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Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Nov;33(21):4255-65. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00527-13. Epub 2013 Sep 3.

DHHC17 palmitoylates ClipR-59 and modulates ClipR-59 association with the plasma membrane.

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  • 1Molecular Oncology Research Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


ClipR-59 interacts with Akt and regulates Akt compartmentalization and Glut4 membrane trafficking in a plasma membrane association-dependent manner. The association of ClipR-59 with plasma membrane is mediated by ClipR-59 palmitoylation at Cys534 and Cys535. To understand the regulation of ClipR-59 palmitoylation, we have examined all known mammalian DHHC palmitoyltransferases with respect to their ability to promote ClipR-59 palmitoylation. We found that, among 23 mammalian DHHC palmitoyltransferases, DHHC17 is the major ClipR-59 palmitoyltransferase, as evidenced by the fact that DHHC17 interacted with ClipR-59 and palmitoylated ClipR-59 at Cys534 and Cys535. By palmitoylating ClipR-59, DHHC17 directly regulates ClipR-59 plasma membrane association, as ectopic expression of DHHC17 increased whereas silencing of DHHC17 reduced the levels of ClipR-59 associated with plasma membrane. We have also examined the role of DHHC17 in Akt signaling and found that silencing of DHHC17 in 3T3-L1 adipocytes decreased the levels of Akt as well as ClipR-59 on the plasma membrane and impaired insulin-dependent Glut4 membrane translocation. We suggest that DHHC17 is a ClipR-59 palmitoyltransferase that modulates ClipR-59 plasma membrane binding, thereby regulating Akt signaling and Glut4 membrane translocation in adipocytes.

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