Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Development. 2013 Jan 15;140(2):385-94. doi: 10.1242/dev.083683.

GPI biosynthesis is essential for rhodopsin sorting at the trans-Golgi network in Drosophila photoreceptors.

Author information

Division of Life Science, Graduate School of Integral Arts and Science, Hiroshima University, 1-7-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-hiroshima 739-8521, Japan.


Sorting of integral membrane proteins plays crucial roles in establishing and maintaining the polarized structures of epithelial cells and neurons. However, little is known about the sorting mechanisms of newly synthesized membrane proteins at the trans-Golgi network (TGN). To identify which genes are essential for these sorting mechanisms, we screened mutants in which the transport of Rhodopsin 1 (Rh1), an apical integral membrane protein in Drosophila photoreceptors, was affected. We found that deficiencies in glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) synthesis and attachment processes cause loss of the apical transport of Rh1 from the TGN and mis-sorting to the endolysosomal system. Moreover, Na(+)K(+)-ATPase, a basolateral membrane protein, and Crumbs (Crb), a stalk membrane protein, were mistransported to the apical rhabdomeric microvilli in GPI-deficient photoreceptors. These results indicate that polarized sorting of integral membrane proteins at the TGN requires the synthesis and anchoring of GPI-anchored proteins. Little is known about the cellular biological consequences of GPI deficiency in animals in vivo. Our results provide new insights into the importance of GPI synthesis and aid the understanding of pathologies involving GPI deficiency.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Support Center