Phosphorylation of serine 4642 in the C-terminus of plectin by MNK2 and PKA modulates its interaction with intermediate filaments

Jamal Eddine Bouameur, Yann Schneider, Nadja Begre, Ryan P. Hobbs, Prakash Lingasamy, Lionel Fontao, Kathleen J. Green, Bertrand Favre*, Luca Borradori

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Plectin is a versatile cytolinker of the plakin family conferring cell resilience to mechanical stress in stratified epithelia and muscles. It acts as a critical organizer of the cytoskeletal system by tethering various intermediate filament (IF) networks through its C-terminal IFbinding domain (IFBD). Mutations affecting the IFBD cause devastating human diseases. Here, we show that serine 4642, which is located in the extreme C-terminus of plectin, is phosphorylated in different cell lines. Phosphorylation of S4642 decreased the ability of plectin IFBD to associate with various IFs, as assessed by immunofluorescence microscopy and cell fractionation studies, as well as in yeast two-hybrid assays. Plectin phosphorylated at S4642 was reduced at sites of IF network anchorage along cell-substrate contacts in both skin and cultured keratinocytes. Treatment of SK-MEL-2 and HeLa cells with okadaic acid increased plectin S4642 phosphorylation, suggesting that protein phosphatase 2A dephosphorylates this residue. Moreover, plectin S4642 phosphorylation was enhanced after cell treatment with EGF, phorbol ester, sorbitol and 8-bromo-cyclic AMP, as well as during wound healing and proteasemediated cell detachment. Using selective protein kinase inhibitors, we identified two different kinases that modulate the phosphorylation of plectin S4642 in HeLa cells: MNK2, which is downstream of the ERK1/2-dependent MAPK cascade, and PKA. Our study indicates that phosphorylation of S4642 has an important regulatory role in the interaction of plectin with IFs and identifies a novel link between MNK2 and the cytoskeleton.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4195-4207
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of cell science
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2013


  • Cytoskeleton
  • Intermediate filaments
  • Plakin
  • Plectin
  • Protein phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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