Arabidopsis dynamin-related protein 1A polymers bind, but do not tubulate, liposomes
The Arabidopsis dynamin-related protein 1A (AtDRP1A) is involved in endocytosis and cell plate maturation in Arabidopsis. Unlike dynamin, AtDRP1A does not have any recognized membrane binding or protein-protein interaction domains. We report that GTPase active AtDRP1A purified from Escherichia coli as a fusion to maltose binding protein forms homopolymers visible by negative staining electron microscopy. These polymers interact with protein-free liposomes whose lipid composition mimics that of the inner leaflet of the Arabidopsis plasma membrane, suggesting that lipid-binding may play a role in AtDRP1A function. However, AtDRP1A polymers do not appear to assemble and disassemble in a dynamic fashion and do not have the ability to tubulate liposomes in vitro, suggesting that additional factors or modifications are necessary for AtDRP1A's in vivo function.
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Backues, S. K., & Bednarek, S. Y. (2010). Arabidopsis dynamin-related protein 1A polymers bind, but do not tubulate, liposomes. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 393(4), 734–739. doi:10.1016/j.bbrc.2010.02.070