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Rab5 is necessary for the biogenesis of the endolysosomal system in vivo

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, May 2012
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Rab5 is necessary for the biogenesis of the endolysosomal system in vivo
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Nature, May 2012
DOI 10.1038/nature11133
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Anja Zeigerer, Jerome Gilleron, Roman L. Bogorad, Giovanni Marsico, Hidenori Nonaka, Sarah Seifert, Hila Epstein-Barash, Satya Kuchimanchi, Chang Geng Peng, Vera M. Ruda, Perla Del Conte-Zerial, Jan G. Hengstler, Yannis Kalaidzidis, Victor Koteliansky, Marino Zerial


An outstanding question is how cells control the number and size of membrane organelles. The small GTPase Rab5 has been proposed to be a master regulator of endosome biogenesis. Here, to test this hypothesis, we developed a mathematical model of endosome dependency on Rab5 and validated it by titrating down all three Rab5 isoforms in adult mouse liver using state-of-the-art RNA interference technology. Unexpectedly, the endocytic system was resilient to depletion of Rab5 and collapsed only when Rab5 decreased to a critical level. Loss of Rab5 below this threshold caused a marked reduction in the number of early endosomes, late endosomes and lysosomes, associated with a block of low-density lipoprotein endocytosis. Loss of endosomes caused failure to deliver apical proteins to the bile canaliculi, suggesting a requirement for polarized cargo sorting. Our results demonstrate for the first time, to our knowledge, the role of Rab5 as an endosome organizer in vivo and reveal the resilience mechanisms of the endocytic system.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 8 2%
United States 5 1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
India 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Other 4 1%
Unknown 346 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 102 27%
Researcher 88 24%
Student > Master 45 12%
Student > Bachelor 37 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 19 5%
Other 58 16%
Unknown 23 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 176 47%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 73 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 27 7%
Neuroscience 18 5%
Immunology and Microbiology 10 3%
Other 39 10%
Unknown 29 8%

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