MD: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
PhD in Biochemistry: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
MEd in Secondary Education: University of Notre Dame, 2008
BS in Biochemistry: University of Notre Dame, 2006
Member (Postdoc), Cardiovascular Institute
- Proactive Variant Effect Mapping Aids Diagnosis in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest. Circulation. Genomic and precision medicine 2023
Mitochondrial Protein Interaction Mapping Identifies Regulators of Respiratory Chain Function
2016; 63 (4): 621–32
Mitochondria are essential for numerous cellular processes, yet hundreds of their proteins lack robust functional annotation. To reveal functions for these proteins (termed MXPs), we assessed condition-specific protein-protein interactions for 50 select MXPs using affinity enrichment mass spectrometry. Our data connect MXPs to diverse mitochondrial processes, including multiple aspects of respiratory chain function. Building upon these observations, we validated C17orf89 as a complex I (CI) assembly factor. Disruption of C17orf89 markedly reduced CI activity, and its depletion is found in an unresolved case of CI deficiency. We likewise discovered that LYRM5 interacts with and deflavinates the electron-transferring flavoprotein that shuttles electrons to coenzyme Q (CoQ). Finally, we identified a dynamic human CoQ biosynthetic complex involving multiple MXPs whose topology we map using purified components. Collectively, our data lend mechanistic insight into respiratory chain-related activities and prioritize hundreds of additional interactions for further exploration of mitochondrial protein function.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.06.033
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Quantification of Mitochondrial Acetylation Dynamics Highlights Prominent Sites of Metabolic Regulation
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
2013; 288 (36): 26209–19
Lysine acetylation is rapidly becoming established as a key post-translational modification for regulating mitochondrial metabolism. Nonetheless, distinguishing regulatory sites from among the thousands identified by mass spectrometry and elucidating how these modifications alter enzyme function remain primary challenges. Here, we performed multiplexed quantitative mass spectrometry to measure changes in the mouse liver mitochondrial acetylproteome in response to acute and chronic alterations in nutritional status, and integrated these data sets with our compendium of predicted Sirt3 targets. These analyses highlight a subset of mitochondrial proteins with dynamic acetylation sites, including acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase 1 (Acat1), an enzyme central to multiple metabolic pathways. We performed in vitro biochemistry and molecular modeling to demonstrate that acetylation of Acat1 decreases its activity by disrupting the binding of coenzyme A. Collectively, our data reveal an important new target of regulatory acetylation and provide a foundation for investigating the role of select mitochondrial protein acetylation sites in mediating acute and chronic metabolic transitions.
View details for DOI 10.1074/jbc.M113.483396
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Exploring the feasibility of using long-term stored newborn dried blood spots to identify metabolic features for congenital heart disease screening.
2023; 11 (1): 97
Congenital heart disease (CHD) represents a significant contributor to both morbidity and mortality in neonates and children. There's currently no analogous dried blood spot (DBS) screening for CHD immediately after birth. This study was set to assess the feasibility of using DBS to identify reliable metabolite biomarkers with clinical relevance, with the aim to screen and classify CHD utilizing the DBS. We assembled a cohort of DBS datasets from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Biobank, encompassing both normal controls and three pre-defined CHD categories. A DBS-based quantitative metabolomics method was developed using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). We conducted a correlation analysis comparing the absolute quantitated metabolite concentration in DBS against the CDPH NBS records to verify the reliability of metabolic profiling. For hydrophilic and hydrophobic metabolites, we executed significant pathway and metabolite analyses respectively. Logistic and LightGBM models were established to aid in CHD discrimination and classification. Consistent and reliable quantification of metabolites were demonstrated in DBS samples stored for up to 15 years. We discerned dysregulated metabolic pathways in CHD patients, including deviations in lipid and energy metabolism, as well as oxidative stress pathways. Furthermore, we identified three metabolites and twelve metabolites as potential biomarkers for CHD assessment and subtypes classifying. This study is the first to confirm the feasibility of validating metabolite profiling results using long-term stored DBS samples. Our findings highlight the potential clinical applications of our DBS-based methods for CHD screening and subtype classification.
View details for DOI 10.1186/s40364-023-00536-y
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SUCCESSFUL CARDIAC TRANSPLANTATION AND LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP IN DNAJC19-ASSOCIATED DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY WITH ATAXIA
ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE. 2022: 302
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Prolyl endopeptidase-like is a (thio)esterase involved in mitochondrial respiratory chain function.
2021; 24 (12): 103460
Deficiency of the serine hydrolase prolyl endopeptidase-like (PREPL) causes a recessive metabolic disorder characterized by neonatal hypotonia, feeding difficulties, and growth hormone deficiency. The pathophysiology of PREPL deficiency and the physiological substrates of PREPL remain largely unknown. In this study, we connect PREPL with mitochondrial gene expression and oxidative phosphorylation by analyzing its protein interactors. We demonstrate that the long PREPLL isoform localizes to mitochondria, whereas PREPLS remains cytosolic. Prepl KO mice showed reduced mitochondrial complex activities and disrupted mitochondrial gene expression. Furthermore, mitochondrial ultrastructure was abnormal in a PREPL-deficient patient and Prepl KO mice. In addition, we reveal that PREPL has (thio)esterase activity and inhibition of PREPL by Palmostatin M suggests a depalmitoylating function. We subsequently determined the crystal structure of PREPL, thereby providing insight into the mechanism of action. Taken together, PREPL is a (thio)esterase rather than a peptidase and PREPLL is involved in mitochondrial homeostasis.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.isci.2021.103460
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Aicardi-Goutières syndrome may present with positive newborn screen for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy.
American journal of medical genetics. Part A
We report three unrelated probands, two male and one female, diagnosed with Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) after screening positive on California newborn screening (CA NBS) for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) due to elevated C26:0 lysophosphatidylcholine (C26:0-LPC). Follow-up evaluation was notable for elevated C26:0, C26:1, and C26:0/C22:0 ratio, and normal red blood cell plasmalogens levels in all three probands. Diagnoses were confirmed by molecular sequencing prior to 12 months of age after clinical evaluation was inconsistent with X-ALD or suggestive of AGS. For at least one proband, the early diagnosis of AGS enabled candidacy for enrollment into a therapeutic clinical trial. This report demonstrates the importance of including AGS on the differential diagnosis for individuals who screen positive for X-ALD, particularly infants with abnormal neurological features, as this age of onset would be highly unusual for X-ALD. While AGS is not included on the Recommended Universal Screening Panel, affected individuals can be identified early through state NBS programs so long as providers are aware of a broader differential that includes AGS. This report is timely, as state NBS algorithms for X-ALD are actively being established, implemented, and refined.
View details for DOI 10.1002/ajmg.a.62160
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Systems Biochemistry Approaches to Defining Mitochondrial Protein Function.
2020; 31 (4): 669–78
Defining functions for the full complement of proteins is a grand challenge in the post-genomic era and is essential for our understanding of basic biology and disease pathogenesis. In recent times, this endeavor has benefitted from a combination of modern large-scale and classical reductionist approaches-a process we refer to as "systems biochemistry"-that helps surmount traditional barriers to the characterization of poorly understood proteins. This strategy is proving to be particularly effective for mitochondria, whose well-defined proteome has enabled comprehensive analyses of the full mitochondrial system that can position understudied proteins for fruitful mechanistic investigations. Recent systems biochemistry approaches have accelerated the identification of new disease-related mitochondrial proteins and of long-sought "missing" proteins that fulfill key functions. Collectively, these studies are moving us toward a more complete understanding of mitochondrial activities and providing a molecular framework for the investigation of mitochondrial pathogenesis.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cmet.2020.03.011
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Cerebellar Ataxia and Coenzyme Q Deficiency through Loss of Unorthodox Kinase Activity
2016; 63 (4): 608–20
The UbiB protein kinase-like (PKL) family is widespread, comprising one-quarter of microbial PKLs and five human homologs, yet its biochemical activities remain obscure. COQ8A (ADCK3) is a mammalian UbiB protein associated with ubiquinone (CoQ) biosynthesis and an ataxia (ARCA2) through unclear means. We show that mice lacking COQ8A develop a slowly progressive cerebellar ataxia linked to Purkinje cell dysfunction and mild exercise intolerance, recapitulating ARCA2. Interspecies biochemical analyses show that COQ8A and yeast Coq8p specifically stabilize a CoQ biosynthesis complex through unorthodox PKL functions. Although COQ8 was predicted to be a protein kinase, we demonstrate that it lacks canonical protein kinase activity in trans. Instead, COQ8 has ATPase activity and interacts with lipid CoQ intermediates, functions that are likely conserved across all domains of life. Collectively, our results lend insight into the molecular activities of the ancient UbiB family and elucidate the biochemical underpinnings of a human disease.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.06.030
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Mitochondrial ADCK3 Employs an Atypical Protein Kinase-like Fold to Enable Coenzyme Q Biosynthesis
2015; 57 (1): 83–94
The ancient UbiB protein kinase-like family is involved in isoprenoid lipid biosynthesis and is implicated in human diseases, but demonstration of UbiB kinase activity has remained elusive for unknown reasons. Here, we quantitatively define UbiB-specific sequence motifs and reveal their positions within the crystal structure of a UbiB protein, ADCK3. We find that multiple UbiB-specific features are poised to inhibit protein kinase activity, including an N-terminal domain that occupies the typical substrate binding pocket and a unique A-rich loop that limits ATP binding by establishing an unusual selectivity for ADP. A single alanine-to-glycine mutation of this loop flips this coenzyme selectivity and enables autophosphorylation but inhibits coenzyme Q biosynthesis in vivo, demonstrating functional relevance for this unique feature. Our work provides mechanistic insight into UbiB enzyme activity and establishes a molecular foundation for further investigation of how UbiB family proteins affect diseases and diverse biological pathways.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.molcel.2014.11.002
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SORCS1 is necessary for normal insulin secretory granule biogenesis in metabolically stressed beta cells
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION
2014; 124 (10): 4240–56
We previously positionally cloned Sorcs1 as a diabetes quantitative trait locus. Sorcs1 belongs to the Vacuolar protein sorting-10 (Vps10) gene family. In yeast, Vps10 transports enzymes from the trans-Golgi network (TGN) to the vacuole. Whole-body Sorcs1 KO mice, when made obese with the leptin(ob) mutation (ob/ob), developed diabetes. β Cells from these mice had a severe deficiency of secretory granules (SGs) and insulin. Interestingly, a single secretagogue challenge failed to consistently elicit an insulin secretory dysfunction. However, multiple challenges of the Sorcs1 KO ob/ob islets consistently revealed an insulin secretion defect. The luminal domain of SORCS1 (Lum-Sorcs1), when expressed in a β cell line, acted as a dominant-negative, leading to SG and insulin deficiency. Using syncollin-dsRed5TIMER adenovirus, we found that the loss of Sorcs1 function greatly impairs the rapid replenishment of SGs following secretagogue challenge. Chronic exposure of islets from lean Sorcs1 KO mice to high glucose and palmitate depleted insulin content and evoked an insulin secretion defect. Thus, in metabolically stressed mice, Sorcs1 is important for SG replenishment, and under chronic challenge by insulin secretagogues, loss of Sorcs1 leads to diabetes. Overexpression of full-length SORCS1 led to a 2-fold increase in SG content, suggesting that SORCS1 is sufficient to promote SG biogenesis.
View details for DOI 10.1172/JCI74072
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