Dual-colour imaging of membrane protein targeting directed by poa semilatent virus movement protein TGBp3 in plant and mammalian cells.
(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
J Gen Virol. 2002 Mar . 83(Pt 3):651-62.
The movement function of poa semilatent hordeivirus (PSLV) is mediated by the triple gene block (TGB) proteins, of which two, TGBp2 and TGBp3, are membrane proteins. TGBp3 is localized to peripheral bodies in the vicinity of the plasma membrane and is able to re-direct TGBp2 from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to the peripheral bodies. For imaging of TGBp3-mediated protein targeting, PSLV TGBp3 tagged with a red fluorescent protein (DsRed) was used. Coexpression of DsRed-TGBp3 with GFP targeted to the ER lumen (ER-GFP) demonstrated that ER-GFP was contained in typical ER structures and peripheral bodies formed by TGBp3 protein, suggesting an ER origin for these bodies. In transient coexpression with viral membrane proteins tagged with GFP, DsRed-TGBp3 directed to the peripheral bodies the homologous TGBp2 protein and two unrelated membrane proteins, the 6 kDa movement protein of beet yellows closterovirus and the putative movement protein encoded by the genome component 4 of faba bean necrotic yellows nanovirus. However, coexpression of TGBp3 with GFP derivatives targeted to the ER membranes by artificial hydrophobic tail sequences suggested that targeting to the ER membranes per se was not sufficient for TGBp3-directed protein trafficking to peripheral bodies. TGBp3-induced targeting of TGBp2 also occurred in mammalian cells, indicating the universal nature of the protein trafficking signals and the cotargeting mechanism.