Secretion and assembly of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin regulates a number of normal cell and tissue functions and is dysregulated in disease states such as fibrosis, diabetes, and cancer. We found that mislocalized scaffolding by the plasma membrane Na-H exchanger NHE1 suppresses fibronectin expression, secretion, and assembly. In fibroblasts, wild-type NHE1 localizes to the distal margin of membrane protrusions or lamellipodia but a mutant NHE1-KRA2 lacking binding sites for PI(4,5)P2 and the ERM proteins ezrin, radixin, and moesin is mislocalized and found uniformly along the plasma membrane. Although NHE1 regulates intracellular pH homeostasis, fibronectin production is not regulated by changes in intracellular pH, nor is it attenuated in NHE1-deficient cells, indicating fibronectin expression is independent of NHE1 activity. However, fibronectin production is nearly absent in cells expressing NHE1-KRA2 because scaffolding by NHE1 is mislocalized. Additionally, secretion of active but not latent TGF-β is reduced and exogenous TGF-β restores fibronectin secretion and assembly. Our data indicate that scaffolding by NHE1-KRA2 dominantly suppresses fibronectin synthesis and TGF-β activation, and they suggest that NHE1-KRA2 can be used for obtaining a mechanistic understanding of how fibronectin production is regulated and speculatively for therapeutic control of dysregulated production in pathological conditions
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