Granzyme B is recovered by natural killer cells via clathrin-dependent endocytosis

Department of Immunology, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430030, China.
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS (Impact Factor: 5.81). 05/2010; 67(18):3197-208. DOI: 10.1007/s00018-010-0377-8
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When they recognize a target cell, natural killer (NK) cells mount an attack to kill the target by exerting their cytotoxicity via the exocytosis of cytotoxic granules. Although the details of this process (which includes the movement of cytotoxic granules in the immune synapse and their fusion with the plasma membrane, releasing granzymes and perforin into the synaptic cleft) are relatively better understood, the post-exocytosis regulation of the process is still largely unknown. Here we show that a clathrin-dependent endocytosis stimulated by target cell occurs in NK92 cell line, which is closely correlated with granzyme B recovery. Inhibition of the endocytosis significantly attenuates the cytotoxicity of NK92 cells. The NK cell recovery of its released effector molecules, in turn, suggests that endocytosis may well play a key role in the post exocytosis regulation of immune cells.

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    • "Indeed, a bidirectional trafficking of lytic granule proteins exposed at the plasma membrane on degranulation has been demonstrated; both lysosome-associated membrane protein-1 (LAMP-1, also known as CD107a) (84) and Munc13-4 (83) undergo a rapid endocytosis, leading to the hypothesis that granule exocytosis is coordinated with the retrieval of cytolytic machinery components. Additionally, cytolytic mediators are also recaptured into early endosomes of NK cells via a clathrin-dependent route after target cell stimulation thus contributing to the cytolytic potential (85). "
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    • "In long-term cytotoxicity assays, increased loss of Pfn in NK cells resulted in impaired killing ability. In the process of reuse, the pathway of retrieved Pfn going to lytic granule could be similar to that of granzyme B recycling, from early endosome to LAMP (lysosome-associated membrane protein) 1 + granules (Li et al., 2010) that might take part in an unusual rapid and dramatic de novo formation of nascent secretory lysosomes from as yet unidentified compartments in NK cells after target-cell recognition (Liu et al., 2005). In this report, it was suggested that the nascent secretory lysosomes came from the cytoplasm instead of budding from the trans-Golgi network. "
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