Excitatory amino acid transporters EAAT1 (SLC1A3), EAAT2 (SLC1A2), EAAT3 (SLC1A1), and EAAT4 (SLC1A6) serve to clear l-glutamate from the synaptic cleft and are thus important for the limitation of neuronal excitation. EAAT3 has previously been shown to form complexes with caveolin-1, a major component of caveolae, which participate in the regulation of transport proteins. The present study explored the impact of caveolin-1 on electrogenic transport by excitatory amino acid transporter isoforms EAAT1-4. To this end cRNA encoding EAAT1, EAAT2, EAAT3, or EAAT4 was injected into Xenopus oocytes without or with additional injection of cRNA encoding caveolin-1. The l-glutamate (2 mM)-induced inward current (I Glu) was taken as a measure of glutamate transport. As a result, I Glu was observed in EAAT1-, EAAT2-, EAAT3-, or EAAT4-expressing oocytes but not in water-injected oocytes, and was significantly decreased by coexpression of caveolin-1. Caveolin-1 decreased significantly the maximal transport rate. Treatment of EAATs-expressing oocytes with brefeldin A (5 µM) was followed by a decrease in conductance, which was similar in oocytes expressing EAAT together with caveolin-1 as in oocytes expressing EAAT1-4 alone. Thus, caveolin-1 apparently does not accelerate transporter protein retrieval from the cell membrane. In conclusion, caveolin-1 is a powerful negative regulator of the excitatory glutamate transporters EAAT1, EAAT2, EAAT3, and EAAT4.
The Journal of Membrane Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 21, 2015
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