TBC1D18 is a Rab5-GAP that coordinates endosome maturation together with Mon1

Shu Hiragi, Takahide Matsui, Yuriko Sakamaki, Mitsunori Fukuda

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Rab5 and Rab7 are known to regulate endosome maturation, and a Rab5-to-Rab7 conversion mediated by a Rab7 activator, Mon1–Ccz1, is essential for progression of the maturation process. However, the importance and mechanism of Rab5 inactivation during endosome maturation are poorly understood. Here, we report a novel Rab5-GAP, TBC1D18, which is associated with Mon1 and mediates endosome maturation. We found that increased active Rab5 (Rab5 hyperactivation) in addition to reduced active Rab7 (Rab7 inactivation) occurs in the absence of Mon1. We present evidence showing that the severe defects in endosome maturation in Mon1-KO cells are attributable to Rab5 hyperactivation rather than to Rab7 inactivation. We then identified TBC1D18 as a Rab5-GAP by comprehensive screening of TBC-domain-containing Rab-GAPs. Expression of TBC1D18 in Mon1-KO cells rescued the defects in endosome maturation, whereas its depletion attenuated endosome formation and degradation of endocytosed cargos. Moreover, TBC1D18 was found to be associated with Mon1, and it localized in close proximity to lysosomes in a Mon1-dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202201114
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec 5


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