Plant G proteins interact with endoplasmic reticulum luminal protein receptors to regulate endoplasmic reticulum retrieval

J Integr Plant Biol. 2018 Jul;60(7):541-561. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12648. Epub 2018 May 23.


Maintaining endoplasmic reticulum (ER) homeostasis is essential for the production of biomolecules. ER retrieval, i.e., the retrograde transport of compounds from the Golgi to the ER, is one of the pathways that ensures ER homeostasis. However, the mechanisms underlying the regulation of ER retrieval in plants remain largely unknown. Plant ERD2-like proteins (ERD2s) were recently suggested to function as ER luminal protein receptors that mediate ER retrieval. Here, we demonstrate that heterotrimeric G protein signaling is involved in ERD2-mediated ER retrieval. We show that ERD2s interact with the heterotrimeric G protein Gα and Gγ subunits at the Golgi. Silencing of Gα, Gβ, or Gγ increased the retention of ER luminal proteins. Furthermore, overexpression of Gα, Gβ, or Gγ caused ER luminal proteins to escape from the ER, as did the co-silencing of ERD2a and ERD2b. These results suggest that G proteins interact with ER luminal protein receptors to regulate ER retrieval.

MeSH terms

  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / metabolism*
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Gene Silencing
  • Golgi Apparatus / metabolism
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Multimerization
  • Protein Subunits / metabolism
  • Tobacco / metabolism*


  • Plant Proteins
  • Protein Subunits
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • GTP-Binding Proteins