TitleGRASP55 regulates intra-Golgi localization of glycosylation enzymes to control glycosphingolipid biosynthesis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPothukuchi P, Agliarulo I, Pirozzi M, Rizzo R, Russo D, Turacchio G, Nuechel J, Yang J-S, Gehin C, Capolupo L, Hernandez-Corbacho MJose, Biswas A, Vanacore G, Dathan N, Nitta T, Henklein P, Thattai M, Inokuchi J-I, Hsu VW, Plomann M, Obeid LM, Hannun YA, Luini A, D'Angelo G, Parashuraman S
Date Published09/2021

The Golgi apparatus, the main glycosylation station of the cell, consists of a stack of discontinuous cisternae. Glycosylation enzymes are usually concentrated in one or two specific cisternae along the cis-trans axis of the organelle. How such compartmentalized localization of enzymes is achieved and how it contributes to glycosylation are not clear. Here, we show that the Golgi matrix protein GRASP55 directs the compartmentalized localization of key enzymes involved in glycosphingolipid (GSL) biosynthesis. GRASP55 binds to these enzymes and prevents their entry into COPI-based retrograde transport vesicles, thus concentrating them in the trans-Golgi. In genome-edited cells lacking GRASP55, or in cells expressing mutant enzymes without GRASP55 binding sites, these enzymes relocate to the cis-Golgi, which affects glycosphingolipid biosynthesis by changing flux across metabolic branch points. These findings reveal a mechanism by which a matrix protein regulates polarized localization of glycosylation enzymes in the Golgi and controls competition in glycan biosynthesis.