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A novel function for the Rab5 effector Rabenosyn-5 in planar cell polarity.

Mottola G, Classen AK, González-Gaitán M, Eaton S, Zerial M

In addition to apicobasal polarization, some epithelia also display polarity within the plane of the epithelium. To what extent polarized endocytosis plays a role in the establishment and maintenance of planar cell polarity (PCP) is at present unclear. Here, we investigated the role of Rabenosyn-5 (Rbsn-5), an evolutionarily conserved effector of the small GTPase Rab5, in the development of Drosophila wing epithelium. We found that Rbsn-5 regulates endocytosis at the apical side of the wing epithelium and, surprisingly, further uncovered a novel function of this protein in PCP. At early stages of pupal wing development, the PCP protein Fmi redistributes between the cortex and Rab5- and Rbsn-5-positive early endosomes. During planar polarization, Rbsn-5 is recruited at the apical cell boundaries and redistributes along the proximodistal axis in an Fmi-dependent manner. At pre-hair formation, Rbsn-5 accumulates at the bottom of emerging hairs. Loss of Rbsn-5 causes intracellular accumulation of Fmi and typical PCP alterations such as defects in cell packing, in the polarized distribution of PCP proteins, and in hair orientation and formation. Our results suggest that establishment of planar polarity requires the activity of Rbsn-5 in regulating both the endocytic trafficking of Fmi at the apical cell boundaries and hair morphology.

Fig.7 taken from Mottola et al, 2010.
  • Development 2010 Jul 09;137(14):2353-64
  • 2010
  • Developmental Biology
  • 20534670
  • PubMed

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