Endosomal sorting of notch receptors through COM MD9-dependent pathways modulates notch signaling

Haiying Li, Yeon Koo, Xicheng Mao, Luis Sifuentes-Dominguez, Lindsey L. Morris, Da Jia, Naoteru Miyata, Rebecca A. Faulkner, Jan M. van Deursen, Marc Vooijs, Daniel D. Billadeau, Bart Van de Sluis, Ondine Cleaver, Ezra Burstein

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Notch family members are transmembrane receptors that mediate essential developmental programs. Upon ligand binding, a proteolytic event releases the intracellular domain of Notch, which translocates to the nucleus to regulate gene transcription. In addition, Notch trafficking across the endolysosomal system is critical in its regulation. In this study we report that Notch recycling to the cell surface is dependent on the COM MD-CCDC22-CCDC93 (CCC) complex, a recently identified regulator of endosomal trafficking. Disruption in this system leads to intracellular accumulation of Notch2 and concomitant reduction in Notch signaling. Interestingly, among the 10 copper metabolism MURR1 domain containing (COM MD) family members that can associate with the CCC complex, only COM MD9 and its binding partner, COM MD5, have substantial effects on Notch. Furthermore, Commd9 deletion in mice leads to embryonic lethality and complex cardiovascular alterations that bear hallmarks of Notch deficiency. Altogether, these studies highlight that the CCC complex controls Notch activation by modulating its intracellular trafficking and demonstrate cargo-specific effects for members of the COM MD protein family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-617
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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