PDZ domain-dependent regulation of NHE3 protein by both internal Class II and C-terminal Class i PDZ-binding motifs

Boyoung Cha, Jianbo Yang, Varsha Singh, Nicholas C. Zachos, Rafiquel I. Sarker, Tian E. Chen, Molee Chakraborty, Chung Ming Tse, Mark Donowitz

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NHE3 directly binds Na+/H+ exchanger regulatory factor (NHERF) family scaffolding proteins that are required for many aspects of NHE3 regulation. The NHERFs bind both to an internal region (amino acids 586-660) of the NHE3 C terminus and to theNHE3C-terminal four amino acids. The internal NHERFbinding region contains both putative Class I (-592SAV-) and Class II (-595CLDM-) PDZ-binding motifs (PBMs). Point mutagenesis showed that only the Class II motif contributes to NHERF binding. In this study, the roles in regulation of NHE3 activity of these two PBMs were investigated, revealing the following findings. 1) Interaction occurred between these binding sites because mutation of either removed nearly all NHERF binding. 2) Mutations in either significantly reduced basal NHE3 activity. Total and percent plasma membrane (PM) NHE3 protein expression was reduced in the C-terminal but not in the internal PBD mutation. 3) cGMP- and Ca2+-mediated inhibition of NHE3 was impaired in both the internal and the C-terminalPBMmutations. 4) There was a significant reduction in half-life of the PM pool of NHE3 in only the internal PBM mutation but no change in total NHE3 half-life in either. 5) There were some differences in NHE3-associating proteins in the two PBM mutations. In conclusion, NHE3 binds to NHERF proteins via both an internal Class II PBM and C-terminal Class I PBM, which interact. The former determinesNHE3stability in the PM, and the latter determines total expression and percent PM expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8279-8290
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 19 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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