Cl- and H+ coupling properties and subcellular localizations of wildtype and disease-associated variants of the voltagegated Cl-/H+ exchanger ClC-5

Min Hwang Chang, Matthew R. Brown, Yiran Liu, Vladimir G. Gainullin, Peter C. Harris, Michael F. Romero, John C. Lieske

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Dent disease 1 (DD1) is caused by mutations in the CLCN5 gene encoding a voltage-gated electrogenic nCl-/H+ exchanger ClC-5. Using ion-selective microelectrodes and Xenopus oocytes, here we studied Cl-/H+ coupling properties ofWTClC-5 and four DD1-associated variants (S244L, R345W, Q629*, and T657S), along with trafficking and localization of ClC-5. WT ClC-5 had a 2Cl-/H+ exchange ratio at a Vh of +40 mVwith a [Cl-]out of 104mM, but the transport direction did not reverse with a [Cl-]out of 5 mM, indicating that ClC-5-mediated exchange of two Cl- out for one H+ in is not permissible. We hypothesized that ClC-5 and H+-ATPase are functionally coupled during H+-ATPase-mediated endosomal acidification, crucial for ClC-5 activation by depolarizing endosomes. ClC-5 transport that provides three net negative charges appeared selfinhibitory because of ClC-5's voltage-gated properties, but shunt conductance facilitated further H+-ATPase-mediated endosomal acidification. Thus, an on-and-off "burst" of ClC-5 activity was crucial for preventing Cl- exit from endosomes. The subcellular distribution of the ClC-5:S244L variant was comparable with that of WT ClC-5, but the variant had a much slower Cl- and H+ transport and displayed an altered stoichiometry of 1.6:1. The ClC-5:R345W variant exhibited slightly higher Cl-/H+ transport than ClC-5:S244L, but co-localized with early endosomes, suggesting decreased ClC-5:R345W membrane trafficking is perhaps in a fully functional form. The truncated ClC-5:Q629∗ variant displayed the lowest Cl-/H+ exchange and was retained in the endoplasmic reticulum and cis-Golgi, but not in early endosomes, suggesting the nonsense mutation affects ClC-5 maturation and trafficking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1464-1473
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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