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EMBO J. 2006 Oct 4;25(19):4423-35. Epub 2006 Sep 14.

A PACS-1, GGA3 and CK2 complex regulates CI-MPR trafficking.

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  • 1Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, 97239, USA.


The cation-independent mannose-6-phosphate receptor (CI-MPR) follows a highly regulated sorting itinerary to deliver hydrolases from the trans-Golgi network (TGN) to lysosomes. Cycling of CI-MPR between the TGN and early endosomes is mediated by GGA3, which directs TGN export, and PACS-1, which directs endosome-to-TGN retrieval. Despite executing opposing sorting steps, GGA3 and PACS-1 bind to an overlapping CI-MPR trafficking motif and their sorting activity is controlled by the CK2 phosphorylation of their respective autoregulatory domains. However, how CK2 coordinates these opposing roles is unknown. We report a CK2-activated phosphorylation cascade controlling PACS-1- and GGA3-mediated CI-MPR sorting. PACS-1 links GGA3 to CK2, forming a multimeric complex required for CI-MPR sorting. PACS-1-bound CK2 stimulates GGA3 phosphorylation, releasing GGA3 from CI-MPR and early endosomes. Bound CK2 also phosphorylates PACS-1Ser(278), promoting binding of PACS-1 to CI-MPR to retrieve the receptor to the TGN. Our results identify a CK2-controlled cascade regulating hydrolase trafficking and sorting of itinerant proteins in the TGN/endosomal system.

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