Protein & Cell

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 153–159 | Cite as

Overexpression of sigma-1 receptor inhibits ADAM10 and ADAM17 mediated shedding in vitro

  • Juan Li
  • Bin Liu
  • Xiaofei Gao
  • Zhixing Ma
  • Tianyi CaoSong
  • Yan-ai Mei
  • Yufang ZhengEmail author
Research Article


The sigma-1 receptor is a molecular chaperone protein highly enriched in the brain. Recent studies linked it to many diseases, such as drug addition, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, depression, and even cancer. Sigma-1 receptor is enriched in lipid rafts, which are membrane microdomains essential in signaling processes. One of those signaling processes is ADAM17- and ADAM10-dependent ectodomain shedding. By using an alkaline phosphatase tagged substrate reporter system, we have shown that ADAM10-dependent BTC shedding was very sensitive to both membrane lipid component change and sigma-1 receptor agonist DHEAS treatment while ADAM17-dependent HB-EGF shedding was not; and overexpression of sigma-1 receptor diminished ADAM17- and ADAM10-dependent shedding. Our results indicate that sigma-1 receptor plays an important role in modifying the function of transmembrane proteases.


sigma-1 receptor ADAM17 ADAM10 shedding lipid raft 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Li
    • 1
  • Bin Liu
    • 1
  • Xiaofei Gao
    • 1
  • Zhixing Ma
    • 1
  • Tianyi CaoSong
    • 1
  • Yan-ai Mei
    • 1
  • Yufang Zheng
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

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