A hydrophilic cation-binding protein of Arabidopsis thaliana, AtPCaP1, is localized to plasma membrane via N-myristoylation and interacts with calmodulin and the phosphatidylinositol phosphates PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) and PtdIns(3,5)P(2)

FEBS J. 2008 May;275(9):2267-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2008.06379.x. Epub 2008 Apr 3.


A hydrophilic cation-binding protein, PCaP1, was found to be stably bound to the plasma membrane in Arabidopsis thaliana. PCaP1 was quantified to account for 0.03-0.08% of the crude membrane fractions from roots and shoots. Its homologous protein was detected in several plant species. We investigated the mechanism of membrane association of PCaP1 by transient expression of fusion protein with green fluorescent protein. The amino-terminal sequence of 27 residues of PCaP1 had a potential to localize the fusion protein with green fluorescent protein to the plasma membrane, and the substitution of Gly at position 2 with Ala resulted in the cytoplasmic localization of PCaP1. When PCaP1 was expressed in the in vitro transcription/translation system with [(3)H]myristic acid, the label was incorporated into PCaP1, but not into a mutant PCaP1 with Gly2 replaced by Ala. These results indicate that PCaP1 tightly binds to the plasma membrane via N-myristoylation at Gly2. We examined the binding capacity with phosphatidylinositol phosphates (PtdInsPs), and found that PCaP1 selectively interacts with phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate and phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate. Competition assay with the N-terminal peptide and mutational analysis revealed that PCaP1 interacts with these two PtdInsPs at the N-terminal part. Interaction of PCaP1 with the membrane and PtdInsPs was not altered in the presence of Ca(2+) at physiological concentrations. Furthermore, calmodulin associated with PCaP1 in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner, and its association weakened the interaction of PCaP1 with PtdInsPs. These results indicate that the N-terminal part is essential for both N-myristoylation and interaction with PtdInsPs, and that PCaP1 may be involved in intracellular signalling through interaction with PtdInsPs and calmodulin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Arabidopsis / cytology
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / analysis
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / chemistry
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism*
  • Calcium-Binding Proteins / analysis
  • Calcium-Binding Proteins / chemistry
  • Calcium-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • Calcium-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Calmodulin / metabolism*
  • Carrier Proteins / chemistry
  • Carrier Proteins / genetics
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism
  • Cations / chemistry
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Myristic Acid / metabolism*
  • Phosphatidylinositol Phosphates / metabolism*
  • Plant Roots / cytology
  • Plant Roots / metabolism
  • Plant Shoots / cytology
  • Plant Shoots / metabolism
  • Recombinant Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Subcellular Fractions


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Calcium-Binding Proteins
  • Calmodulin
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Cations
  • PCaP1 protein, Arabidopsis
  • Phosphatidylinositol Phosphates
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate
  • phosphatidylinositol 3,5-diphosphate
  • Myristic Acid
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins