SH3-domain-containing proteins function at distinct steps in clathrin-coated vesicle formation

Fiona Simpson, Natasha K. Hussain, Britta Qualmann, Regis B. Kelly, Kay Brian K, Peter S. McPherson, Sandra L. Schmid

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Several SH3-domain-containing proteins have been implicated in endocytosis by virtue of their interactions with dynamin; however, their functions remain undefined. Here we report the efficient reconstitution of ATP-, GTP-, cytosol- and dynamin-dependent formation of clathrin-coated vesicles in permeabilized 3T3-L1 cells. The SH3 domains of intersectin, endophilin I, syndapin I and amphiphysin II inhibit coated-vesicle formation in vitro through interactions with membrane-associated proteins. Most of the SH3 domains tested selectively inhibit late events involving membrane fission, but the SH3A domain of intersectin uniquely inhibits intermediate events leading to the formation of constricted coated pits. These results suggest that interactions between SH3 domains and their partners function sequentially in endocytic coated-vesicle formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalNature cell biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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