High blood pressure (BP) is the most common cardiovascular risk factor worldwide and a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. We previously discovered a BP-associated missense SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism)–rs2272996–in the gene encoding vanin-1, a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored membrane pantetheinase. In the present study, we first replicated the association of rs2272996 and BP traits with a total sample size of nearly 30,000 individuals from the Continental Origins and Genetic Epidemiology Network (COGENT) of African Americans (P = 0.01). This association was further validated using patient plasma samples; we observed that the N131S mutation is associated with significantly lower plasma vanin-1 protein levels. We observed that the N131S vanin-1 is subjected to rapid endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD) as the underlying mechanism for its reduction. Using HEK293 cells stably expressing vanin-1 variants, we showed that N131S vanin-1 was degraded significantly faster than wild type (WT) vanin-1. Consequently, there were only minimal quantities of variant vanin-1 present on the plasma membrane and greatly reduced pantetheinase activity. Application of MG-132, a proteasome inhibitor, resulted in accumulation of ubiquitinated variant protein. A further experiment demonstrated that atenolol and diltiazem, two current drugs for treating hypertension, reduce the vanin-1 protein level. Our study provides strong biological evidence for the association of the identified SNP with BP and suggests that vanin-1 misfolding and degradation are the underlying molecular mechanism.
Wang, Ya-Juan; Tayo, Bamidele O.; Bandyopadhyay, Anupam; Wang, Heming; Feng, Tao; Franceschini, Nora; Tang, Hua; Gao, Jianmin; Sung, Yun Ju; the COGENT BP consortium; Elston, Robert C.; Williams, Scott M.; Cooper, Richard S.; Mu, Ting-Wei; and Zhu, Xiaofeng, "The Association of the Vanin-1 N131S Variant with Blood Pressure is Mediated by Endoplasmic Reticulum-Associated Degradation and Loss of Function" (2014). Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access Articles. 3388.