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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2007 Aug 10;359(4):848-53. Epub 2007 May 30.

Sorting nexin 27 interacts with the Cytohesin associated scaffolding protein (CASP) in lymphocytes.

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Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4J1.


CASP is a small cytokine-inducible protein, primarily expressed in hematopoetic cells, which associates with members of the Cytohesin/ARNO family of guanine nucleotide-exchange factors. Cytohesins activate ARFs, a group of GTPases involved in vesicular initiation. Functionally, CASP is an adaptor protein containing a PDZ domain, a coiled-coil, and a potential carboxy terminal PDZ-binding motif that we sought to characterize here. Using GST pulldowns and mass spectrometry we identified the novel interaction of CASP and sorting nexin 27 (SNX27). In lymphocytes, CASP's PDZ-binding motif interacts with the PDZ domain of SNX27. This protein is a unique member of the sorting nexin family of proteins, a group generally involved in the endocytic and intracellular sorting machinery. Endogenous SNX27 and CASP co-localize at the early endosomal compartment in lymphocytes and also in transfection studies. These results suggest that endosomal SNX27 may recruit CASP to orchestrate intracellular trafficking and/or signaling complexes.

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