Phosphoinositide specificity determines which cytohesins regulate β1 integrin recycling

Seung Ja Oh, Lorraine C. Santy

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Recycling of internalized integrins is a crucial step in adhesion remodeling and cell movement. Recently, we determined that the ADP- ribosylation factor-guanine nucleotide exchange factors (ARF-GEFs) cytohesin 2/ARNO and cytohesin 3/GRP1 have opposing effects on adhesion and stimulated β1 integrin recycling even though they are very closely related proteins (80% sequence identity). We have now determined the sequence differences underlying the differential actions of cytohesin 2/ARNO and cytohesin 3/GRP1. We found that the ability of cytohesins to promote β1 integrin recycling and adhesion depends upon the presence or absence of a key glycine residue in their pleckstrin homology (PH) domains. This glycine residue determines the phosphoinositide specificity and affinity of cytohesin PH domains. Switching the number of glycines in the PH domains of cytohesin 2 and cytohesin 3 is sufficient to reverse their effects on adhesion and spreading and to reverse their subcellular locations. Importantly, we also find that a mutant form of cytohesin 3/GRP1 that has three rather than two glycines in its PH domain rescues β1 integrin recycling in cytohesin 2/ARNO knockdown cells. Conversely, a mutant form of cytohesin 2/ARNO with two glycines in its PH domain fails to rescue β1 integrin recycling. Therefore, we conclude that phosphoinositide specificity is the sole functional difference that determines which cytohesin can promote integrin recycling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3195-3201
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cell Biology


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