranes to secrete conjugated bilirubin into bile. However, in LAMP-2y/− rats, Mrp2 was detected in hepatocytes compared with other canalicular proteins including P-glycoproteins, dipeptidyl peptidase IV (CD26), and aminopeptidase (CD13). Our data further suggest that LAMP-2 interacts with the membrane cytoskeletal proteins radixin and F-actin in determining the localization of integral membrane proteins.
- Intrahepatic cholestasis
- Lysosome-associated membrane protein 2
- Multidrug resistance-associated protein 2
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy