Histochemistry and Cell Biology

, Volume 147, Issue 4, pp 439–451 | Cite as

Functional characterisation of the YIPF protein family in mammalian cells

  • Tilen Kranjc
  • Eugene Dempsey
  • Gerard Cagney
  • Nobuhiro Nakamura
  • Denis C. Shields
  • Jeremy C. Simpson
Original Paper


In this study, we carry out a systematic characterisation of the YIPF family of proteins with respect to their subcellular localisation profile, membrane topology and functional effects on the endomembrane system. YIPF proteins primarily localise to the Golgi complex and can be grouped into trans-Golgi-localising YIPFs (YIPF1 and YIPF2) and cis-Golgi-localising YIPFs (YIPF3, YIPF4 and YIPF5), with YIPF6 and YIPF7 showing a broader profile being distributed throughout the Golgi stack. YIPF proteins have a long soluble N-terminal region, which is orientated towards the cytosol, followed by 5 closely stacked transmembrane domains, and a C terminus, orientated towards the lumen of the Golgi. The significance of YIPF proteins for the maintenance of the morphology of the Golgi was tested by RNA interference, revealing a number of specific morphological changes to this organelle on their depletion. We propose a role for this family of proteins in regulating membrane dynamics in the endomembrane system.


YIPF Transmembrane proteins Subcellular localisation Membrane traffic Golgi apparatus 



This work was partly funded by The Irish Research Council (IRC), the UCD Bioinformatics and Systems Biology PhD programme, and a Principal Investigator (PI) Grant (09/IN.1/B2604) from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to JCS. This work was carried out in the UCD Cell Screening Laboratory, supported by a grant from the UCD College of Science. The authors thank Maeve Long, George Galea and Mariana G. Bexiga for valuable feedback and discussion.

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The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biology and Environmental ScienceUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland
  2. 2.UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical ResearchUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland
  3. 3.School of Biomolecular and Biomedical ScienceUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland
  4. 4.Department of Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Life SciencesKyoto Sangyo UniversityKyotoJapan
  5. 5.School of Medicine and Medical ScienceUniversity College DublinDublin 4Ireland
  6. 6.Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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