Shedding light on the spatiotemporal regulation of RGS14 Open Access

Branch, Mary Rose (2016)

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RGS14 is a multifunctional scaffold protein that integrates various cellular pathways and interacts with active (GTP-bound) and inactive (GDP-bound) Gα subunits to negatively regulate G protein signaling. RGS14 is enriched in area CA2 of the hippocampus where it acts as a natural suppressor of long-term potentiation. The functional role of RGS14 in CA2 neurons and the mechanisms by which it limits synaptic plasticity, however, are unknown. The subcellular localization of proteins in their native cellular environment can provide critical insight into their in vivo functions. All previous information about the subcellular localization of RGS14 relied largely on exogenous expression of recombinant protein in non-host cells. Since mislocalization of exogenously expressed proteins is a common problem that can give a false impression of the endogenous protein's distribution and in vivo functionalities, the primary aim of this study was to investigate the subcellular localization of endogenous RGS14 in its native cellular environment under basal conditions and following G protein activation. Because CA2 neurons cannot be isolated for study, we studied RGS14 localization in B35 neuroblastoma cells, the only cell line known to natively express RGS14. Using immunocytochemistry and confocal imaging, we found that endogenous RGS14 localizes to multiple cellular compartments in host B35 cells and that both inactive and activated G proteins can regulate the spatiotemporal dynamics of RGS14. Our results suggest that RGS14 may have multiple and complex functions in CA2 neurons, highlighting the need for future studies to determine which of these functions is critical for RGS14-mediated suppression of synaptic plasticity.

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Background and Significance..1


Hypotheses and Aims...4

Material and Methods...5

Cell Culture and Transfection...5

G protein Activation with AlF4-...5




Analysis of Translocation...8

Statistical Analysis...9


Subcellular localization of endogenous RGS14 in B35 cells...17

The cellular distribution of RGS14 changes throughout the cell cycle...20

AlF4- -induced G protein activation affects the subcellular localization of endogenous RGS14 in B35 cells...23


RGS14 in cell division...31

RGS14 and the cytoskeleton...32

RGS14 at the nuclear membrane...33

RGS14 in the nucleus...34

RGS14 in Mitochondria...38


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