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Front. Cell Dev. Biol. | doi: 10.3389/fcell.2019.00160

The Golgin Protein Giantin Regulates Interconnections Between Golgi Stacks

 Ayano Satoh1*,  Mitsuko Hayashi-Nishino2, Takuto Shakuno1, Junko Masuda1, Mayuko Koreishi1, Runa Murakami1,  Yoshimasa Nakamura1, Toshiyuki Nakamura1, Naomi Abe-Kanoh1, 3, Yasuko Honjo4, Joerg Malsam5, Sidney Yu6 and  Kunihiko Nishino2
  • 1Okayama University, Japan
  • 2Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, Japan
  • 3Tokushima University, Japan
  • 4Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • 5Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 6The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Golgins are a family of Golgi-localized long coiled-coil proteins. The major golgin function is thought to be the tethering of vesicles, membranes, and cytoskeletal elements to the Golgi. We previously showed that knockdown of one of the longest golgins, Giantin, altered the glycosylation patterns of cell surfaces and the kinetics of cargo transport, suggesting that Giantin maintains correct glycosylation through slowing down transport within the Golgi. Giantin knockdown also altered the sizes and numbers of mini Golgi stacks generated by microtubule de-polymerization, suggesting that it maintains the independence of individual Golgi stacks. Therefore, it is presumed that Golgi stacks lose their independence following Giantin knockdown, allowing easier and possibly increased transport among stacks and abnormal glycosylation. To gain structural insights into the independence of Golgi stacks, we herein performed electron tomography and 3D modeling of Golgi stacks in Giantin knockdown cells. Compared with control cells, Giantin-knockdown cells had fewer fenestrae within each cisterna. This was supported by data showing that the diffusion rate of Golgi membrane proteins is faster in Giantin-knockdown Golgi, indicating that Giantin knockdown structurally and functionally increases connectivity among Golgi cisternae and stacks. This increased connectivity suggests that contrary to current understanding, Giantin instead inhibits the tether and fusion of nearby Golgi cisternae and stacks, resulting in transport difficulties between stacks that may enable the correct glycosylation of proteins and lipids passing through the Golgi.

Keywords: electron tomography, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Glycosylation, Golgins, Golgi

Received: 18 Mar 2019; Accepted: 29 Jul 2019.

Edited by:

Yanzhuang Wang, University of Michigan, United States

Reviewed by:

Martin Lowe, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Nobuhiro Nakamura, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
Suzanne Pfeffer, Stanford University, United States  

Copyright: © 2019 Satoh, Hayashi-Nishino, Shakuno, Masuda, Koreishi, Murakami, Nakamura, Nakamura, Abe-Kanoh, Honjo, Malsam, Yu and Nishino. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Ayano Satoh, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan,