Phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase regulates early endosomal dynamics during clathrin-mediated endocytosis

J Cell Sci. 2017 Jul 1;130(13):2119-2133. doi: 10.1242/jcs.202259. Epub 2017 May 15.


Endocytic turnover is essential for the regulation of the protein composition and function of the plasma membrane, and thus affects the plasma membrane levels of many receptors. In Drosophila melanogaster photoreceptors, photon absorption by the G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) rhodopsin 1 (Rh1; also known as NinaE) triggers its endocytosis through clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). We find that CME of Rh1 is regulated by phosphatidylinositol 5 phosphate 4-kinase (PIP4K). Flies lacking PIP4K show mislocalization of Rh1 on expanded endomembranes within the cell body. This mislocalization of Rh1 was dependent on the formation of an expanded Rab5-positive compartment. The Rh1-trafficking defect in PIP4K-depleted cells could be suppressed by downregulating Rab5 function or by selectively reconstituting PIP4K in the PI3P-enriched early endosomal compartment of photoreceptors. We also found that loss of PIP4K was associated with increased CME and an enlarged Rab5-positive compartment in cultured Drosophila cells. Collectively, our findings define PIP4K as a novel regulator of early endosomal homeostasis during CME.

Keywords: Drosophila; Endosome; Phosphoinositide kinase; Photoreceptor.

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane / genetics
  • Clathrin / metabolism
  • Drosophila Proteins / genetics*
  • Drosophila Proteins / metabolism
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics
  • Endocytosis / genetics*
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / genetics*
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor) / metabolism
  • Photoreceptor Cells, Invertebrate / metabolism
  • Rhodopsin / genetics*
  • Rhodopsin / metabolism
  • rab5 GTP-Binding Proteins / genetics*


  • Clathrin
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • ninaE protein, Drosophila
  • Rhodopsin
  • Phosphotransferases (Alcohol Group Acceptor)
  • Rab5 protein, Drosophila
  • rab5 GTP-Binding Proteins