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FASEB J. 2010 Apr;24(4):1271-83. doi: 10.1096/fj.09-136044. Epub 2009 Dec 9.

14-3-3zeta escorts CCTalpha for calcium-activated nuclear import in lung epithelia.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.


Integrity of animal biomembranes is critical to preserve normal cellular functions and viability. Phosphatidylcholine, an indispensible membrane component, requires the enzyme CCTalpha for its biosynthesis. Nuclear expression of CCTalpha is needed for expansion of the nuclear membrane network, but mechanisms for CCTalpha nuclear import are unknown. Herein, we show that in epithelia, extracellular Ca(2+) triggers CCTalpha cytoplasmic-nuclear translocation. CCTalpha nuclear import was associated with binding to 14-3-3zeta, a key regulator of protein trafficking. 14-3-3zeta was both sufficient and required for CCTalpha nuclear import. Helix G within the 14-3-3zeta binding groove interacts with a putative molecular signature within the CCTalpha carboxyl-terminal phosphoserine motif (residues 328-343). 14-3-3zeta was critically involved in preserving phosphatidylcholine synthesis and cell viability in a model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection where Ca(2+) concentrations increase within epithelia. Thus, 14-3-3zeta controls CCTalpha nuclear import in response to calcium signals, thereby regulating mammalian phospholipid synthesis. Agassandian, M., Chen, B. B., Schuster, C. C., Houtman, J. C. D., Mallampalli, R. K. 14-3-3zeta escorts CCTalpha for calcium-activated nuclear import in lung epithelia.

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