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Key steps in unconventional secretion of fibroblast growth factor 2 reconstituted with purified components

  1. Julia P Steringer
  2. Sascha Lange
  3. Sabína Čujová
  4. Radek Šachl
  5. Chetan Poojari
  6. Fabio Lolicato
  7. Oliver Beutel
  8. Hans-Michael Müller
  9. Sebastian Unger
  10. Ünal Coskun
  11. Alf Honigmann
  12. Ilpo Vattulainen
  13. Martin Hof
  14. Christian Freund
  15. Walter Nickel  Is a corresponding author
  1. Heidelberg University, Germany
  2. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  3. Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Germany
  4. Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
  5. University of Helsinki, Finland
  6. Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany
  7. Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e28985 doi: 10.7554/eLife.28985

Abstract

FGF2 is secreted from cells by an unconventional secretory pathway. This process is mediated by direct translocation across the plasma membrane. Here, we define the minimal molecular machinery required for FGF2 membrane translocation in a fully reconstituted inside-out vesicle system. FGF2 membrane translocation is thermodynamically driven by PI(4,5)P2-induced membrane insertion of FGF2 oligomers. The latter serve as dynamic translocation intermediates of FGF2 with a subunit number in the range of 8-12 FGF2 molecules. Vectorial translocation of FGF2 across the membrane is governed by sequential and mutually exclusive interactions with PI(4,5)P2 and heparan sulfates on opposing sides of the membrane. Based on atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, we propose a mechanism that drives PI(4,5)P2 dependent oligomerization of FGF2. Our combined findings establish a novel type of self-sustained protein translocation across membranes revealing the molecular basis of the unconventional secretory pathway of FGF2.

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  1. Julia P Steringer

    Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
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  2. Sascha Lange

    Institut für Chemie und Biochemie, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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  3. Sabína Čujová

    Department of Molecular Biophysics, Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Berlin, Germany
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  4. Radek Šachl

    J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
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  5. Chetan Poojari

    Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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  6. Fabio Lolicato

    Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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  7. Oliver Beutel

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
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  8. Hans-Michael Müller

    Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
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  9. Sebastian Unger

    Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
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  10. Ünal Coskun

    Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden, Dresden, Germany
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  11. Alf Honigmann

    Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
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  12. Ilpo Vattulainen

    Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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  13. Martin Hof

    J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
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  14. Christian Freund

    Institut für Chemie und Biochemie, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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  15. Walter Nickel

    Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
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    walter.nickel@bzh.uni-heidelberg.de
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Funding

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB/TRR 83 SFB/TRR 186 SFB 854 SFB 958 DFG Ni 423/6-1)

  • Ünal Coskun
  • Martin Hof
  • Christian Freund

Czech Science Foundation (14-03141)

  • Martin Hof

European Research Council (Advanced Grant 290974 CROWDED-PRO-LIPIDS)

  • Ilpo Vattulainen

Academy of Finland (Center of Excellence projects 272130 and 307415)

  • Ilpo Vattulainen

Sigrid Juselius Foundation

  • Ilpo Vattulainen

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Christopher G Burd, Yale School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: May 25, 2017
  2. Accepted: July 14, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 19, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: July 27, 2017 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record published: September 15, 2017 (version 3)
  6. Version of Record updated: October 5, 2017 (version 4)

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© 2017, Steringer et al.

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