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Quantification of Farnesylated Progerin in Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Patient Cells by Mass Spectrometry.
Int J Mol Sci . 2022 Oct 3;23(19):11733.
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a rare fatal disorder characterized by premature aging and death at a median age of 14.5 years. The most common cause of HGPS (affecting circa 90% of patients) is a de novo heterozygous synonymous single-base substitution (c.1824C>T; p.G608G) in the LMNA gene that results in the accumulation of progerin, an aberrant form of lamin A that, unlike mature lamin A, remains permanently farnesylated. The ratio of progerin to mature lamin A correlates with disease severity in HGPS patients, and can be used to assess the effectiveness of therapies aimed at lessening aberrant splicing or progerin farnesylation. We recently showed that the endogenous content of lamin A and progerin can be measured by mass spectrometry (MS), providing an alternative to immunological methods, which lack the necessary specificity and quantitative accuracy. Here, we present the first non-immunological method that reliably quantifies the levels of wild-type lamin A and farnesylated progerin in cells from HGPS patients. This method, which is based on a targeted MS approach and the use of isotope-labeled internal standards, could be applied in ongoing clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of drugs that inhibit progerin farnesylation.
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