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Publication : Rab6 regulation of rhodopsin transport in Drosophila.

First Author  Shetty K M Year  1998
Journal  J Biol Chem Volume  273
Pages  20425-30 PubMed ID  9685396
Abstract Text  Rab6 is a GTP binding protein that regulates vesicular trafficking within the Golgi and post-Golgi compartments. We overexpressed wild-type, a GTPase defective (Q71L), and a guanine nucleotide binding defective (N125I) Rab6 protein in Drosophila photoreceptors to assess the in vivo role of Rab6 in the trafficking of rhodopsin and other proteins. Expression of Drab6(Q71L) greatly reduced the steady state levels of two rhodopsins, Rh1 and Rh3, whereas Drab6(wt) and Drab6(N125I) showed weaker effects. Analysis of a strain carrying Rh1 rhodopsin under a heat shock promoter showed that Drab6(Q71L), but not Drab6(wt) or Drab6(N125I), prevents the maturation of rhodopsin beyond an immature 40 kDa form. Drab6(Q71L) is a GTPase defective mutant, indicating that anterograde transport of rhodopsin requires Rab6 GTPase function. The three Drab6 strains had no effect on the expression of several other photoreceptor proteins. The Drab6(Q71L) photoreceptors show marked histological defects at young ages and degenerate over a two week time span. These results establish that rhodopsin is transported via a Rab6 regulated pathway and that defects in trafficking pathways lead to retinal degeneration. Doi  10.1074/jbc.273.32.20425
Issue  32 Month  Aug

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