A Novel SLC5A5 Variant Reveals the Crucial Role of Kinesin Light Chain 2 in Thyroid Hormonogenesis.

Iodide transport defect (ITD) (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man #274400) is an uncommon cause of dyshormonogenic congenital hypothyroidism due to loss-of-function variants in the SLC5A5 gene, which encodes the sodium/iodide symporter (NIS), causing deficient iodide accumulation in thyroid follicular cells.To determine the molecular basis of a patient´s ITD clinical phenotype.The propositus was diagnosed with dyshormonogenic congenital hypothyroidism with minimal 99mTc-pertechnetate accumulation in a eutopic thyroid gland.Propositus SLC5A5 gene was sequenced. Functional in vitro characterization of the novel NIS variant was performed.Sanger sequencing revealed a novel homozygous missense p.G561E NIS variant. Mechanistically, the G561E substitution reduces iodide uptake, because targeting of G561E NIS to the plasma membrane is reduced. Biochemical analyses revealed that G561E impairs the recognition of an adjacent tryptophan-acidic motif by the kinesin-1 subunit kinesin light chain 2 (KLC2), interfering with NIS maturation beyond the endoplasmic reticulum, and reducing iodide accumulation. Structural bioinformatic analysis suggests that G561E shifts the equilibrium of the unstructured tryptophan-acidic motif towards a more structured conformation unrecognizable to KLC2. Consistently, knockdown of Klc2 causes defective NIS maturation and consequently decreases iodide accumulation in rat thyroid cells. Morpholino knockdown of klc2 reduces thyroid hormone synthesis in zebrafish larvae leading to a hypothyroid state as revealed by expression profiling of key genes related to the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis.We report a novel NIS pathogenic variant associated with dyshormonogenic congenital hypothyroidism. Detailed molecular characterization of G561E NIS uncovered the significance of KLC2 in thyroid physiology.

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Authors: Mariano Martín, Carlos Pablo Modenutti, Mauco Lucas Gil Rosas, Victoria Peyret, Romina Celeste Geysels, Carlos Eduardo Bernal Barquero, Gabriela Sobrero, Liliana Muñoz, Malvina Signorino, Graciela Testa, Mirta Beatriz Miras, Ana María Masini-Repiso, Nora Beatriz Calcaterra, Gabriela Coux, Nancy Carrasco, Marcelo Adrián Martí, Juan Pablo Nicola