Various receptors navigate through the endocytic recycling compartment (ERC) on route to the plasma membrane. They are transported through recycling endosomes that emanate from the ERC that display distinct tubular morphology. A key question in the field is how the trafficking via these endosomes is regulated and how regulatory proteins such as Rab35, Rab8, Arf6 and EHD1 control this trafficking. Recent studies point to the protein MICAL-L1 as a major scaffold for these regulators. MICAL-L1 not only localizes to these tubular recycling endosomes and regulates trafficking, but it also controls the localization of EHD1 and Rab8 to these structures. It also connects its associated membranes to the motor proteins dynein and kinesin through its binding partner, CRMP2. Our recent study promotes MICAL-L1 as a Rab35 effector, where Rab35, both directly and indirectly through Arf6, controls the localization of MICAL-L1 and Rab8 to tubular membranes. We find that MICAL-L1 is a multi-tasking scaffold connecting various proteins to recycling endosomes for efficient trafficking.
- Endocytic recycling compartment
- Tubular endosomes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)