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J Immunol. 2008 Mar 15;180(6):3938-45.

Filamin A stabilizes Fc gamma RI surface expression and prevents its lysosomal routing.

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Immunotherapy Laboratory, Department of Immunology, University Medical Center, Ultrech, The Netherland.


Filamin A, or actin-binding protein 280, is a ubiquitously expressed cytosolic protein that interacts with intracellular domains of multiple receptors to control their subcellular distribution, and signaling capacity. In this study, we document interaction between FcgammaRI, a high-affinity IgG receptor, and filamin A by yeast two-hybrid techniques and coimmunoprecipitation. Both proteins colocalized at the plasma membrane in monocytes, but dissociated upon FcgammaRI triggering. The filamin-deficient cell line M2 and a filamin-reconstituted M2 subclone (A7), were used to further study FcgammaRI-filamin interactions. FcgammaRI transfection in A7 cells with filamin resulted in high plasma membrane expression levels. In filamin-deficient M2 cells and in filamin RNA-interference studies, FcgammaRI surface expression was consistently reduced. FcgammaRI localized to LAMP-1-positive vesicles in the absence of filamin as shown by confocal microscopy indicative for lysosomal localization. Mouse IgG2a capture experiments suggested a transient membrane expression of FcgammaRI before being transported to the lysosomes. These data support a pivotal role for filamin in FcgammaRI surface expression via retention of FcgammaRI from a default lysosomal pathway.

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