Function of human surf4 in the early secretory pathway

Mitrovic, Sandra. Function of human surf4 in the early secretory pathway. 2007, Doctoral Thesis, University of Basel, Faculty of Science.


Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/diss/DissB_8083

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Transport along the early secretory pathway is mediated by vesicles that shuttle proteins and lipids between organelles. Highly organized machineries assure correct trafficking in anterograde and retrograde directions as well as homeostasis of the organelles. A unique position in this system hold transmembrane cargo receptors. They are specialized in recognition of soluble luminal proteins and are able to link them to transport machineries on the cytoplasmic side such as vesicular coats. Cargo receptors are abundant proteins, but their inactivation leads to rather limited secretion phenotypes, illustrating the strict selectivity of receptors for a subset of soluble secretory cargo. Increasing evidence links cargo receptors to human diseases. In humans inactivation of the cargo receptor ERGIC-53 leads to inefficient secretion of the blood coagulation factors V and VIII which is already enough to provoke bleeding disorders. Recently the p24 family member p23 was linked to Alzheimer’s disease by regulating amyloid precursor protein trafficking. These studies show the importance and need to characterize the function of cargo receptors in more detail. The identification of Erv29p in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a cargo receptor for pro-α-factor (gpαf) opened new insights into the mechanism of cargo selection by recognizing the Ile-Leu-Val (ILV) sequence motif located in the proregion of gpαf. Furthermore deletion of ERV29 leads to a delay in transport of carboxypeptidase Y (CPY) and proteinase A (PrA) as well as to stabilization of the soluble ER associated degradation (ERAD) substrates CPY* and PrA*. So far Erv29p is the only known cargo receptor required for efficient transport of soluble secretory proteins and efficient degradation of misfolded ERAD substrates, suggesting a much wider function than only packaging correctly folded soluble proteins. The mammalian ortholog Surf4 is poorly characterized and gpαf as the cargo for Erv29p does not allow any speculation about a potential secretory cargo for Surf4 in humans. Therefore characterization of Surf4 would give new enlightenment into the mechansims of protein transport within the early secretory pathway in human cells. In order to characterize Surf4 we localized endogenous Surf4 within the early secretory pathway. Mutational analysis of the conserved di-lysine retrieval motif identified Surf4 to cycle between the ER and Golgi in a lysine signal-dependent manner, similarly to the cargo receptor ERGIC-53. The hallmark of cycling
transmembrane proteins is their ability to form homo- and heterooligomers. Well
known examples are the hexamerization of ERGIC-53 and heterooligmerization of
p24 family members. In search of the function of Surf4 we attempted to identify
interacting proteins by Blue Native-PAGE. The ability of Surf4 to form hetrooligomeric
complexes with other cycling transmembrane proteins such as members of the p24
family and ERGIC-53, well known to mediate interactions with the machinery
required for vesicle formation, opens new insights into the multifunctional behaviour
of cargo receptors. Depletion of Surf4 together with ERGIC-53 disrupted the early
secretory pathway, as depletion of the p24 family member p25, by redistributing
COPI from Golgi and ERGIC membranes. Consequently COPI-mediated retrograde
transport is reduced leading to disruption of the Golgi apparatus and reduction in
ERGIC structures.
To test the cargo receptor function of Surf4 for secretory proteins, pulse-chase
analysis was performed with cells depleted of Surf4 by short interference RNA
(siRNA). Surf4 depletion resulted in reduced secretion of a subset of secretory
proteins, implying cargo-receptor function. Is Surf4 also required for efficient
degradation of soluble ERAD substrates as Erv29p? Given that alpha-1-antitrypsin Z
variant (A1PiZ) is an ERAD substrate in both yeast and human and is stabilized in
Erv29p depleted cells, it is a valid model substrate to study the role of Surf4
dependent stabilization of ERAD substrates in humans. Pulse-chase analysis in
combination with Surf4 siRNA-mediated protein knockdown revealed normal
degradation of A1PiZ, suggesting no requirement of Surf4 to clear the ER of
accumulated soluble ERAD substrates. This work could confirm a potential cargo
receptor function for Surf4, while it was not required for efficient degradation of the
soluble ERAD substrate A1PiZ.
In conclusion the studies on Surf4 revealed that cargo receptors have at least
two functions. They assure efficient anterograde transport of secreted proteins by
their luminal domain and mediate efficient retrograde transport by controlling COPI
recruitment via their cytosolic domain. Thereby cargo receptors facilitate exocytic
transport and contribute to organelle maintenace.
Advisors:Hauri, Hans-Peter
Committee Members:Spang, Anne and Pieters, Jean
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Pharmacology/Neurobiology (Hauri)
UniBasel Contributors:Hauri, Hans-Peter and Spang, Anne and Pieters, Jean
Item Type:Thesis
Thesis Subtype:Doctoral Thesis
Thesis no:8083
Thesis status:Complete
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Number of Pages:106
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