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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Jun 16;344(4):1186-91. Epub 2006 Apr 19.

The Arf-family protein, Arl8b, is involved in the spatial distribution of lysosomes.

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Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada M5G1X8.


Lysosomes are late-endocytic organelles which primarily contribute to degradation and recycling of cellular material. From a previous proteomics study of purified rat liver lysosomal membranes we identified a protein from the Arf-family of small GTPases, Arl8b. Although proteins of the Arf-family have roles in a wide range of cellular functions, most notably roles in protein/vesicular trafficking, Arl8b represents the first from this protein family to be associated with a late-endocytic organelle. We demonstrate the co-localization of this protein with various lysosomal markers in different cell lines by confocal-immunofluorescence microscopy. We also show that GTP-restricted mutant Arl8b localizes to lysosomes and causes their redistribution to the periphery of the cell and into membrane projections. This indicates that Arl8b is involved in trafficking processes for lysosomes.

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