Slow endocytosis of the LDL receptor-related protein 1B: Implications for a novel cytoplasmic tail conformation

Jane M. Knisely, Yonghe Li, Janice M. Griffith, Hans J. Geuze, Alan L. Schwartz, Guojun Bu

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The LDL receptor-related protein 1B (LRP1B) is a putative tumor suppressor homologous to LRP1. Both LRP1 and LRP1B contain cytoplasmic tails with several potential endocytosis motifs. Although the positions of these endocytic motifs are similar in both receptors, LRP1B is internalized at a 15-fold slower rate than LRP1. To determine whether the slow endocytosis of LRP1B is due to the utilization of an endocytosis motif other than the YATL motif used by LRP1, we tested minireceptors with mutations in each of the five potential motifs in the LRP1B tail. Only mutation of both NPXY motifs together abolished LRP1B endocytosis, suggesting that LRP1B can use either of these motifs for internalization. LRP1B contains a unique insertion of 33 amino acids not present in LRP1 that could lead to altered recognition of trafficking motifs. Surprisingly, deletion of this insertion had no effect on the endocytosis rate of LRP1B. However, replacing either half of the LRP1B tail with the corresponding LRP1 sequence markedly accelerated LRP1B endocytosis. From these data, we propose that both halves of the LRP1B cytoplasmic tail contribute to a unique global conformation, which results in less efficient recognition by endocytic adaptors and a slow endocytosis rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3298-3307
Number of pages10
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number15
StatePublished - Sep 10 2007


  • Endocytosis
  • LRP1
  • LRP1B
  • Tumor suppressor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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