Eps15 is recruited to the plasma membrane upon epidermal growth factor receptor activation and localizes to components of the endocytic pathway during receptor internalization

Maria Rosaria Torrisi, Lavinia Vittoria Lotti, Francesca Belleudi, Roberte Gradini, Anna Elisabetta Salcini, Stefano Confalonieri, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Pier Paolo Di Fiore

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Abstract

Eps15 is a substrate for the tyrosine kinase of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and is characterized by the presence of a novel protein:protein interaction domain, the EH domain. Eps15 also stably binds the clathrin adaptor protein complex AP-2. Previous work demonstrated an essential role for eps15 in receptor-mediated endocytosis. In this study we show that, upon activation of the EGFR kinase, eps15 undergoes dramatic relocalization consisting of 1) initial relocalization to the plasma membrane and 2) subsequent colocalization with the EGFR in various intracellular compartments of the endocytic pathway, with the notable exclusion of coated vesicles. Relocalization of eps15 is independent of its binding to the EGFR or of binding of the receptor to AP-2. Furthermore, eps15 appears to undergo tyrosine phosphorylation both at the plasma membrane and in a nocodazole- sensitive compartment, suggesting sustained phosphorylation in endocytic compartments. Our results are consistent with a model in which eps15 undergoes cycles of association:dissociation with membranes and suggest multiple roles for this protein in the endocytic pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-434
Number of pages18
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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