Scientific Reports

Scientific Report 2011-2012 for the Laboratory of Olivier Vincent -

Arrestin related proteins (ART) as adaptors for recruitment of the endocytic machinery

Research topics

Arrestins and intracellular traffic in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

( Vincent, O. , Soletto, L. , Pardo, D. , Martínez, M. )

Our objective is to characterize the function of proteins of the arrestin family (Art1-8) as endocytic adaptors in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The results of this study could reveal important aspects of the regulation of these proteins, conserved throughout the evolution. In order to determine the process in which these proteins are involved, we carried out two-hybrid screenings with several members of this protein family and protein-protein interactions were further characterized. This study, as part of a colaboration with other groups, showed that Art4 (Rod1) acts as a downstream effector of the Snf1/AMPK signaling pathway to regulate the glucose-induced endocytosis of the lactate transporter Jen1.

Molecular mechanisms of protein monoubiquitination

( Herrador, A. , Vincent, O. )

Our previous studies showed that the arrestin-related protein Rim8 (Art9) functions as an adaptor that mediates the recruitment of the ESCRT (“Endosomal Sorting Complex Required for Transport”) endocytic machinery to a seven-transmembrane spanning receptor. Additionally, we found that the ESCRT subunit Vps23 is required for Rim8 monoubiquitination. To analyze this process, we set up an in vitro ubiquitination assay. By using this approach, we were able to show that the ubiquitin binding UEV (“Ubiquitin E2 Variant”) domain of Vps23 is sufficient to prevent the protein to be further polyubiquitinated and thus, directs its monoubiquitination. This result is of great interest since protein monoubiquitination plays an essential role in eukaryotic cells and the mechanisms underlying this process are still largely unknown.


Becuwe, M. , Vieira, N. , lara, D. , Gomes-Rezende, J. , Soares-Cunha, C. , Casal, M. , Haguenauer-Tsapis, R. , Vincent, O. , Paiva, S. , Léon, S. (2012). A molecular switch on an arrestin-like protein relays glucose signaling to transporter endocytosis. J. Cell Biol. 196(2): 247-259.

García-Herrero, C. , Rubio-Cabezas, O. , Azriel, S. , Gutierrez-Nogués, A. , Aragonés, A. , Vincent, O. , Campos-Barros, A. , Argente, J. , Navas, MA. (2012). Functional characterization of MODY2 mutations highlights the importance of the fine-tuning of glucokinase and its role in glucose sensing. PLoS One. e30518.

Bañuelos, C. , García-Rivera, G. , López-Reyes, I. , Mendoza, L. , González-Robles, A. , Herranz, S. , Vincent, O. , Orozco, E. (2012). EhADH112 is a Bro1 domain-containing protein involved in the Entamoeba histolytica multivesicular bodies pathway. J Biomed Biotechnol. 657942.

Becuwe, M. , Herrador, A. , Haguenauer-Tsapis, R. , Vincent, O. , Léon, S. (2012). Ubiquitin-mediated regulation of endocytosis by proteins of the arrestin family. Biochem Res Int. 242764.

Financial Support
Olivier Vincent -

Vincent, O. , Herrador, A. , Izquierdo, E. , Martínez, M. , Pardo, D. , Soletto, L.

“Función de las arrestinas en tráfico intracelular en saccharomyces cerevisiae.” Financiado por: CICYT. Year 2009-2012