Regulation of P2Y1 receptor traffic by sorting nexin 1 is retromer independent

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The activity and traffic of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) is tightly controlled. Recent work from our laboratory has shown that P2Y1 and P2Y12 responsiveness is rapidly and reversibly modulated in human platelets and that the underlying mechanism requires receptor trafficking as an essential part of this process. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying P2Y receptor traffic. Sorting nexin 1 (SNX1) has been shown to regulate the endosomal sorting of cell surface receptors either to lysosomes where they are downregulated or back to the cell surface. These functions may in part be due to interactions of SNX1 with the mammalian retromer complex. In this study, we investigated the role of SNX1 in P2Y receptor trafficking. We show that P2Y1 receptors recycle via a slow recycling pathway that is regulated by SNX1, whereas P2Y12 receptors return to the cell surface via a rapid route that is SNX1 independent. SNX1 inhibition caused a dramatic increase in the rate of P2Y1 receptor recycling, whereas inhibition of Vps26 and Vps35 known to be present in retromer had no effect, indicating that SNX1 regulation of P2Y1 receptor recycling is retromer independent. In addition, inhibition of SNX4, 6 and 17 proteins did not affect P2Y1 receptor recycling. SNX1 has also been implicated in GPCR degradation; however, we provide evidence that P2Y receptor degradation is SNX1 independent. These data describe a novel function of SNX1 in the regulation of P2Y1 receptor recycling and suggest that SNX1 plays multiple roles in endocytic trafficking of GPCRs.
Translated title of the contributionRegulation of P2Y1 receptor traffic by sorting nexin 1 is retromer independent
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508 - 519
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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