Reversible phosphorylation has long been an attractive mechanism to control cycles of coat assembly and disassembly during clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Many of the coat proteins are phosphorylated in vivo and in vitro. Our work has focused on the role of phosphorylation of the $#x03BC;2 subunit of AP-2 (adaptor protein 2), which appears to be necessary for efficient cargo recruitment. Studies to probe the regulation of $#x03BC;2 phosphorylation demonstrated that clathrin is a specific activator of the $#x03BC;2 kinase, and, in permeabilized cells, cargo sequestration, driven by exogenously added clathrin, results in elevated levels of $#x03BC;2 phosphorylation. Furthermore, phosphorylated $#x03BC;2 is mainly associated with assembled clathrin in vivo and its steady-state level is strongly reduced in cells depleted of clathrin heavy chain. Our results imply a central role for clathrin in the regulation of cargo selection via modulation of phospho-$#x03BC;2 levels. This is therefore a novel regulatory role for clathrin that is independent of its structural role and that provides elegant spatial control of AP-2 and cargo interactions, ensuring that AP-2 is only activated at the correct cellular location and in the correct functional context. Ongoing studies are exploring further the roles of reversible phosphorylation in the coated vesicle cycle.
Regulation of the clathrin-coated vesicle cycle by reversible phosphorylation.
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Jeff McIlhinney, Nigel Hooper, Alexander Flett, Sophia Semerdjieva, Antony P. Jackson, Elizabeth Smythe; Regulation of the clathrin-coated vesicle cycle by reversible phosphorylation.. Biochem Soc Symp 1 January 2005; 72 65–70. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/bss0720065
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