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Regulation of tyrosinase trafficking and processing by presenilins: Partial loss of function by familial Alzheimer's disease mutation

Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.81). 02/2006; 103(2):353-8. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0509822102
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ABSTRACT Presenilins (PS) are required for gamma-secretase cleavage of multiple type I membrane proteins including the amyloid precursor protein and Notch and also have been implicated in regulating intracellular protein trafficking and turnover. Using genetic and pharmacological approaches, we reveal here a unique function of PS in the pigmentation of retinal pigment epithelium and epidermal melanocytes. PS deficiency leads to aberrant accumulation of tyrosinase (Tyr)-containing 50-nm post-Golgi vesicles that are normally destined to melanosomes. This trafficking is gamma-secretase-dependent, and abnormal localization of Tyr in the absence of PS is accompanied by the simultaneous accumulation of its C-terminal fragment. Furthermore, we show that the PS1M146V familial Alzheimer's disease mutation exhibits a partial loss-of-function in pigment synthesis. Our results identify Tyr and related proteins as physiological substrates of PS and link gamma-secretase activity with intracellular protein transport.

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