DYRK3 phosphorylates SNAPIN to regulate axonal retrograde transport and neurotransmitter release

Ye Hyung Lee, Bo Kyoung Suh, Unghwi Lee, Seung Hyun Ryu, Sung Ryong Shin, Sunghoe Chang, Sang Ki Park, Kwang Chul Chung

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Among the five members of the dual-specificity tyrosine-phosphorylation-regulated kinase (DYRK) family, the cellular functions of DYRK3 have not been fully elucidated. Some studies have indicated limited physiological roles and substrates of DYRK3, including promotion of glioblastoma, requirement in influenza virus replication, and coupling of stress granule condensation with mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 signaling. Here, we demonstrate that serum deprivation causes a decrease in intracellular DYRK3 levels via the proteolytic autophagy pathway, as well as the suppression of DYRK3 gene expression. To further demonstrate how DYRK3 affects cell viability, especially in neurons, we used a yeast two-hybrid assay and identified multiple DYRK3-binding proteins, including SNAPIN, a SNARE-associated protein implicated in synaptic transmission. We also found that DYRK3 directly phosphorylates SNAPIN at the threonine (Thr) 14 residue, increasing the interaction of SNAPIN with other proteins such as dynein and synaptotagmin-1. In central nervous system neurons, SNAPIN is associated with and mediate the retrograde axonal transport of diverse cellular products from the distal axon terminal to the soma and the synaptic release of neurotransmitters, respectively. Moreover, phosphorylation of SNAPIN at Thr-14 was found to positively modulate mitochondrial retrograde transport in mouse cortical neurons and the recycling pool size of synaptic vesicles, contributing to neuronal viability. In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that DYRK3 phosphorylates SNAPIN, positively regulating the dynein-mediated retrograde transport of mitochondria and SNARE complex-mediated exocytosis of synaptic vesicles within the neurons. This finding further suggests that DYRK3 affects cell viability and provides a novel neuroprotective mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number503
JournalCell Death Discovery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Drs. H.S. Cho, W. Seol, M.J. Lee, K. Ahn, and Y.J. Oh for providing the plasmids and cell lines. This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea government (NRF-2021R1A2C1005469 to K.C.C.).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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