Potential involvement of kinesin-1 in the regulation of subcellular localization of Girdin

Aya Muramatsu, Atsushi Enomoto, Takuya Kato, Liang Weng, Keisuke Kuroda, Naoya Asai, Masato Asai, Shinji Mii, Masahide Takahashi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Girdin is an actin-binding protein that has multiple functions in postnatal neural development and cancer progression. We previously showed that Girdin is a regulator of migration for neuroblasts born from neural stem cells in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus in the postnatal brain. Despite a growing list of Girdin-interacting proteins, the mechanism of Girdin-mediated migration has not been fully elucidated. Girdin interacts with Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia 1 and partitioning-defective 3, both of which have been shown to interact with the kinesin microtubule motor proteins. Based on this, we have identified that Girdin also interacts with kinesin-1, a member of neuronal kinesin proteins. Although a direct interaction of Girdin and kinesin-1 has not been determined, it is of interest to find that Girdin loss-of-function mutant mice with the mutation of a basic amino acid residue-rich region (Basic mut mice) exhibit limited interaction with kinesin-1. Furthermore, expression of a kinesin-1 mutant with motor defects, leads to Girdin mislocalization. Finally, consistent with previous studies on the role of kinesin proteins in trafficking a cell-cell adhesion molecule N-cadherin, Basic mut mice showed an aberrant expression pattern of N-cadherin in migrating SVZ neuroblasts. These findings suggest a potential role of Girdin/kinesin-1 interaction in the regulation of neuroblast migration in the postnatal brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1005
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 13-07-2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Potential involvement of kinesin-1 in the regulation of subcellular localization of Girdin'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this