EMBO reports

Intersectin-s interaction with DENND2B facilitates recycling of epidermal growth factor receptor.

PMID 29030480


Epidermal growth factor (EGF) activates the EGF receptor (EGFR) and stimulates its internalization and trafficking to lysosomes for degradation. However, a percentage of EGFR undergoes ligand-independent endocytosis and is rapidly recycled back to the plasma membrane. Importantly, alterations in EGFR recycling are a common hallmark of cancer, and yet, our understanding of the machineries controlling the fate of endocytosed EGFR is incomplete. Intersectin-s is a multi-domain adaptor protein that is required for internalization of EGFR Here, we discover that intersectin-s binds DENND2B, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the exocytic GTPase Rab13, and this interaction promotes recycling of ligand-free EGFR to the cell surface. Intriguingly, upon EGF treatment, DENND2B is phosphorylated by protein kinase D and dissociates from intersectin-s, allowing for receptor targeting to degradation. Our study thus reveals a novel mechanism controlling the fate of internalized EGFR with important implications for cancer.