Mécanismes moléculaires du transport intracellulaire

Publications de l’équipe

Année de publication : 2018

Guillaume Kulakowski, Hugo Bousquet Jean‐Baptiste Manneville, Patricia Bassereau, Bruno Goud, Lena K. Oesterlin (2018 Apr 6)

Lipid packing defects and membrane charge control RAB GTPase recruitment.

Traffic : 19 : 536-545 : DOI : 10.1111/tra.12568 En savoir plus

Specific intracellular localization of RAB GTPases has been reported to be dependent on protein factors, but the contribution of the membrane physicochemical properties to this process has been poorly described. Here, we show that three RAB proteins (RAB1/RAB5/RAB6) preferentially bind in vitro to disordered and curved membranes, and that this feature is uniquely dependent on their prenyl group. Our results imply that the addition of a prenyl group confers to RAB proteins, and most probably also to other prenylated proteins, the ability to sense lipid packing defects induced by unsaturated conical-shaped lipids and curvature. Consistently, RAB recruitment increases with the amount of lipid packing defects, further indicating that these defects drive RAB membrane targeting. Membrane binding of RAB35 is also modulated by lipid packing defects but primarily dependent on negatively charged lipids. Our results suggest that a balance between hydrophobic insertion of the prenyl group into lipid packing defects and electrostatic interactions of the RAB C-terminal region with charged membranes tunes the specific intracellular localization of RAB proteins.


Année de publication : 2017

Sara Bizzotto, Ana Uzquiano, Florent Dingli, Dmitry Ershov, Anne Houllier, Guillaume Arras, Mark Richards, Damarys Loew, Nicolas Minc, Alexandre Croquelois, Anne Houdusse, Fiona Francis (2017 Dec 13)

Eml1 loss impairs apical progenitor spindle length and soma shape in the developing cerebral cortex.

Scientific reports : 17308 : DOI : 10.1038/s41598-017-15253-4 En savoir plus

The ventricular zone (VZ) of the developing cerebral cortex is a pseudostratified epithelium that contains progenitors undergoing precisely regulated divisions at its most apical side, the ventricular lining (VL). Mitotic perturbations can contribute to pathological mechanisms leading to cortical malformations. The HeCo mutant mouse exhibits subcortical band heterotopia (SBH), likely to be initiated by progenitor delamination from the VZ early during corticogenesis. The causes for this are however, currently unknown. Eml1, a microtubule (MT)-associated protein of the EMAP family, is impaired in these mice. We first show that MT dynamics are perturbed in mutant progenitor cells in vitro. These may influence interphase and mitotic MT mechanisms and indeed, centrosome and primary cilia were altered and spindles were found to be abnormally long in HeCo progenitors. Consistently, MT and spindle length regulators were identified in EML1 pulldowns from embryonic brain extracts. Finally, we found that mitotic cell shape is also abnormal in the mutant VZ. These previously unidentified VZ characteristics suggest altered cell constraints which may contribute to cell delamination.

Stéphanie Miserey-Lenkei, Hugo Bousquet, Olena Pylypenko, Sabine Bardin, Ariane Dimitrov, Gaëlle Bressanelli, Raja Bonifay, Vincent Fraisier, Catherine Guillou, Cécile Bougeret, Anne Houdusse, Arnaud Echard, Bruno Goud (2017 Nov 3)

Coupling fission and exit of RAB6 vesicles at Golgi hotspots through kinesin-myosin interactions.

Nature communications : 1254 : DOI : 10.1038/s41467-017-01266-0 En savoir plus

The actin and microtubule cytoskeletons play important roles in Golgi structure and function, but how they are connected remain poorly known. In this study, we investigated whether RAB6 GTPase, a Golgi-associated RAB involved in the regulation of several transport steps at the Golgi level, and two of its effectors, Myosin IIA and KIF20A participate in the coupling between actin and microtubule cytoskeleton. We have previously shown that RAB6-Myosin IIA interaction is critical for the fission of RAB6-positive transport carriers from Golgi/TGN membranes. Here we show that KIF20A is also involved in the fission process and serves to anchor RAB6 on Golgi/TGN membranes near microtubule nucleating sites. We provide evidence that the fission events occur at a limited number of hotspots sites. Our results suggest that coupling between actin and microtubule cytoskeletons driven by Myosin II and KIF20A ensures the spatial coordination between RAB6-positive vesicles fission from Golgi/TGN membranes and their exit along microtubules.

Charlotte Alibert, Bruno Goud, Jean-Baptiste Manneville (2017 Mar 1)

Are cancer cells really softer than normal cells?

Biology of the cell : DOI : 10.1111/boc.201600078 En savoir plus

Solid tumors are often first diagnosed by palpation, suggesting that the tumor is more rigid than its surrounding environment. Paradoxically, individual cancer cells appear to be softer than their healthy counterparts. In this review, we first list the physiological reasons indicating that cancer cells may be more deformable than normal cells. Next, we describe the biophysical tools that have been developed in recent years to characterize and model cancer cell mechanics. By reviewing the experimental studies that compared the mechanics of individual normal and cancer cells, we argue that cancer cells can indeed be considered as softer than normal cells. We then focus on the intracellular elements that could be responsible for the softening of cancer cells. Finally, we ask whether the mechanical differences between normal and cancer cells can be used as diagnostic or prognostic markers of cancer progression. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.