TPC1 has two variant isoforms, and their removal has different effects on endo-lysosomal functions compared to loss of TPC2

Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Nov;34(21):3981-92. doi: 10.1128/MCB.00113-14. Epub 2014 Aug 18.


Organelle ion homeostasis within the endo-lysosomal system is critical for physiological functions. Two-pore channels (TPCs) are cation channels that reside in endo-lysosomal organelles, and overexpression results in endo-lysosomal trafficking defects. However, the impact of a lack of TPC expression on endo-lysosomal trafficking is unknown. Here, we characterize Tpcn1 expression in two transgenic mouse lines (Tpcn1(XG716) and Tpcn1(T159)) and show expression of a novel evolutionarily conserved Tpcn1B transcript from an alternative promoter, raising important questions regarding the status of Tpcn1 expression in mice recently described to be Tpcn1 knockouts. We show that the transgenic Tpcn1(T159) line lacks expression of both Tpcn1 isoforms in all tissues analyzed. Using mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) from Tpcn1(-/-) and Tpcn2(-/-) animals, we show that a lack of Tpcn1 or Tpcn2 expression has no significant impact on resting endo-lysosomal pH or morphology. However, differential effects in endo-lysosomal function were observed upon the loss of Tpcn1 or Tpcn2 expression; thus, while Tpcn1(-/-) MEFs have impaired trafficking of cholera toxin from the plasma membrane to the Golgi apparatus, Tpcn2(-/-) MEFs show slower kinetics of ligand-induced platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ) degradation, which is dependent on trafficking to lysosomes. Our findings indicate that TPC1 and TPC2 have important but distinct roles in the endo-lysosomal pathway.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Calcium Channels / genetics*
  • Calcium Channels / metabolism*
  • Cell Membrane / physiology
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cholera Toxin / metabolism
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Gene Knockout Techniques
  • Golgi Apparatus / physiology
  • Lysosomes / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Protein Isoforms / genetics
  • Protein Isoforms / metabolism
  • Receptor, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor beta / metabolism


  • Calcium Channels
  • Protein Isoforms
  • TPCN1 protein, mouse
  • TPCN2 protein, mouse
  • Cholera Toxin
  • Receptor, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor beta