Proximity-dependent Proteomics Reveals Extensive Interactions of Protocadherin-19 with Regulators of Rho GTPases and the Microtubule Cytoskeleton

Neuroscience. 2021 Jan 1;452:26-36. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.09.033. Epub 2020 Oct 1.


Protocadherin-19 belongs to the cadherin family of cell surface receptors and has been shown to play essential roles in the development of the vertebrate nervous system. Mutations in human Protocadherin-19 (PCDH19) lead to PCDH19 Female-limited epilepsy (PCDH19 FLE) in humans, characterized by the early onset of epileptic seizures in children and a range of cognitive and behavioral problems in adults. Despite being considered the second most prevalent gene in epilepsy, very little is known about the intercellular pathways in which it participates. In order to characterize the protein complexes within which Pcdh19 functions, we generated Pcdh19-BioID fusion proteins and utilized proximity-dependent biotinylation to identify neighboring proteins. Proteomic identification and analysis revealed that the Pcdh19 interactome is enriched in proteins that regulate Rho family GTPases, microtubule binding proteins and proteins that regulate cell divisions. We cloned the centrosomal protein Nedd1 and the RacGEF Dock7 and verified their interactions with Pcdh19 in vitro. Our findings provide the first comprehensive insights into the interactome of Pcdh19, and provide a platform for future investigations into the cellular and molecular biology of this protein critical to the proper development of the nervous system.

Keywords: cell adhesion; proteomics; protocadherin.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cadherins / metabolism
  • Child
  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism
  • Epilepsy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Microtubules / metabolism
  • Proteomics
  • Protocadherins
  • rho GTP-Binding Proteins*


  • Cadherins
  • PCDH19 protein, human
  • Protocadherins
  • rho GTP-Binding Proteins