Inhibition of transferrin recycling and endosome tubulation by phospholipase A2 antagonists. Academic Article uri icon


  • We report here that a broad spectrum of phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) antagonists produce a concentration-dependent, differential block in the endocytic recycling pathway of transferrin (Tf) and Tf receptors (TfRs) but have no acute affect on Tf uptake from the cell surface. At low concentrations of antagonists (approximately 1 microm), Tf and TfR accumulated in centrally located recycling endosomes, whereas at higher concentrations (approximately 10 microm), Tf-TfR accumulated in peripheral sorting endosomes. Several independent lines of evidence suggest that this inhibition of recycling may result from the inhibition of tubule formation. First, BFA-stimulated endosome tubule formation was similarly inhibited by PLA(2) antagonists. Second, endocytosed tracers were found in larger spherical endosomes in the presence of PLA(2) antagonists. And third, endosome tubule formation in a cell-free, cytosol-dependent reconstitution system was equally sensitive PLA(2) antagonists. These results are consistent with the conclusion that endosome membrane tubules are formed by the action of a cytoplasmic PLA(2) and that PLA(2)-dependent tubules are involved in intracellular recycling of Tf and TfR. When taken together with previous studies on the Golgi complex, these results also indicate that an intracellular PLA(2) activity provides a novel molecular mechanism for inducing tubule formation from multiple organelles.

published proceedings

  • J Biol Chem

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • de Figueiredo, P., Doody, A., Polizotto, R. S., Drecktrah, D., Wood, S., Banta, M., Strang, M. S., & Brown, W. J

citation count

  • 62

complete list of authors

  • de Figueiredo, P||Doody, A||Polizotto, RS||Drecktrah, D||Wood, S||Banta, M||Strang, MS||Brown, WJ

publication date

  • December 2001