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Activation of phospholipase D by the small GTPase Sar1p is required to support COPII assembly and ER export

By Purnima Pathre, Kuntala Shome, Anna Blumental-Perry, Anna Bielli, Charles J. Haney, Sean Alber, Simon C. Watkins, Guillermo Romero and Meir Aridor


The small GTPase Sar1p controls the assembly of the cytosolic COPII coat that mediates export from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Here we demonstrate that phospholipase D (PLD) activation is required to support COPII-mediated ER export. PLD activity by itself does not lead to the recruitment of COPII to the membranes or ER export. However, PLD activity is required to support Sar1p-dependent membrane tubulation, the subsequent Sar1p-dependent recruitment of Sec23/24 and Sec13/31 COPII complexes to ER export sites and ER export. Sar1p recruitment to the membrane is PLD independent, yet activation of Sar1p is required to stimulate PLD activity on ER membranes, thus PLD is temporally regulated to support ER export. Regulated modification of membrane lipid composition is required to support the cooperative interactions that enable selective transport, as we demonstrate here for the mammalian COPII coat

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1093/emboj
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:175780
Provided by: PubMed Central
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