Section 12
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Sarco/endoplasmic-reticulum calcium ATPase SERCA1 is maintained in the endoplasmic reticulum by a retrieval signal located between residues 1 and 211

Newton, T.; Black, J.P.J.; Butler, J.; Lee, A.G.; Chad, J.; East, J.M.

Biochemical Journal 371(Part 3): 775-782


ISSN/ISBN: 0264-6021
PMID: 12585965
DOI: 10.1042/bj20021477
Accession: 011324259

The location of sarco/endoplasmic-reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA) retention/retrieval motifs in the sequence of the SERCA1 has been investigated by examining the subcellular location in COS-7 cells of enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein-tagged calcium-pump chimaeras. These chimaeras have been constructed from the fast-twitch SERCA1 and the plasma-membrane calcium ATPase PMCA3. The N-terminal, central and C-terminal segments of these calcium pumps were exchanged between SERCA1 and PMCA3. The segments exchanged correspond to residues 1-211, 212-711 and 712-994 of SERCA1, and residues 1-264, 265-788 and 789-1159 of PMCA3 respectively. Only chimaeras containing the N-terminal segment of SERCA1 were located in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), whereas chimaeras containing the N-terminal segment from PMCA3 were able to escape from the ER and enter the endomembrane pathway en route for the plasma membrane. Co-localization of SERCA1 in COS-7 cells with the ER/Golgi-intermediate compartment marker ERGIC53 indicates that SERCA1 is maintained in the ER by a process of retrieval. These results indicate that the N-terminal region of SERCA1, containing transmembrane helices M1 and M2, contains an ER-retrieval signal.

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