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C. elegans Secreted Lipid-Binding Protein NRF-5 Mediates PS Appearance on Phagocytes for Cell Corpse Engulfment.
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PMID:  22727700     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: During programmed cell death, apoptotic cells are rapidly removed by phagocytes. How dying cells are recognized remains poorly understood. RESULTS: Here we identify a secreted lipid transfer/LPS-binding family protein, NRF-5, which is required for efficient clearance of cell corpses. We observed that phosphatidylserine (PS), which is externalized to the outer leaflet of plasma membranes in apoptotic cells, is also detected on the surface of engulfing cells. Loss of NRF-5 function completely blocks PS appearance on engulfing cells but causes accumulation of PS on apoptotic cells, a phenotype observed in both ced-7(lf) and ttr-52(lf) mutants. The NRF-5 protein is expressed in and secreted from body wall muscle cells and clusters around apoptotic cells in a CED-7-dependent manner. NRF-5 associates with TTR-52, binds PS, and displays lipid transfer activity in vitro. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that NRF-5 may act with CED-7 and TTR-52 to mediate PS transfer from apoptotic cells to engulfing cells and thus promotes engulfment by phagocytes.
Yan Zhang; Haibin Wang; Eriko Kage-Nakadai; Shohei Mitani; Xiaochen Wang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current biology : CB     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-0445     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9107782     Medline TA:  Curr Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Graduate Program in Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China; National Institute of Biological Sciences, No. 7 Science Park Road, Zhongguancun Life Science Park, Beijing 102206, China.
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