Cloning of novel human SEC14p-like proteins: ligand binding and functional properties.

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Kempna P, Zingg JM, Ricciarelli R, Hierl M, Saxena S, Azzi A

Cloning of novel human SEC14p-like proteins: ligand binding and functional properties.

Free Radic Biol Med. 2003 Jun 1;34(11):1458-72.

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We describe the cloning and expression of two novel genes highly similar to the tocopherol-associated protein (hTAP/SEC14L2/SPF). Immunoprecipitation of the three recombinant hTAPs and extraction of their associated lipid-soluble molecules indicates that they bind not just tocopherols, but also phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylcholine, and phosphatidylglycerol. Ligand competition analysis by isoelectric point mobility shift assay indicates that phosphatidylcholine, tocopherols, and tocopheryl-succinate compete with phosphatidylinositol binding to hTAPs. To investigate a possible function of hTAPs on enzymes involved in phospholipids metabolism, the activity of recombinant phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3Kgamma/p110gamma) was tested. Recombinant hTAPs reduce in vitro the activity of the recombinant catalytic subunit of PI3Kgamma and stimulate it in the presence of alpha-tocopherol up to 5-fold. Immunoprecipitation of hTAP1 from cells results in co-precipitation of PI3-kinase activity, indicating a physical contact between the two proteins at a cellular level. In summary, hTAPs may modulate, in a tocopherol-sensitive manner, phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase, a central enzyme in signal transduction, cell proliferation, and apoptosis. It is possible that other phosphatidylinositol- and phosphatidylcholine-dependent signaling pathways are modulated by hTAPs and tocopherols, possibly by transporting and presenting these ligands to the corresponding enzymes.

DrugBank Data that Cites this Article

NameUniProt ID
SEC14-like protein 4Q9UDX3Details
SEC14-like protein 3Q9UDX4Details