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Cvm1 is a component of multiple vacuolar contact sites required for sphingolipid homeostasis

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  • Daniel Bisinski, Osnabrück University, Germany
  • Inês G Castro, Weizmann Institute of Science
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  • Muriel Christel Mari
  • Sebastian Walter, Center of Cellular Nanoanalytics Osnabrück
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  • Florian Frohlich, Osnabrück University, Center of Cellular Nanoanalytics Osnabrück, Germany
  • Maya Schuldiner, Weizmann Inst Sci, Weizmann Institute of Science, Dept Earth & Planetary Sci, Israel
  • Ayelén González Montoro, Osnabrück University, Center of Cellular Nanoanalytics Osnabrück, Germany

Membrane contact sites are specialized platforms formed between most organelles that enable them to exchange metabolites and influence the dynamics of each other. The yeast vacuole is a degradative organelle equivalent to the lysosome in higher eukaryotes with important roles in ion homeostasis and metabolism. Using a high-content microscopy screen, we identified Ymr160w (Cvm1, for contact of the vacuole membrane 1) as a novel component of three different contact sites of the vacuole: with the nuclear endoplasmic reticulum, the mitochondria, and the peroxisomes. At the vacuole-mitochondria contact site, Cvm1 acts as a tether independently of previously known tethers. We show that changes in Cvm1 levels affect sphingolipid homeostasis, altering the levels of multiple sphingolipid classes and the response of sphingolipid-sensing signaling pathways. Furthermore, the contact sites formed by Cvm1 are induced upon a decrease in sphingolipid levels. Altogether, our work identifies a novel protein that forms multiple contact sites and supports a role of lysosomal contacts in sphingolipid homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202103048
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

    Research areas

  • Homeostasis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins/genetics, Saccharomyces cerevisiae/genetics, Sphingolipids/metabolism, Vacuoles/metabolism

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