DRAM1 deficiency affects the organization and function of the Golgi apparatus

Mingzhen Wei, Zhou Zhu, Junchao Wu, Yan Wang, Ji Geng*, Zheng Hong Qin

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DRAM1 (DNA damage-regulated autophagy modulator 1) is a transmembrane protein that predominantly localizes to the lysosome but is also found in other membranous organelles; however, its function in these organelles remains largely unknown. We found that DRAM1 was partially located in the Golgi apparatus, and knockdown of DRAM1 caused fragmentation of the Golgi apparatus in cells. The phenomenon of fragmented Golgi was not related to microtubule organization, and there was no direct interaction between DRAM1 and Golgi structural proteins (ARF1, GM130, syntaxin 6 and GRASP55). Moreover, Golgi-targeting DRAM1 failed to rescue the fragmentation of Golgi in DRAM1-deficient cells. The transport of ts045-VSVG-GFP, an indicator of movement from the Golgi apparatus to the plasma membrane, was delayed in DRAM1-knockdown cells. Moreover, the trafficking of CI-MPR from the plasma membrane to the Golgi was also impeded in DRAM1-knockdown cells. These results indicated that DRAM1 regulated the structure of the Golgi apparatus and affected Golgi apparatus-associated vesicular transport.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109375
JournalCellular Signalling
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cell Biology

User-Defined Keywords

  • CI-MPR
  • DRAM1
  • Golgi fragmentation
  • Microtubules
  • VSVG


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