Endocytic Adaptor Molecules Reveal an Endosomal Population of Clathrin by Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence Microscopy

Peter Keyel, Simon C Watkins, Linton M Traub

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Abstract

Most eukaryotes utilize a single pool of clathrin to assemble clathrin-coated transport vesicles at different intracellular locations. Coat assembly is a cyclical process. Soluble clathrin triskelia are recruited to the membrane surface by compartment-specific adaptor and/or accessory proteins. Adjacent triskelia then pack together to assemble a polyhedral lattice that progressively invaginates, budding off the membrane surface encasing a nascent transport vesicle that is quickly uncoated. Using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to follow clathrin dynamics close to the cell surface, we find that the majority of labeled clathrin structures are relatively static, moving vertically in and out of the evanescent field but with little lateral motion. A small minority shows rapid lateral and directed movement over micrometer distances. Adaptor proteins, including the α subunit of AP-2, ARH, and Dab2 are also relatively static and exhibit virtually no lateral movement. A fluor
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13190-13204
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
StatePublished - 2004

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