PubMed 23274954

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.2

Title: Loss of the ciliary kinase Nek8 causes left-right asymmetry defects.

Authors: Danielle K Manning, Mikhail Sergeev, Roy G van Heesbeen, Michael D Wong, Jin-Hee Oh, Yan Liu, R Mark Henkelman, Iain Drummond, Jagesh V Shah, David R Beier

Journal, date & volume: J. Am. Soc. Nephrol., 2013 Jan , 24, 100-12

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A missense mutation in mouse Nek8, which encodes a ciliary kinase, produces the juvenile cystic kidneys (jck) model of polycystic kidney disease, but the functions of Nek8 are incompletely understood. Here, we generated a Nek8-null allele and found that homozygous mutant mice die at birth and exhibit randomization of left-right asymmetry, cardiac anomalies, and glomerular kidney cysts. The requirement for Nek8 in left-right patterning is conserved, as knockdown of the zebrafish ortholog caused randomized heart looping. Ciliogenesis was intact in Nek8-deficient embryos and cells, but we observed misexpression of left-sided marker genes early in development, suggesting that nodal ciliary signaling was perturbed. We also generated jck/Nek8 compound heterozygotes; these mutants developed less severe cystic disease than jck homozygotes and provided genetic evidence that the jck allele may encode a gain-of-function protein. Notably, NEK8 and polycystin-2 (PC2) proteins interact, and we found that Nek8(-/-) and Pkd2(-/-) embryonic phenotypes are strikingly similar. Nek8-deficient embryos and cells did express PC2 normally, which localized properly to the cilia. However, similar to cells lacking PC2, NEK8-depleted inner medullary collecting duct cells exhibited a defective response to fluid shear, suggesting that NEK8 may play a role in mediating PC2-dependent signaling.