Our laboratory is the only group that employs tissues and polarized intestinal cells to examine how internalization (endocytosis) of Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) anion channels and its exocytic insertion back to the apical plasma membrane (exocytosis) regulate its surface expression and function in the intestine. These investigations are critical to intestinal physiology and the underlying pathophysiology of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and secretory diarrhea because: (1) absence of functional CFTR on the intestinal surface leads to intestinal obstruction and CF while (2) increased surface CFTR expression due to defects in endocytosis or increased exocytosis result in secretory diarrhea. In contrast to what is observed in artificial over-expression and non-polarized cell models, endocytosis, exocytosis and CFTR anion secretion are dictated by cell-type specific proteins in native epithelial cells. Clathrin mediates CFTR endocytosis. Studies from our laboratory identified the actin motor myosin VI, as a key regulator of CFTR endocytosis and function in the intestine. Myosin VI is unable to directly bind CFTR. Thus, we examined the hypothesis that an intestine specific adaptor would link CFTR to clathrin. The central aim of my initial application was to identify and characterize the intestine specific adaptor responsible for myosin VI- dependent endocytosis of CFTR. Since the application was reviewed, I identified the first intestine- specific adaptor (1-AP-2) responsible for CFTR endocytosis (Collaco, A JBC;285 (22) pp17177, 2010). Accordingly, this revised proposal will (1) employ site-directed mutagenesis, GST-pull down and yeast two hybrid assays to determine the sites of 1-AP-2 binding to CFTR (2) examine CFTR surface expression, endocytosis and anion secretion in polarized intestinal cells lacking 1-AP-2 (3) examine role of 1-AP-2 in (i) recruiting CFTR and (ii) clathrin-coated pit formation. The proposed studies are planned over a three- year period in order to facilitate my training in the following skills: (a) Ussing chamber electrophysiology (b) yeast two-hybrid assays (3) lenti-virus induced silencing of genes in polarized epithelial cells (3) cryo- immunoelectron microscopy and (4) transmission electron microscopy. I also need further training to enhance manuscript, grant writing and presentation skills if I am to emerge as a successful independent investigator. The courses planned, teaching activities, structured monthly meetings with my oversight scholarship committee, weekly meetings with my mentor and co-mentor and daily interactions with my mentor will ensure that progress is achieved in preparing me to emerge as a successful independent investigator.

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The cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) channel is important to ion transport and fluid secretion in the intestine during health and in disease. In the intestine, chloride secretion is directly related to the number of CFTR channels on the cell surface;and the removal and insertion of CFTR from the cell membrane into subcellular compartments is dependent on interactions with specific binding proteins. The proposed study is of value to the community because it demonstrates how defects in specific binding proteins can influence CFTR expression and its function on the surface of the intestine and contribute to intestinal diseases such as cystic fibrosis and secretory diarrhea.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32)
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Podskalny, Judith M,
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Collaco, Anne M; Jakab, Robert L; Hoekstra, Nadia E et al. (2013) Regulated traffic of anion transporters in mammalian Brunner's glands: a role for water and fluid transport. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 305:G258-75
Collaco, Anne M; Geibel, Peter; Lee, Beth S et al. (2013) Functional vacuolar ATPase (V-ATPase) proton pumps traffic to the enterocyte brush border membrane and require CFTR. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 305:C981-96