The Connecdenn Family, Rab35 Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors Interfacing with the Clathrin Machinery

Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4, Canada.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 02/2010; 285(14):10627-37. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M109.050930
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Rabs constitute the largest family of monomeric GTPases, yet for the majority of Rabs relatively little is known about their activation and recruitment to vesicle-trafficking pathways. We recently identified connecdenn (DENND1A), which contains an N-terminal DENN (differentially expressed in neoplastic versus normal cells) domain, a common and evolutionarily ancient protein module. Through its DENN domain, connecdenn functions enzymatically as a guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for Rab35. Here we identify two additional connecdenn family members and demonstrate that all connecdenns function as Rab35 GEFs, albeit with different levels of activity. The DENN domain of connecdenn 1 and 2 binds Rab35, whereas connecdenn 3 does not, indicating that Rab35 binding and activation are separable functions. Through their highly divergent C termini, each of the connecdenns binds to clathrin and to the clathrin adaptor AP-2. Interestingly, all three connecdenns use different mechanisms to bind AP-2. Characterization of connecdenn 2 reveals binding to the beta2-ear of AP-2 on a site that overlaps with that used by the autosomal recessive hypercholesterolemia protein and betaarrestin, although the sequence used by connecdenn 2 is unique. Loss of connecdenn 2 function through small interference RNA knockdown results in an enlargement of early endosomes, similar to what is observed upon loss of Rab35 activity. Our studies reveal connecdenn DENN domains as generalized GEFs for Rab35 and identify a new AP-2-binding motif, demonstrating a complex link between the clathrin machinery and Rab35 activation.

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    • "A recent GWAS conducted in Han Chinese women identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at LHCGR, THADA, and DENND1A genes to be strongly associated with PCOS (Chen et al., 2011; Cui et al., 2013). DENND1A encodes the protein DENN/MADD, a member of the connecdenn family which functions as a component of clathrinmediated endocytosis machinery (Marat and McPherson, 2010), and Rab35 activated endocytotic trafficking, whereby it controls recycling of endosomal cargo (Marat and McPherson, 2010; Allaire et al., 2010). "
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    • "rs2479106 is located in an intron of the gene DENND1A and encodes the protein DENND1A. This protein contains a conserved protein domain DENN, which is implicated in clathrin-mediated endocytosis [17] [18]. A recent study investigated the impact of rs13405728, rs13429458 and rs2479106 variants on PCOS susceptibility in Austrian, Caucasian PCOS patients diagnosed according to the Rotterdam criteria [19]. "
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    • "The SCD1 protein contains a DENN domain (Falbel et al., 2003), which has been shown biochemically to have specific Rab GEF activity in all 17 members of the human DENN domain protein family (Yoshimura et al., 2010; Marat et al., 2011), defining the DENN domain as protein motif characteristic of vesicle trafficking regulators . The DENN domain–containing Rab GEFs connecdenn 1, 2, and 3 have also been shown to bind clathrin and the clathrin adaptor AP2 (Marat and McPherson, 2010), and connecdenn 3 has recently been shown to bind actin (Marat et al., 2012), linking activation of Rab35 with clathrin and cytoskeletal dynamics. Rab35 mediates late secretory pathway vesicle trafficking (i.e., PM to endosome and vice versa) (Patino-Lopez et al., 2008; Sato et al., 2008) and is necessary for the late stages of animal cytokinesis, which involves both anterograde and retrograde vesicle trafficking (Kouranti et al., 2006) reminiscent of the vesicular trafficking required for CP assembly in plant cells. "
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