Prestin topology: Localization of protein epitopes in relation to the plasma membrane

Jing Zheng*, Kevin B. Long, Weixing Shen, Laird D. Madison, Peter Dallos

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Computer modeling of the outer hair cell (OHC) motor protein prestin produces ambiguous results regarding transmembrane regions and localization of its termini. To determine the location of prestin's N- and C-termini, we created prestin constructs with synthetic epitopes located immediately upstream or downstream of prestin. The spatial distribution of these epitopes was studied in prestin-transfected cells using immunofluorescence. In permeabilized cells, antibodies label the plasma membrane of 30% of the cells, reflecting transfection efficiency. Under non-permeabilizing conditions, the few labeled cells also displayed a lack of plasma membrane integrity. These data suggest that prestin's N-and C-termini are cytoplasmic. Furthermore, prestin staining in OHCs was observed only under permeabilizing conditions. These results implicate prestin's N- and C-termini as portions that may interact with other cytoplasmic proteins. A model of prestin membrane topology is also considered based on the results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1929-1935
Number of pages7
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 3 2001


  • Anion transporters
  • DRA
  • Outer hair cells
  • PDS
  • Prestin
  • SLC26A6
  • Topology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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