The role of the lectin VIP36 in the early secretory pathway

Reiterer, Veronika. The role of the lectin VIP36 in the early secretory pathway. 2010, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.


Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/diss/DissB_9280

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Lectins are of emerging importance for quality control and intracellular transport of glycoproteins in mammalian cells. One of the most prominent lectins involved in intracellular transport is ERGIC-53, which belongs to the family of L-type lectins. ERGIC-53 mediates the ER export of several glycoproteins like cathepsin Z, α1-antitrypsin (α1-AT) or blood coagulation factors. VIP36 belongs to the same family as ERGIC-53, but its cellular function remains poorly understood. VIP36 is a type I membrane protein. It cycles within the early secretory pathway and binds high mannose glycans. In order to gain insight into the function of VIP36 we decided to search for a luminal interaction partner for VIP36.
We used a YFP-protein fragmentation complementation (YFP-PCA) based FACS screen of a human adult liver library to unravel an interaction partner for VIP36. Complementation of YFP is irreversible. Therefore, the YFP-PCA is well suited to detect weak interactions, like those between mammalian lectins and glycoproteins. YFP2-VIP36 was used as the bait in our screen. The human liver library was tagged with YFP1. Our screen identified α1-AT as an interaction partner for VIP36. VIP36 recognized high mannose containing α1-AT, which is consistent with the previously obtained results about the glycan affinity of VIP36. This interaction was increased upon inhibition of complex glycosylation by kifunensine. The complex formed by α1-AT and VIP36 was localized to the Golgi and the ER. α1-AT was previously identified as a cargo for ERGIC-53. Knockdown of ERGIC-53 slowed down α1-AT transport, consistent with a role for ERGIC-53 in ER export of α1-AT. In contrast, knockdown of VIP36 accelerated transport of endogenous α1-AT in HepG2 cells. This effect was specific for α1-AT, as the non-glycosylated protein albumin showed no acceleration in transport. In addition, VIP36 knockdown did not affect general protein secretion. This finding makes it unlikely that VIP36 acts as an anterograde cargo receptor for α1-AT. Further studies on the dynamics of the complex formed by VIP36 and α1-AT revealed that VIP36 recycles α1-AT back to the ER, which argues for a role of VIP36 in post-ER quality control. This notion is further supported by the finding that the chaperone BiP co-immunoprecipitated with the complex of VIP36 and α1-AT. This chaperone was previously described as an interaction partner for VIP36. This argues for a complex consisting of VIP36 and BiP acting together in post-ER quality control to detect misfolded α1-antitrypsin in the Golgi and retrieve it back to the ER.
Apart from searching for an interaction partner, I also determined the effect of depletion of VIP36 on the morphology of the secretory pathway. The rationale behind this is the observation that cargo receptors contribute to the structural integrity of organelles of the secretory pathway. Knockdown of VIP36 had no effect on ER exit sites or on the ERGIC. However, VIP36 knockdown resulted in fragmentation of the Golgi apparatus. The fragmented Golgi was not the consequence of disturbed bidirectional protein transport and not due to effects on microtubules. Knockdown of VIP36 reduced COPI staining on the Golgi. VIP36 is likely to provide COPI binding sites on the Golgi via its cytosolic tail and thereby contribute to Golgi structural integrity. Our results underscore the importance of cargo receptors, not only for intracellular transport within the secretory pathway, but also to maintain the integrity of the secretory pathway itself.
In conclusion, my thesis provides a deeper insight into the function of VIP36 in the early secretory pathway.
Advisors:Hauri, Hans-Peter
Committee Members:Spiess, Martin
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Pharmacology/Neurobiology (Hauri)
UniBasel Contributors:Hauri, Hans-Peter and Spiess, Martin
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:9280
Thesis status:Complete
Number of Pages:122 Bl.
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Deposited On:27 Dec 2010 10:42

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