Structure-function analyses of the small GTPase Rab35 and its effector protein centaurin-β2/ACAP2 during neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells

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    Abstract

    The small GTPase Rab35 is a molecular switch for membrane trafficking that regulates a variety of cellular events. We previously showed that Rab35 promotes neurite outgrowth of nerve growth factor-stimulated PC12 cells through interaction with centaurin-β2 (also called ACAP2). Centaurin-β2 is the only Rab35-binding protein reported thus far that exclusively recognizes Rab35 and does not recognize any of the other 59 Rabs identified in mammals, but the molecular basis for the exclusive specificity of centaurin-β2 for Rab35 has remained completely unknown. In this study, we performed deletion and mutation analyses and succeeded in identifying the residues of Rab35 and centaurin-β2 that are crucial for formation of a Rab35·centaurin-β2 complex. We found that two threonine residues (Thr-76 and Thr-81) in the switch II region of Rab35 are responsible for binding centaurin-β2 and that the same residues are dispensable for Rab35 recognition by other Rab35-binding proteins. We also determined the minimal Rab35-binding site of centaurin-β2 and identified two asparagine residues (Asn-610 and Asn-691) in the Rab35-binding site as key residues for its specific Rab35 recognition. We further showed by knockdown-rescue approaches that neither a centaurin-β2 binding-deficient Rab35(T76S/T81A) mutant nor a Rab35 binding-deficient centaurin-β2(N610A/N691A) mutant supported neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells, thereby demonstrating the functional significance of the Rab35/centaurin-β2 interaction during neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)9064-9074
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
    Volume290
    Issue number14
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 3

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology

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