The Open Biochemistry Journal

ISSN: 1874-091X ― Volume 13, 2019

Secretion of Legumain Increases in Conditioned Medium from DJ-1-Knockout Cells and in Serum from DJ-1-Knockout Mice

Takuya Yamane1, 2, *, Izumi Kato-Ose3, Tatsuji Sakamoto1, 2, Yoshihisa Nakano1
1 Center for Research and Development Bioresources, Research Organization for University-Community Collaborations, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka599-8570, Japan
2 Department of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka599-8531, Japan
3 Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku, Sapporo060-0812, Japan



Asparaginyl endopeptidase, also known as legumain (EC shows strong activity in the mouse kidney. Legumain is also highly expressed in tumors. DJ-1/PARK7 is a Parkinson’s disease- and cancer-associated protein. DJ-1 is a coactivator of various transcription factors. Recently, we reported that transcription of the legumain gene is regulated by p53 through DJ-1.


We measured the secretion levels of legumain in a conditioned medium of DJ-1 knockout cells and in serum from DJ-1 knockout mice using Western blotting and ELISA. We performed immunocytochemical staining of legumain to examine the localization of legumain in DJ-1-knockout cells.


We found that the secretion levels of legumain were increased in the conditioned medium of DJ-1-knockout cells and in serum from DJ-1-knockout mice. Dot structures of legumain were also increased in DJ-1-knockout cells.


The results suggest that legumain secretion from DJ-1-knockout cells and in mice increases through its increased expression and accumulation in membrane-associated vesicles.

Keywords: Legumain, DJ-1, Secretion, p53, Western blotting, Knockout mice, Gene.

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Year: 2018
Volume: 12
First Page: 29
Last Page: 35
Publisher Id: TOBIOCJ-12-29
DOI: 10.2174/1874091X01812010029

Article History:

Received Date: 24/10/2017
Revision Received Date: 18/2/2018
Acceptance Date: 19/2/2018
Electronic publication date: 28/02/2018
Collection year: 2018

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