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Kollewe, Astrid; Chubanov, Vladimir; Tseung, Fong Tsuen; Correia, Leonor; Schmidt, Eva; Roessig, Anna; Zierler, Susanna; Haupt, Alexander; Mueller, Catrin Swantje; Bildl, Wolfgang; Schulte, Uwe; Nicke, Annette; Fakler, Bernd and Gudermann, Thomas (2021): The molecular appearance of native TRPM7 channel complexes identified by high-resolution proteomics. In: eLife, Vol. 10, e68544 [PDF, 2MB]


The transient receptor potential melastatin-subfamily member 7 (TRPM7) is a ubiquitously expressed membrane protein consisting of ion channel and protein kinase domains. TRPM7 plays a fundamental role in the cellular uptake of divalent cations such as Zn2+, Mg2+, and Ca2+, and thus shapes cellular excitability, plasticity, and metabolic activity. The molecular appearance and operation of TRPM7 channels in native tissues have remained unresolved. Here, we investigated the subunit composition of endogenous TRPM7 channels in rodent brain by multi-epitope affinity purification and high-resolution quantitative mass spectrometry (MS) analysis. We found that native TRPM7 channels are high-molecular-weight multi-protein complexes that contain the putative metal transporter proteins CNNM1-4 and a small G-protein ADP-ribosylation factor-like protein 15 (ARL15). Heterologous reconstitution experiments confirmed the formation of TRPM7/CNNM/ARL15 ternary complexes and indicated that complex formation effectively and specifically impacts TRPM7 activity. These results open up new avenues towards a mechanistic understanding of the cellular regulation and function of TRPM7 channels.

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