Séminaire IBIP
Les séminaires ont lieu sur le Campus Montpellier SupAgro/INRA de La Gaillarde (2, place P. Viala Montpellier)

Jeudi 15 mai 2008
Salle A – Bâtiment Administratif à 14h

Protein body formation in the endoplasmic reticulum

Alessandro Vitale
Istituto di Biologia e Biotecnologia Agraria, CNR, Milano, Italy, European Union

Plant cells can use the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to store proteins as large polymers, termed protein bodies. The most striking example is the accumulation of storage proteins in the seeds of a number of cereals, but ER protein bodies are also transiently formed by certain vacuolar proteases, and can be produced in any tissue by the expression of a number of foreign proteins, without affecting plant metabolism and development. This process is has a great potential in terms of biotechnological exploitations, but the molecular basis for the stable formation of ER protein bodies are still unclear. Insolubility, hydrophobic interactions with the inner side of the ER membrane or unusually extensive interactions with ER chaperones have been hypothesized as possible major determinants, but experimental evidence in support of one or another hypothesis is emerging only now. Recent data obtained in our laboratory point to interchain disulfide bonds as a determinant and start to elucidate the mechanisms of sorting between the three alternative destinies that secretory proteins can have when they enter the ER: degradation by ER quality control, stable PB formation, and access to vesicular traffic.


Contact : Lionel Verdoucq

Contacts IBIP :
Sabine Zimmermann
Marc Lepetit
Corinne Dasen
Chantal Baracco