Recycling of IRAP from the plasma membrane back to the insulin-responsive compartment requires the Q-SNARE syntaxin 6 but not the GGA clathrin adaptors

Robert T. Watson, Jeffrey E. Pessin

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Insulin recruits two transmembrane proteins, GLUT4 and IRAP, to the plasma membrane of muscle tells and adipocytes. The subcellular trafficking and localization of GLUT4, and to a lesser extent IRAP, have been intensely studied, yet the molecular mechanisms responsible for their insulin-responsive compartmentalization remain unknown. Herein we have investigated the endocytosis and recycling of IRAP from the cell surface back to the insulin-responsive compartment (IRC). Our results show that a key dileucine motif at position 76,77 (LL76,77), although required for the initial biosynthetic entry of IRAP into the IRC, is dispensable for entry into the IRC via the endosomal system. Indeed, we found that an AA76,77 mutant of IRAP is fully capable of undergoing endocytosis and is correctly routed back to the IRC. To verify that the AA76,77 mutant enters the bona fide IRC, we show that the internalized IRAP-AA76,77 construct is sequestered in an IRC that is insensitive to brefeldin A yet sensitive to a dominant-interfering mutant of AS160 (AS160-4P). In addition, we show that the GGA clathrin adaptors are not required for the re-entry of IRAP from the cell surface back into the IRC, whereas the Q-SNARE syntaxin 6 is required for this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1251
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of cell science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • AS160
  • GGA
  • GLUT4
  • IRAP
  • Insulin
  • Syntaxin 6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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