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pH-Dependent Assembly and Segregation of the Coiled-Coil Segments of Yeast Putative Cargo Receptors Emp46p and Emp47p

posted on 08.10.2015 by Kentaro Ishii, Hiroki Enda, Masanori Noda, Megumi Kajino, Akemi Kim, Eiji Kurimoto, Ken Sato, Akihiko Nakano, Yuji Kobayashi, Hirokazu Yagi, Susumu Uchiyama, Koichi Kato

Emp46p and Emp47p are yeast putative cargo receptors that recycle between the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. These receptors can form complexes in a pH-dependent manner, but their molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we successfully reproduced their interactions in vitro solely with their coiled-coil segments, which form stable heterotetramers in the neutral condition but segregate at lower pH. Mutational data identified a key glutamate residue of Emp46p that serves as the pH-sensing switch of their oligomer formation. Our findings elucidate the mechanisms of the dynamic cargo receptor interactions in the secretory pathway and the design framework of the environment-responsive molecular assembly and disassembly systems.