Funded by this grant, my lab has combined biochemistry and cell biology to define the role of the GTPase dynamin in endocytic clathrin-coated vesicle (CCV) formation. Our data, and results of others, now suggest that dynamin plays a dual role in clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). During early stages of CME, unassembled dynamin is localized to coated pits and functions as a regulatory GTPase to monitor coat assembly, cargo capture and membrane curvature. At late stages, dynamin self-assembles around the neck of deeply invaginated coated pits and rapid, assembly-stimulated GTP hydrolysis drives a concerted conformational change necessary for membrane fission. Thus, a consensus has emerged that dynamin is a mechanochemical enzyme, but little is known about the molecular nature of dynamin's mechanochemical conformational changes that govern dynamin-mediated membrane fission. Over the next 4 years we will rigorously apply biochemical, biophysical and structural approaches to define the structural and enzymological basis for dynamin's mechanochemical properties and to identify how the enzymatic and mechanochemical activities of dynamin function together with coat proteins and other endocytic accessory factors to mediate CCV formation.
In Aim 1 we will characterize new classes of dynamin mutants that differentially affect basal and assembly- stimulated GTPase activity and test the functions of these distinct dynamin activities in CCV formation in vivo by reconstitution of conditional dynamin-2 knock-out cells.
In Aim 2, we will use X-ray crystallography and cryo-EM, together with helical reconstruction techniques to define the structural bases for basal and assembly-stimulated GTPase activities.
In Aim 3 we will use site- specific labeling of dynamin and multiple independent fluorescence spectroscopy techniques to define the nucleotide-dependent, and effector-regulated conformational changes in dynamin that account for its mechanochemical properties towards lipid bilayers. Finally, in Aim 4 we will develop and utilize new fluorescence-based assays to directly measure dynamin-dependent steps in CCV formation from supported proteolipid bilayers. Together these studies should provide a detailed mechanistic understanding of dynamin function in membrane fission. As dynamin is a prototypical member of a diverse class a GTPases involved in membrane fission, the results from our studies will have broad impact on many areas of cell biology.

Public Health Relevance

Clathrin-mediated endocytosis is the primary mechanism by which cells communicate with and adapt to changes in their environment, through nutrient uptake, regulation of signaling receptors and remodeling of plasma membrane composition. The GTPase dynamin is the master regulator of clathrin-mediated endocytosis and drives membrane fission. We will use biochemical, biophysical, structural and cell biological approaches to elucidate its mechanism of action.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Research Project (R01)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Membrane Biology and Protein Processing Study Section (MBPP)
Program Officer
Ainsztein, Alexandra M
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Texas Sw Medical Center Dallas
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Schools of Medicine
United States
Zip Code
Martyna, Agnieszka; Bahsoun, Basma; Badham, Matthew D et al. (2017) Membrane remodeling by the M2 amphipathic helix drives influenza virus membrane scission. Sci Rep 7:44695
Bendris, Nawal; Schmid, Sandra L (2017) Endocytosis, Metastasis and Beyond: Multiple Facets of SNX9. Trends Cell Biol 27:189-200
Mohanakrishnan, Aparna; Tran, Triet Vincent M; Kumar, Meera et al. (2017) A highly-sensitive high throughput assay for dynamin's basal GTPase activity. PLoS One 12:e0185639
Schmid, Sandra L (2017) Reciprocal regulation of signaling and endocytosis: Implications for the evolving cancer cell. J Cell Biol 216:2623-2632
Reis, Carlos R; Chen, Ping-Hung; Bendris, Nawal et al. (2017) TRAIL-death receptor endocytosis and apoptosis are selectively regulated by dynamin-1 activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114:504-509
Chen, Ping-Hung; Bendris, Nawal; Hsiao, Yi-Jing et al. (2017) Crosstalk between CLCb/Dyn1-Mediated Adaptive Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Signaling Increases Metastasis. Dev Cell 40:278-288.e5
Bendris, Nawal; Williams, Karla C; Reis, Carlos R et al. (2016) SNX9 promotes metastasis by enhancing cancer cell invasion via differential regulation of RhoGTPases. Mol Biol Cell :
Srinivasan, Saipraveen; Dharmarajan, Venkatasubramanian; Reed, Dana Kim et al. (2016) Identification and function of conformational dynamics in the multidomain GTPase dynamin. EMBO J 35:443-57
Elkin, Sarah R; Oswald, Nathaniel W; Reed, Dana K et al. (2016) Ikarugamycin: A Natural Product Inhibitor of Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis. Traffic 17:1139-49
Bendris, Nawal; Stearns, Carrie J S; Reis, Carlos R et al. (2016) Sorting nexin 9 negatively regulates invadopodia formation and function in cancer cells. J Cell Sci 129:2804-16

Showing the most recent 10 out of 63 publications