Zinc Transporter-3 Knockout Mice Demonstrate Age-Dependent Alterations in the Metalloproteome

Sara M. Hancock, Stuart D. Portbury, Adam P. Gunn, Blaine R. Roberts, Ashley I. Bush, Paul A. Adlard

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Metals are critical cellular elements that are involved in a variety of cellular processes, with recent literature demonstrating that zinc, and the synaptic zinc transporter (ZnT3), are specifically involved in learning and memory and may also be key players in age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Whilst the cellular content and location of metals is critical, recent data has demonstrated that the metalation state of proteins is a determinant of protein function and potential toxicity. As we have previously reported that ZnT3 knockout (KO) mice have deficits in total zinc levels at both 3 and 6 months of age, we were interested in whether there might be changes in the metalloproteomic profile in these animals. To do this, we utilised size exclusion chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SEC-ICP-MS) and examined hippocampal homogenates from ZnT3 KO and age-matched wild-type mice at 3, 6 and 18 months of age. Our data suggest that there are alterations in specific metal binding proteins, for zinc, copper and iron all being modulated in the ZnT3 KO mice compared to wild-type (WT). These data suggest that ZnT3 KO mice may have impairments in the levels or localisation of multiple transition metals, and that copper- and iron-dependent cellular pathways may also be impacted in these mice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number839
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


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