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The Ser82 RAGE Variant Affects Lung Function and Serum RAGE in Smokers and sRAGE Production In Vitro

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posted on 2016-11-16, 11:10 authored by S. Miller, A. P. Henry, E. Hodge, A. K. Kheirallah, C. K. Billington, T. L. Rimington, S. K. Bhaker, M. Obeidat, E. Melén, S. K. Merid, C. Swan, C. Gowland, C. P. Nelson, C. E. Stewart, C. E. Bolton, I. Kilty, A. Malarstig, S. G. Parker, M. F. Moffatt, Andrew J. Wardlaw, I. Hall, I. Sayers
Introduction Genome-Wide Association Studies have identified associations between lung function measures and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and chromosome region 6p21 containing the gene for the Advanced Glycation End Product Receptor (AGER, encoding RAGE). We aimed to (i) characterise RAGE expression in the lung, (ii) identify AGER transcripts, (iii) ascertain if SNP rs2070600 (Gly82Ser C/T) is associated with lung function and serum sRAGE levels and (iv) identify whether the Gly82Ser variant is functionally important in altering sRAGE levels in an airway epithelial cell model. Methods Immunohistochemistry was used to identify RAGE protein expression in 26 human tissues and qPCR was used to quantify AGER mRNA in lung cells. Gene expression array data was used to identify AGER expression during lung development in 38 fetal lung samples. RNA-Seq was used to identify AGER transcripts in lung cells. sRAGE levels were assessed in cells and patient serum by ELISA. BEAS2B-R1 cells were transfected to overexpress RAGE protein with either the Gly82 or Ser82 variant and sRAGE levels identified. Results Immunohistochemical assessment of 6 adult lung samples identified high RAGE expression in the alveoli of healthy adults and individuals with COPD. AGER/RAGE expression increased across developmental stages in human fetal lung at both the mRNA (38 samples) and protein levels (20 samples). Extensive AGER splicing was identified. The rs2070600T (Ser82) allele is associated with higher FEV1, FEV1/FVC and lower serum sRAGE levels in UK smokers. Using an airway epithelium model overexpressing the Gly82 or Ser82 variants we found that HMGB1 activation of the RAGE-Ser82 receptor results in lower sRAGE production. Conclusions This study provides new information regarding the expression profile and potential role of RAGE in the human lung and shows a functional role of the Gly82Ser variant. These findings advance our understanding of the potential mechanisms underlying COPD particularly for carriers of this AGER polymorphism.


This study was funded by grants from the Medical Research Council, UK (G1000861) and Pfizer Inc. EM has received funding from The Swedish Research Council, The Swedish HeartLung Foundation and Stockholm County Council (ALF). AJW is supported by the National Institute for Health Research Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit.



PLoS One, 2016 11(10): e0164041

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