Deletion of mFICD AMPylase alters cytokine secretion and affects visual short-term learning in vivo

Nicholas McCaul, Corey M. Porter, Anouk Becker, Chih Hang Anthony Tang, Charlotte Wijne, Bhaskar Chatterjee, Djenet Bousbaine, Angelina Bilate, Chih Chi Andrew Hu, Hidde Ploegh, Matthias C. Truttmann

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Fic domain-containing AMP transferases (fic AMPylases) are conserved enzymes that catalyze the covalent transfer of AMP to proteins. This posttranslational modification regulates the function of several proteins, including the ER-resident chaperone Grp78/BiP. Here we introduce a mouse FICD (mFICD) AMPylase knockout mouse model to study fic AMPylase function in vertebrates. We find that mFICD deficiency is well tolerated in unstressed mice. We also show that mFICD-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts are depleted of AMPylated proteins. mFICD deletion alters protein synthesis and secretion in splenocytes, including that of IgM, an antibody secreted early during infections, and the proinflammatory cytokine IL-1β, without affecting the unfolded protein response. Finally, we demonstrate that visual nonspatial short-term learning is stronger in old mFICD−/− mice than in wild-type controls while other measures of cognition, memory, and learning are unaffected. Together, our results suggest a role for mFICD in adaptive immunity and neuronal plasticity in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100991
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


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