Rab12 Localizes to Shiga Toxin-Induced Plasma Membrane Invaginations and Controls Toxin Transport

Gustaf E. Rydell, Henri François Renard, Maria Daniela Garcia-Castillo, Florent Dingli, Damarys Loew, Christophe Lamaze, Winfried Römer, Ludger Johannes

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Several exogenous and endogenous cargo proteins are internalized independently of clathrin, including the bacterial Shiga toxin. The mechanisms underlying early steps of clathrin-independent uptake remain largely unknown. In this study, we have designed a protocol to obtain gradient fractions containing Shiga toxin internalization intermediates. Using stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) and quantitative mass spectrometry, Rab12 was found in association with these very early uptake carriers. The localization of the GTPase on Shiga toxin-induced plasma membrane invaginations was shown by fluorescence microscopy in cells transfected with GFP-Rab12. Furthermore, using a quantitative biochemical assay, it was found that the amount of receptor-binding B-subunit of Shiga toxin reaching the trans-Golgi/TGN membranes was decreased in Rab12-depleted cells, and that cells were partially protected against intoxication by Shiga-like toxin 1 under these conditions. These findings demonstrate the functional importance of Rab12 for retrograde toxin trafficking. Among several other intracellular transport pathways, only the steady-state localizations of TGN46 and cation-independent mannose-6-phosphate receptor were affected. These data thus strongly suggest that Rab12 functions in the retrograde transport route. SILAC labeling and quantitative mass spectrometry were used to identify Rab12 on Shiga toxin-induced endocytic plasma membrane invaginations. Localization of GFP-Rab12 on these structures was shown by fluorescence microscopy. Shiga toxin trafficking to trans-Golgi/TGN membranes and toxin-mediated inhibition of protein biosynthesis were inhibited in Rab12-depleted cells, suggesting that Rab12 functions in the retrograde transport route.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-787
Number of pages16
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Clathrin-independent endocytosis
  • Intracellular trafficking
  • Membrane tubules
  • RabGTPase
  • Retrograde transport
  • Shiga toxin B-subunit
  • STxB


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