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LRBA signalosomes activate vasopressin-induced AQP2 trafficking at recycling endosomes

 November 8, 2023


Aquaporin-2 (AQP2) water channels are proteins that are recycled between intracellular vesicles and the apical plasma membrane in renal collecting ducts. Lipopolysaccharide-responsive beige-like anchor protein (LRBA) is a protein kinase A (PKA) anchoring protein that creates compartmentalized PKA signalling responsible for AQP2 phosphorylation. In response to increased plasma osmolality, vasopressin/cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)/PKA signalling phosphorylates AQP2, promoting AQP2 trafficking into the apical plasma membrane and increasing water reabsorption from urine. However, the molecular mechanisms by which LRBA mediates vasopressin-induced AQP2 phosphorylation remain unknown. To investigate AQP2 intracellular localization and phosphorylation status in vivo, a density gradient ultracentrifugation technique was combined with an in situ proximity ligation assay, super-resolution structured illumination microscopy and immunoelectron microscopy. Most of the AQP2 was localized on the recycling endosome in the presence of tolvaptan, a vasopressin type 2 receptor (V2R) antagonist. Desmopressin, a V2R agonist, phosphorylated AQP2, translocating it from the recycling endosome to the apical plasma membrane. In contrast, LRBA was constitutively localized at the recycling endosome. Therefore, LRBA and AQP2 were well colocalized in the absence of vasopressin stimulation. The loss of LRBA/PKA signalling by Lrba knockout impaired vasopressin-induced AQP2 phosphorylation, resulting in AQP2 retention at the recycling endosome. Defective AQP2 trafficking caused low urinary concentrating ability in Lrba−/− mice. The LRBA-PKA complex created compartmentalized PKA signalling at the recycling endosome, which facilitated AQP2 phosphorylation in response to vasopressin.

Journal Article

JOURNALThe Journal of Physiology

TITLE:LRBA signalosomes activate vasopressin-induced AQP2 trafficking at recycling endosomes


Correspondence to

Fumiaki Ando , Assistant Professor

Department of Nephrology, 
Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences,
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)
E-mail: fandkidc(at)

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