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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 3502401, 8 pages
Research Article

4-Hydroxy-2-nonenal Alkylated and Peroxynitrite Nitrated Proteins Localize to the Fused Mitochondria in Malpighian Epithelial Cells of Type IV Collagen Drosophila Mutants

1Institute of Medical Biology, University of Szeged, Somogyi B. U. 4, 6720 Szeged, Hungary
2John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, 1960 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Mátyás Mink

Received 4 September 2017; Revised 3 December 2017; Accepted 2 January 2018; Published 30 January 2018

Academic Editor: Daniela Grifoni

Copyright © 2018 András A. Kiss et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Human type IV collagenopathy is associated with mutations within the COL4A1 and to a less extent the COL4A2 genes. The proteins encoded by these genes form heterotrimers and are the highest molar ratio components of the ubiquitous basement membrane. The clinical manifestations of the COL4A1/A2 mutations are systemic affecting many tissues and organs among these kidneys. In order to uncover the cellular and biochemical alterations associated with aberrant type IV collagen, we have explored the phenotype of the Malpighian tubules, the secretory organ and insect kidney model, in col4a1 collagen gene mutants of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. In Malpighian epithelial cells of col4a1 mutants, robust mitochondrial fusion indicated mutation-induced stress. Immunohistochemistry detected proteins nitrated by peroxynitrite that localized to the enlarged mitochondria and increased level of membrane peroxidation, assessed by the amount of proteins alkylated by 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal that similarly localized to the fused mitochondria. Nuclei within the Malpighian epithelium showed TUNEL-positivity suggesting cell degradation. The results demonstrated that col4a1 mutations affect the epithelia and, consequently, secretory function of the Malpighian tubules and provide mechanistic insight into col4a1 mutation-associated functional impairments not yet reported in human patients and in mouse models with mutant COL4A1.