Dynamic regulation of mammalian numb by G protein-coupled receptors and protein kinase C activation: Structural determinants of numb association with the cortical membrane

Sascha E. Dho, Jo Ann Trejo, David P. Siderovski, C. Jane McGlade

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

42 Scopus citations

Abstract

The cell fate determinant Numb is a membrane-associated adaptor protein involved in both development and intracellular vesicular trafficking. It has a phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domain and COOH-terminal endocytic-binding motifs for α-adaptin and Eps15 homology domain-containing proteins. Four isoforms of Numb are expressed in vertebrates, two of which selectively associate with the cortical membrane. In this study, we have characterized a cortical pool of Numb that colocalizes with AP2 and Eps15 at substratum plasma membrane punctae and cortical membrane-associated vesicles. Green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged mutants of Numb were used to identify the structural determinants required for localization. In addition to the previously described association of the PTB domain with the plasma membrane, we show that the API-binding motifs facilitate the association of Numb with cortical membrane punctae and vesicles. We also show that agonist stimulation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that are linked to phospholipase Cβ and protein kinase C (PKC) activation causes redistribution of Numb from the cortical membrane to the cytosol. This effect is correlated with Numb phosphorylation and an increase in its Triton X-100 solubility. Live-imaging analysis of mutants identified two regions within Numb that are independently responsive to GPCR-mediated lipid hydrolysis and PKC activation: the PTB domain and a region encompassing at least three putative PKC phosphorylation sites. Our data indicate that membrane localization of Numb is dynamically regulated by GPCR-activated phospholipid hydrolysis and PKC-dependent phosphorylation events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4142-4155
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Volume17
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Dynamic regulation of mammalian numb by G protein-coupled receptors and protein kinase C activation: Structural determinants of numb association with the cortical membrane'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this