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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Jan 30;379(1):60-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.12.014. Epub 2008 Dec 13.

Involvement of NHERF1 in apical membrane localization of MRP4 in polarized kidney cells.

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Division of Cancer Biology & Genetics, Cancer Research Institute, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada.


Multidrug resistance protein 4 (MRP4/ABCC4), a member of the ATP-binding cassette protein superfamily, confers resistance to nucleoside and nucleotide analogs as well as camptothecin derivatives. MRP4 also mediates the efflux of certain cyclic nucleotides, eicosanoids, conjugated steroids, and uric acid. Depending on the cell type, MRP4 may localize to either apical or basolateral membranes in polarized cells. The adaptor protein NHERF1 has previously been implicated in MRP4 internalization in non-polarized cells. We have now found that NHERF1 levels are very low in polarized MDCKI cells which express MRP4 on basolateral membranes relative to polarized LLC-PK1 cells which express MRP4 on apical membranes. Furthermore, ectopic expression of FLAG-tagged NHERF1 in MDCKI cells and in MDCKI cells stably expressing eGFP-tagged MRP4 causes endogenous MRP4 and eGFP-MRP4, respectively, to traffic to the apical membranes. These data establish NHERF1 as a major determinant of MRP4 trafficking to apical membranes of mammalian kidney cells.

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