Alterations in the proteome of the NHERF1 knockout mouse jejunal brush border membrane vesicles

M. Donowitz, S. Singh, P. Singh, F. F. Salahuddin, Y. Chen, M. Chakraborty, R. Murtazina, M. Gucek, R. N. Cole, N. C. Zachos, O. Kovbasnjuk, N. Broere, W. G. Smalley-Freed, A. B. Reynolds, A. L. Hubbard, U. Seidler, E. Weinman, H. R. De Jonge, B. M. Hogema, X. Li

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Na/H exchanger regulatory factor 1 (NHERF1) is a scaffold protein made up of two PDZ domains and an ERM binding domain. It is in the brush border of multiple epithelial cells where it modulates 1) Na absorption by regulating NHE3 complexes and cytoskeletal association, 2) Cl secretion through trafficking of CFTR, and 3) Na-coupled phosphate absorption through membrane retention of NaPi2a. To further understand the role of NHERF1 in regulation of small intestinal Na absorptive cell function, with emphasis on apical membrane transport regulation, quantitative proteomic analysis was performed on brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV) prepared from wild-type (WT) and homozygous NHERF1 knockout mouse jejunal villus Na absorptive cells. Jejunal architecture appeared normal in NHERF1 null; however, there was increased proliferative activity, as indicated by increased crypt BrdU staining. LC-MS/MS analysis using iTRAQ to compare WT and NHERF1 null BBMV identified 463 proteins present in both WT and NHERF1 null BBMV of simultaneously prepared and studied samples. Seventeen proteins had an altered amount of expression between WT and NHERF1 null in two or more separate preparations, and 149 total proteins were altered in at least one BBMV preparation. The classes of the majority of proteins altered included transport proteins, signaling and trafficking proteins, and proteins involved in proliferation and cell division. Affected proteins also included tight junction and adherens junction proteins, cytoskeletal proteins, as well as metabolic and BB digestive enzymes. Changes in abundance of several proteins were confirmed by immunoblotting [increased CEACAM1, decreased ezrin (p-ezrin), NHERF3, PLCβ3, E-cadherin, p120, β-catenin]. The changes in the jejunal BBMV proteome of NHERF1 null mice are consistent with a more complex role of NHERF1 than just forming signaling complexes and anchoring proteins to the apical membrane and include at least alterations in proteins involved in transport, signaling, and proliferation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-210
Number of pages11
JournalPhysiological Genomics
Volume42 A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • PDZ domains
  • Proliferation
  • Signal transduction
  • Small intestinal Na absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics


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