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Selective transport of neurotransmitters and modulators by distinct volume-regulated LRRC8 anion channels.

Authors
  • Lutter, Darius1, 2, 3
  • Ullrich, Florian1, 2
  • Lueck, Jennifer C1, 2, 3
  • Kempa, Stefan2
  • Jentsch, Thomas J4, 2, 5
  • 1 Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), D-13125 Berlin, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 2 Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC), D-13125 Berlin, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 3 Graduate Program of the Freie Universität Berlin, D-14195 Berlin, Germany. , (Germany)
  • 4 Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), D-13125 Berlin, Germany [email protected] , (Germany)
  • 5 Neurocure, Charité Universitätsmedizin, D-10117 Berlin, Germany. , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Cell Science
Publisher
The Company of Biologists
Publication Date
Mar 15, 2017
Volume
130
Issue
6
Pages
1122–1133
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1242/jcs.196253
PMID: 28193731
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

In response to swelling, mammalian cells release chloride and organic osmolytes through volume-regulated anion channels (VRACs). VRACs are heteromers of LRRC8A and other LRRC8 isoforms (LRRC8B to LRRC8E), which are co-expressed in HEK293 and most other cells. The spectrum of VRAC substrates and its dependence on particular LRRC8 isoforms remains largely unknown. We show that, besides the osmolytes taurine and myo-inositol, LRRC8 channels transport the neurotransmitters glutamate, aspartate and γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the co-activator D-serine. HEK293 cells engineered to express defined subsets of LRRC8 isoforms were used to elucidate the subunit-dependence of transport. Whereas LRRC8D was crucial for the translocation of overall neutral compounds like myo-inositol, taurine and GABA, and sustained the transport of positively charged lysine, flux of negatively charged aspartate was equally well supported by LRRC8E. Disruption of LRRC8B or LRRC8C failed to decrease the transport rates of all investigated substrates, but their inclusion into LRRC8 heteromers influenced the substrate preference of VRAC. This suggested that individual VRACs can contain three or more different LRRC8 subunits, a conclusion confirmed by sequential co-immunoprecipitations. Our work suggests a composition-dependent role of VRACs in extracellular signal transduction.

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