Restricted lateral diffusion of luteinizing hormone receptors in membrane microdomains

Amber L. Wolf-Ringwall, Peter W. Winter, Jingjing Liu, Alan K. Van Orden, Deborah A. Roess, B. George Barisas

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Abstract

Single particle tracking was used to evaluate lateral motions of individual FLAG-tagged human luteinizing hormone (LH) receptors expressed on CHO cells and native LH receptors on both KGN human granulosa-derived tumor cells and M17 human neuroblastoma cells before and after exposure to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Compared with LH receptors on untreated cells, LH receptors on cells treated with 100 nM hCG exhibit restricted lateral diffusion and are confined in small, nanometer-scale, membrane compartments. Similar to LH receptors labeled with Au-hCG, LH receptors labeled with gold-deglycosylated hCG, an hCG antagonist, also exhibit restricted lateral diffusion and are confined in nanoscale membrane compartments on KGN cells treated with 100 nM hCG. LH receptor point mutants lacking potential palmitoylation sites remain in large compartments despite treatment with 100 nM hCG as do LH receptors on cells treated with cytochalasin D. Finally, both polarization homotransfer fluorescence resonance energy transfer imaging and photon counting histogram analysis indicate that treatment with hCG induces aggregation of YFP-coupled LH receptors stably expressed on CHO cells. Taken together, our results demonstrate that binding of hCG induces aggregation of LH receptors within nanoscale, cell surface-membrane compartments, that hCG binding also affects the lateral motions of antagonist binding LH receptors, and that receptor surface densities must be considered in evaluating the extent of hormone-dependent receptor aggregation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29818-29827
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume286
Issue number34
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 26 2011
Externally publishedYes

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