Hepatocystin Is not secreted in cyst fluid of hepatocystin mutant polycystic liver patients

Esmé Waanders, Anke L.L. Lameris, Huub J.M.OP Den Camp, Wendy Pluk, Jolein Gloerich, Simon P. Strijk, Joost P.H. Drenth

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Autosomal dominant polycystic liver disease (PCLD) is characterized by multiple liver cysts and is caused by mutations in PRKCSH(hepatocystin). Mechanisms of cystogenesis are unknown, but previous studies have shown that hepatocystin is secreted in vitro. The goal of this study was to determine the fate of hepatocystin in vivo. Using immunoprecipitation, we determined that mutant hepatocystin is secreted from both apical and basolateral cell surface of MDCK cells stably transfected with mutant hepatocystin. Analysis of 60 cyst fluid samples from polycystic livers using Western blot, MALDI-TOF MS or nLC-MS/MS did not detect hepatocystin in liver cyst fluid. We did identify 163 ubiquitous serum proteins. No paracrine or autocrine factors were recognized. Although cyst fluids vary greatly in protein concentration, a PCLD specific protein pattern was not established. In conclusion, hepatocystin is not secreted in PCLD liver cyst fluid, suggesting that mutant hepatocystin is either not produced or degraded intracellularly. PCLD cysts develop from intralobular bile ductules and cyst fluid mainly contains common serum proteins comparable to that of other polycystic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2490-2495
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Proteome Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Hepatocystin
  • Liver cyst fluid
  • MS
  • PCLD
  • Protein profile


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