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Membrane Stress and the Role of GYF Domain Proteins
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Intracellular membrane trafficking is regulated by a large number of protein complexes and lipids. Blocking of trafficking disrupts normal membrane dynamics and causes membrane stress. Two similar proteins from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Myr1 and Smy2, each containing a polyproline-binding GYF domain, were discovered in separate screens for dosage suppressors of trafficking mutations. The functions of GYF domain proteins are poorly described despite its determined structure and a number of known polyproline peptide ligands. We predicted, using computational analysis, associations between mRNA decay factors and both Myr1 and Smy2, and further demonstrated that they localize to sites of mRNA degradation upon stress, in a GYF domain dependent manner.

Ypt6 is a small GTPase that regulates vesicle docking at the late Golgi in budding yeast. Myr1 was found as a novel suppressor during the screening of a genomic library in a null ypt6 mutant. Myr1 additionally was capable of rescuing the temperature sensitive growth of a Ric1 deficient strain. Importantly, Ric1 is an activator of Ypt6 and is synthetic lethal with Myr1. Biochemical characterization of the Myr1 protein revealed a limited solubility and an ability to bind cellular membranes, likely relevant to the rescue of trafficking mutants.

We further assayed the affinity of Myr1 domains to liposomes of distinct composition. Preference for negatively charged lipids suggested possible electrostatic interactions with polybasic clusters within C-terminal regions of Myr1. In contrast, the N-terminus with the GYF domain was found to be capable of self-association. Membrane stress caused by a lipid-bilayer perturbing drug resulted in induced formation of mRNA processing bodies. Cumulatively, these studies suggest that Myr1 functions in the regulation of mRNA stability via its GYF domain, and can sense membrane stress by binding to the lipid bilayer.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för biokemi och biofysik , 2008. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
SYH1, SMY2, YPT6, RIC1, MYR1, processing bodies, vesicular trafficking, lipid bilayer, budding yeast, GYF, membrane stress, mRNA decay
Keyword [la]
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research subject
Biochemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7764ISBN: 978-91-7155-683-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7764DiVA: diva2:199001
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2008-06-13, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 12 A, Stockholm, 14:00
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Available from: 2008-05-22 Created: 2008-05-22Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Binding specificities of the GYF domains from two Saccharomyces cerevisiae paralogs
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Binding specificities of the GYF domains from two Saccharomyces cerevisiae paralogs
2007 In: Protein Eng Des Sel, Vol. 20, no 9, 443-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25146 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7764Available from: 2008-05-22 Created: 2008-05-22Bibliographically approved
2. Characterization of MYR1, a dosage suppressor of YPT6 and RIC1 deficient mutants
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization of MYR1, a dosage suppressor of YPT6 and RIC1 deficient mutants
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2008 (English)In: Current Genetics, ISSN 0172-8083, Vol. 53, no 4, 235-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Membrane traffic is tightly regulated and the Rab protein family of small GTPases plays a central role in this regulation. One member of this family is the Saccharomyces cerevisae protein Ypt6. To search for new genes interacting with Ypt6-related pathways, we performed a genetic screen for high copy suppressors of ypt6Δ temperature sensitivity at 35°C. Among the suppressors, MYR1 was also able to suppress the temperature sensitive mutant lacking Ric1, a subunit of the Ypt6 guanine exchanging factor complex Ric1/Rgp1. Myr1 is characterized by a coiled coil region and a GYF domain, a protein module binding proline-rich sequences. Myr1 is able to bind membranes but is also associated with larger structures insoluble in Triton X-100. By immunofluorescence, Myr1 shows a network-like pattern as well as small foci. Overexpression of Myr1 influences nuclear envelope morphology and high levels are lethal. This lethality is rescued when the N-terminal region, containing the GYF domain, is deleted. The transcription profile of a myr1Δ strain shows effects on genes involved in nuclear migration, Ras signalling and transcription. Taken together, these results suggest that Myr1 is a novel factor linked to the secretory pathway and important cellular regulatory mechanisms.

Keyword
Ypt6, Ric1, GYF domain, Membrane traffic, Coiled coil, Yeast, Myr1
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25147 (URN)10.1007/s00294-008-0183-0 (DOI)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7764Available from: 2008-05-22 Created: 2008-05-22 Last updated: 2010-01-14Bibliographically approved
3. Lipid-specific interactions of Myr1 suggest a role in sensing membrane stress
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Lipid-specific interactions of Myr1 suggest a role in sensing membrane stress
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25148 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7764Available from: 2008-05-22 Created: 2008-05-22 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
4. Curvature-engineered Escherichia coli bilayers reveal critical lipid head-group size for membrane protein function in vivo.
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25149 (URN)
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Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7764Available from: 2008-05-22 Created: 2008-05-22 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved

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