Rab6 Regulates Transport and Targeting of Exocytotic Carriers

Department of Cell Biology, Erasmus Medical Center, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Developmental Cell (Impact Factor: 9.71). 09/2007; 13(2):305-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2007.06.010
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Constitutive exocytosis delivers newly synthesized proteins, lipids, and other molecules from the Golgi apparatus to the cell surface. This process is mediated by vesicles, which bud off the trans-Golgi network, move along cytoskeletal filaments, and fuse with the plasma membrane. Here, we show that the small GTPase Rab6 marks exocytotic vesicles and, together with the microtubule plus-end-directed motor kinesin-1, stimulates their processive microtubule-based transport to the cell periphery. Furthermore, Rab6 directs targeting of secretory vesicles to plasma-membrane sites enriched in the cortical protein ELKS, a known Rab6 binding partner. Our data demonstrate that although Rab6 is not essential for secretion, it controls the organization of exocytosis within the cellular space.

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    • "Novel, genetically engineered sensors of protease activity may help us understand how different proteases cooperate in time to remodel the postsynaptic machinery (Stawarski et al., 2014). Another interesting issue is whether the LL5␤/ELKS complex that was recently shown to be associated with podosomes in different cell types, including cultured myotubes, could be involved in the regulation of exocytosis at synaptic podosomes, similar to its involvement in HeLa cells, and, if so, what cargo is transported in the LL5␤ exocytic pathway (Grigoriev et al., 2007; Hotta et al., 2010; Lansbergen et al., 2006; Proszynski and Sanes, 2013). Podosomeassociated proteases, adhesion molecules, and components of the ECM are all potential candidates. "

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    • "Although two individuals with mutations in CC1 displayed upper motor neuron features, upper motor neuron involvement appears to be more common in families with mutations in CC2. The mutations in CC2 are found in the region that can interact with kinesin 1 (Grigoriev et al., 2007) but outside the region that is sufficient to bind the dynein-dynactin complex (Splinter et al., 2012) (Fig. 1). It is therefore possible that altered interactions of BICD2 with kinesin 1 are associated with upper motor neuron defects. "
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    • "Both myosin motors and the actin cytoskeleton are key regulators of fission during vesicle formation (Miserey-Lenkei et al., 2010; Liu et al., 2013; Valente et al., 2010). Similarly, a kinesin-1 motor complex has been reported to be required for tubulation during vesicle formation in addition to its conventional role in vesicle transport (Grigoriev et al., 2007). It should be noted that JIP4, which is recruited to recycling endosomes by Rab36, functions as a scaffold protein for kinesin-1 (Montagnac et al., 2009). "
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