STXBP1 promotes Weibel-Palade body exocytosis through its interaction with the Rab27A effector Slp4-a
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
New York, N.Y.
Blood / American Society of Hematology. - New York, N.Y.
, p. 3185-3194
University of Antwerp
Vascular endothelial cells contain unique rod-shaped secretory organelles, called Weibel-Palade bodies (WPBs), which contain the hemostatic protein von Willebrand factor (VWF) and a cocktail of angiogenic and inflammatory mediators. We have shown that the Rab27A effector synaptotagmin-like protein 4-a (Slp4-a) plays a critical role in regulating hormone-evoked WPB exocytosis. Using a nonbiased proteomic screen for targets for Slp4-a, we now identify syntaxin-binding protein 1 (STXBP1) and syntaxin-2 and -3 as endogenous Slp4-a binding partners in endothelial cells. Coimmunoprecipitations showed that STXBP1 interacts with syntaxin-2 and -3, but not with syntaxin-4. Small interfering RNA-mediated silencing of STXBP1 expression impaired histamine- and forskolin-induced VWF secretion. To further substantiate the role of STXBP1, we isolated blood outgrowth endothelial cells (BOECs) from an early infantile epileptic encephalopathy type 4 (EIEE4) patient carrying a de novo mutation in STXBP1. STXBP1-haploinsufficient EIEE4 BOECs contained similar numbers of morphologically normal WPBs compared with control BOECs of healthy donors; however, EIEE4 BOECs displayed significantly impaired histamine- and forskolin-stimulated VWF secretion. Based on these findings, we propose that the Rab27A-Slp4-a complex on WPB promotes exocytosis through an interaction with STXBP1, thereby controlling the release of vaso-active substances in the vasculature.