Identification and characterization of the single channel function of human mucolipin-1 implicated in mucolipidosis type IV, a disorder affecting the lysosomal pathway

FEBS Lett. 2002 Dec 4;532(1-2):183-7. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(02)03670-0.


Mucolipin-1 (MLN1) is a membrane protein with homology to the transient receptor potential channels and other non-selective cation channels. It is encoded by the MCOLN1 gene, which is mutated in patients with mucolipidosis type IV (MLIV), an autosomal recessive disease that is characterized by severe abnormalities in neurological development as well as by ophthalmologic defects. At the cellular level, MLIV is associated with abnormal lysosomal sorting and trafficking. Here we identify the channel function of human MLN1 and characterize its properties. MLN1 represents a novel Ca(2+)-permeable channel that is transiently modulated by changes in [Ca(2+)]. It is also permeable to Na(+) and K(+). Large unitary conductances were measured in the presence of these cations. With its Ca(2+) permeability and modulation by [Ca(2+)], MLN1 could play a major role in Ca(2+) transport regulating lysosomal exocytosis and potentially other phenomena related to the trafficking of late endosomes and lysosomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Cations / metabolism
  • Cell Membrane
  • Electric Conductivity
  • Humans
  • Ion Channels / genetics
  • Ion Channels / physiology*
  • Ion Transport
  • Ionomycin / pharmacology
  • Ionophores / pharmacology
  • Kinetics
  • Lysosomes / metabolism*
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology*
  • Mucolipidoses / genetics
  • Oocytes
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • TRPM Cation Channels
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels
  • Xenopus


  • Cations
  • Ion Channels
  • Ionophores
  • MCOLN1 protein, human
  • Membrane Proteins
  • TRPM Cation Channels
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels
  • Ionomycin
  • Calcium