Phospholipase A2 antagonists inhibit constitutive retrograde membrane traffic to the endoplasmic reticulum. Academic Article uri icon


  • Eukaryotic cells contain a variety of cytoplasmic Ca(2+)-dependent and Ca(2+)-independent phospholipase A2s (PLA2s; EC However, the physiological roles for many of these ubiquitously-expressed enzymes is unclear or not known. Recently, pharmacological studies have suggested a role for Ca(2+)-independent PLA2 (iPLA2) enzymes in governing intracellular membrane trafficking events in general and regulating brefeldin A (BFA)-stimulated membrane tubulation and Golgi-to-endoplasmic reticulum (ER) retrograde membrane trafficking, in particular. Here, we extend these studies to show that membrane-permeant iPLA2 antagonists potently inhibit the normal, constitutive retrograde membrane trafficking from the trans-Golgi network (TGN), Golgi complex, and the ERGIC-53-positive ER-Golgi-intermediate compartment (ERGIC), which occurs in the absence of BFA. Taken together, these results suggest that iPLA2 enzymes play a general role in regulating, or directly mediating, multiple mammalian membrane trafficking events.

published proceedings

  • Traffic

author list (cited authors)

  • de Figueiredo, P., Drecktrah, D., Polizotto, R. S., Cole, N. B., Lippincott-Schwartz, J., & Brown, W. J

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • de Figueiredo, P||Drecktrah, D||Polizotto, RS||Cole, NB||Lippincott-Schwartz, J||Brown, WJ

publication date

  • June 2000