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Eur J Cell Biol. 1996 Aug;70(4):289-97.

The VPS8 gene is required for localization and trafficking of the CPY sorting receptor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene 97403-1229, USA.


To better understand the process of protein sorting to the yeast vacuole, the VPS8 gene was identified and characterized. VPS8 encodes a membrane-associated hydrophilic protein of 135 kDa (Vps8p), which is required for the accurate sorting of the vacuolar hydrolase, carboxypeptidase Y (CPY). vps8 mutant cells missort and secrete CPY as well as a second soluble vacuolar hydrolase, proteinase A. In vps8 mutants, several late-Golgi membrane proteins fail to be retained in the Golgi apparatus. The Golgi-localized CPY sorting receptor, Vps10p, is mislocalized to and aberrantly proteolyzed in the vacuole. Based on our findings, we propose that Vps8p is part of a protein complex that associates with Golgi and post-Golgi membranes and functions in the retrieval of Golgi membrane proteins from the prevacuolar compartment.

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