Oxysterol-binding protein-related protein (ORP) 6 localizes to the ER and ER-plasma membrane contact sites and is involved in the turnover of PI4P in cerebellar granule neurons

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Oxysterol-binding protein (OSBP)-related proteins (ORPs) are conserved lipid binding proteins found in organisms ranging from yeast to mammals. Recent findings have indicated that these proteins mainly localize to contact sites of 2 different membranous organelles. ORP6, a member of the ORP subfamily III, is one of the least studied ORPs. Using approaches in molecular cell biology, we attempted to study the characteristics of ORP6 and found that ORP6 is abundantly expressed in mouse cultured neurons. Deconvolution microscopy of cultured cerebellar granular cells revealed that ORP6 is localized to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and ER–plasma membrane (PM) contact sites, where it co-localized with extended synaptotagmin2 (E-Syt2), a well-known ER–PM contact site marker. E-Syt2 also co-localized with ORP3, another subfamily III member, and ORP5, a subfamily IV member. However, ORP5 does not distribute to the same ER-PM contact sites as subfamily III members. Also, the co-expression of ORP3 but not ORP5 altered the distribution of ORP6 into the processes of cerebellar neurons. Immunoprecipitation demonstrated binding between the intermediate region of ORP6 and ORP3 or ORP6 itself. Additionally, the localization of ORP6 in the PM decreased when co-expressed with the intermediate region of ORP6, in which the pleckstrin homology (PH) domain and OSBP-related ligand binding domain (ORD) are deleted. Over-expression of this intermediate region shifted the location of a phophtidylinositol-4-phosphate (PI4P) marker from the Golgi to the PM. Knockdown of ORP6 resulted in the same shift of the PI4P marker. Collectively, our data suggests that the recruitment of ORP6 to ER–PM contact sites is involved in the turnover of PI4P in cerebellar granular neurons.

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