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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 23;110(17):6859-64. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1219871110. Epub 2013 Apr 8.

Newly characterized Golgi-localized family of proteins is involved in calcium and pH homeostasis in yeast and human cells.

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Institut des Sciences de la Vie, Université Catholique de Louvain, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.


Defects in the human protein TMEM165 are known to cause a subtype of Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation. Transmembrane protein 165 (TMEM165) belongs to an uncharacterized family of membrane proteins called Uncharacterized Protein Family 0016, which are well conserved throughout evolution and share characteristics reminiscent of the cation/Ca(2+) exchanger superfamily. Gcr1 dependent translation factor 1 (Gdt1p), the budding yeast member of this family, contributes to Ca(2+) homeostasis via an uncharacterized Ca(2+) transport pathway localized in the Golgi apparatus. The gdt1Δ mutant was found to be sensitive to high concentrations of Ca(2+), and interestingly, this sensitivity was suppressed by expression of TMEM165, the human ortholog of Gdt1p, indicating conservation of function among the members of this family. Patch-clamp analyses on human cells indicated that TMEM165 expression is linked to Ca(2+) ion transport. Furthermore, defects in TMEM165 affected both Ca(2+) and pH homeostasis. Based on these results, we propose that Gdt1p and TMEM165 could be members of a unique family of Golgi-localized Ca(2+)/H(+) antiporters and that modification of the Golgi Ca(2+) and pH balance could explain the glycosylation defects observed in TMEM165-deficient patients.

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