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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Oct 16;388(2):290-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.07.158. Epub 2009 Aug 5.

Identification of NPC2 protein as interaction molecule with C2 domain of human Nedd4L.

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  • 1Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Medical Science and Cardio-renal Medicine, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa-ken 236-0004, Japan.


Epithelial sodium channels (ENaC) located along the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron (ASDN) play a pivotal role in the homeostasis of sodium balance. Among various modulating proteins, E3 ubiquitin ligase, Nedd4L, binds the PY motif of ENaC COOH terminals and catalyzes ubiquitination of the NH(2) terminal of the protein for subsequent degradation. One of the isoforms of human Nedd4L with evolutionarily new C2 domain was reported to play a significant role for degradating cell surface ENaC with interfering with wild isoforms by us previously. We focused the current analyses on isolating the binding molecules with C2 domain using yeast two-hybrid screening to elucidate further molecular interactions between ENaC and Nedd4L. We found NPC2, also known as HE-1, bind C2 domain of human Nedd4L and express along ASDN colocalized with Nedd4L. Additionally, in experiments using a model of salt-sensitive hypertension in Dahl rats, we provided evidence suggesting that transcriptional regulation and activation of NPC2 protein depends on sodium intake. NPC2 might regulate sodium reabsorption in the terminal nephron by interacting with ENaC-Nedd4L system.

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