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J. Biol. Chem. 277 (50): 48931-48937

© 2002 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

Interaction of Cofilin with Triose-phosphate Isomerase Contributes Glycolytic Fuel for Na,K-ATPase via Rho-mediated Signaling Pathway*

Jaehoon Jung{ddagger}§, Taesook Yoon{ddagger}, Eung Chil Choi§, , and Kyunglim Lee{ddagger}||

From the {ddagger}College of Pharmacy, Center for Cell Signaling Research and Division of Molecular Life Sciences, Ewha Woman's University, Seoul 120-750, Korea and the §College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151 742, Korea

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Abstract: We reported previously that cofilin, an actin-binding protein, interacts with Na,K-ATPase and enhances its activity (Lee, K., Jung, J., Kim, M., and Guidotti, G. (2001)Biochem. J. 353, 377–385). To understand the nature of this interaction and the role of cofilin in the regulation of Na,K-ATPase activity, we searched for cofilin-binding proteins in the rat skeletal muscle cDNA library using the yeast two-hybrid system. Several cDNA clones were isolated, some of which coded for triose-phosphate isomerase, a glycolytic enzyme. The interaction of cofilin with triose-phosphate isomerase as well as Na,K-ATPase was confirmed by immunoprecipitation and confocal microscopy in HeLa cells. Cofilin was translocated to the plasma membrane along with triose-phosphate isomerase by the Rho activator lysophosphatidic acid but not by the p160 Rho-associated kinase inhibitor Y-27632, suggesting that the phosphorylated form of cofilin bound to TPI interacts with Na,K-ATPase. Ouabain-sensitive 86Rb+ uptake showed that Na,K-ATPase activity was increased by the overexpression of cofilin and lysophosphatidic acid treatment, but not by the overexpression of mutant cofilin S3A and Y-27632 treatment. Pretreatment with the glycolytic inhibitor iodoacetic acid caused a remarkable reduction of Na,K-ATPase activity, whereas pretreatment with the oxidative inhibitor carbonyl cyanidem-chlorophenylhydrazone caused no detectable changes, suggesting that the phosphorylated cofilin is involved in feeding glycolytic fuel for Na,K-ATPase activity. These findings provide a novel molecular mechanism for the regulation of Na,K-ATPase activity and for the nature of the functional coupling of cellular energy transduction.


Received for publication August 28, 2002.


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