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Phosphoinositides regulate clathrin-dependent endocytosis at the tip of pollen tubes in Arabidopsis and tobacco.

TitlePhosphoinositides regulate clathrin-dependent endocytosis at the tip of pollen tubes in Arabidopsis and tobacco.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsZhao Y, Yan A, Feijó JA, Furutani M, Takenawa T, Hwang I, Fu Y, Yang Z
JournalPlant Cell
Date Published2010 Dec
KeywordsArabidopsis, Arabidopsis Proteins, Clathrin, Endocytosis, Phosphatidylinositols, Pollen, RNA Interference, Tobacco

Using the tip-growing pollen tube of Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana tabacum as a model to investigate endocytosis mechanisms, we show that phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase 6 (PIP5K6) regulates clathrin-dependent endocytosis in pollen tubes. Green fluorescent protein-tagged PIP5K6 was preferentially localized to the subapical plasma membrane (PM) in pollen tubes where it apparently converts phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) to phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P(2)]. RNA interference-induced suppression of PIP5K6 expression impaired tip growth and inhibited clathrin-dependent endocytosis in pollen tubes. By contrast, PIP5K6 overexpression induced massive aggregation of the PM in pollen tube tips. This PM abnormality was apparently due to excessive clathrin-dependent membrane invagination because this defect was suppressed by the expression of a dominant-negative mutant of clathrin heavy chain. These results support a role for PI(4,5)P(2) in promoting early stages of clathrin-dependent endocytosis (i.e., membrane invagination). Interestingly, the PIP5K6 overexpression-induced PM abnormality was partially suppressed not only by the overexpression of PLC2, which breaks down PI(4,5)P(2), but also by that of PI4Kβ1, which increases the pool of PI4P. Based on these observations, we propose that a proper balance between PI4P and PI(4,5)P(2) is required for clathrin-dependent endocytosis in the tip of pollen tubes.

Alternate JournalPlant Cell
PubMed ID21189293
PubMed Central IDPMC3027160
Grant ListGM081451 / GM / NIGMS NIH HHS / United States

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