Retromer has a selective function in cargo sorting via endosome transport carriers

Yi Cui, Julian M. Carosi, Zhe Yang, Nicholas Ariotti, Markus C. Kerr, Robert G. Parton, Timothy J. Sargeant, Rohan D. Teasdale

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Retromer is a peripheral membrane protein complex that coordinates multiple vesicular trafcking events within the endolysosomal system. Here, we demonstrate that retromer is required for the maintenance of normal lysosomal morphology and function. Te knockout of retromer subunit Vps35 causes an ultrastructural alteration in lysosomal structure and aberrant lysosome function, leading to impaired autophagy. At the whole-cell level, knockout of retromer Vps35 subunit reduces lysosomal proteolytic capacity as a consequence of the improper processing of lysosomal hydrolases, which is dependent on the trafcking of the cation-independent mannose 6-phosphate receptor (CI-M6PR). Incorporation of CI-M6PR into endosome transport carriers via a retromer-dependent process is restricted to those tethered by GCC88 but not golgin-97 or golgin-245. Finally, we show that this retromer-dependent retrograde cargo trafcking pathway requires SNX3, but not other retromer-associated cargo binding proteins, such as SNX27 or SNX-BAR proteins. Terefore, retromer does contribute to the retrograde trafcking of CI-M6PR required for maturation of lysosomal hydrolases and lysosomal function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-631
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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  • Cell Biology

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