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Cell Signal. 2013 Dec;25(12):2469-77. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2013.08.006. Epub 2013 Aug 30.

WNK4 inhibits plasma membrane targeting of NCC through regulation of syntaxin13 SNARE formation.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Brain Korea 21 Project for Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752, Republic of Korea.


WNK4, a serine/threonine kinase, plays a critical role in the expression of membrane proteins in the cell surface; however, the underlying mechanism of WNK4 is not clear. Here, we demonstrate that WNK4 inhibits the fusion of plasma membrane delivering vesicle with sorting/recycling endosome through disrupting SNARE formation of syntaxin13, an endosomal t-SNARE and VAMP2, the v-SNARE in plasma membrane delivering vesicle. Their interaction and co-localization were enhanced by hyperosmotic stimulation which is known for WNK4 activation. The kinase domain of WNK4 interacts with the transmembrane domain (TM) of syntaxin13 and this interaction was abolished when the TM was replaced with that of syntaxin16. Interestingly, cell fractionation using sucrose gradients revealed that WNK4 inhibited the formation of the syntaxin13/VAMP2 SNARE complex in the endosomal compartment, but not syntaxin16/VAMP2 or syntaxin13/VAMP7. Syntaxin13 was not phosphorylated by WNK4 and WNK4KI also showed the same binding strength and similar inhibitory regulation on SNARE formation of syntaxin13. Physiological relevance of this mechanism was proved with the expression of NCC (Na(+) C1(-) co-transporter) in the cell surface. The inhibiting activity of WNK4 on surface expression of NCC was abolished by syntaxin13 siRNA transfection. These results suggest that WNK4 attenuates PM targeting of NCC proteins through regulation of syntaxin13 SNARE complex formation with VAMP2 in recycling and sorting endosome.

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NCC; NCC (Na(+) Cl(−) co-transporter); Na(+)Cl(−)co-transporter; OSR; PHAII; Recycling/sorting endosome; SAPK; SNARE; SNARE complex; STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase; Syntaxin13; VAMP; VAMP2; WNK4; WNK4 kinase; oxidative stress responsive kinase; pseudohypoaldosteronism type II; soluble NSF attachment protein receptor; vesicle-associated membrane protein; with-no-lysine (K) kinase 4

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