A microscopy-based kinetic analysis of yeast vacuolar protein sorting

  1. Jason C Casler
  2. Benjamin S Glick  Is a corresponding author
  1. The University of Chicago, United States


Saccharomyces cerevisiae is amenable to studying membrane traffic by live-cell fluorescence microscopy. We used this system to explore two aspects of cargo protein traffic through prevacuolar endosome (PVE) compartments to the vacuole. First, at what point during Golgi maturation does a biosynthetic vacuolar cargo depart from the maturing cisternae? To address this question, we modified a regulatable fluorescent secretory cargo by adding a vacuolar targeting signal. Traffic of the vacuolar cargo requires the GGA clathrin adaptors, which arrive during the early-to-late Golgi transition. Accordingly, the vacuolar cargo begins to exit the Golgi near the midpoint of maturation, significantly before exit of a secretory cargo. Second, how are cargoes delivered from PVE compartments to the vacuole? To address this question, we tracked biosynthetic and endocytic cargoes after they had accumulated in PVE compartments. The results suggest that stable PVE compartments repeatedly deliver material to the vacuole by a kiss-and-run mechanism.

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  1. Jason C Casler

    Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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  2. Benjamin S Glick

    Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
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National Institutes of Health (R01 GM104010)

  • Benjamin S Glick

National Institutes of Health (T32 GM007183)

  • Jason C Casler

National Institutes of Health (P30 CA014599)

  • Benjamin S Glick

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

Publication history

  1. Received: March 11, 2020
  2. Accepted: June 23, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: June 25, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 6, 2020 (version 2)


© 2020, Casler & Glick

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  1. Jason C Casler
  2. Benjamin S Glick
A microscopy-based kinetic analysis of yeast vacuolar protein sorting
eLife 9:e56844.

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