BBA - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids (v.1861, #8PB)

The cellular lipid landscape by Anant K. Menon; Tim P. Levine (755-756).

Lipid topogenesis — 35 years on by Neha Chauhan; Luce Farine; Kalpana Pandey; Anant K. Menon; Peter Bütikofer (757-766).
Glycerophospholipids are the principal fabric of cellular membranes. The pathways by which these lipids are synthesized were elucidated mainly through the work of Kennedy and colleagues in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Subsequently, attention turned to cell biological aspects of lipids: Where in the cell are lipids synthesized? How are lipids integrated into membranes to form a bilayer? How are they sorted and transported from their site of synthesis to other cellular destinations? These topics, collectively termed ‘lipid topogenesis’, were the subject of a review article in 1981 by Bell, Ballas and Coleman. We now assess what has been learned about early events of lipid topogenesis, i.e. “lipid synthesis, the integration of lipids into membranes, and lipid translocation across membranes”, in the 35 years since the publication of this important review. We highlight the recent elucidation of the X-ray structures of key membrane enzymes of glycerophospholipid synthesis, progress on identifying lipid scramblase proteins needed to equilibrate lipids across membranes, and new complexities in the subcellular location and membrane topology of phosphatidylinositol synthesis revealed through a comparison of two unicellular model eukaryotes. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.Display Omitted
Keywords: CDP-alcohol; Endoplasmic reticulum; Kennedy pathway; Membrane protein; Phospholipid; Scramblase;

On the molecular mechanism of flippase- and scramblase-mediated phospholipid transport by Cédric Montigny; Joseph Lyons; Philippe Champeil; Poul Nissen; Guillaume Lenoir (767-783).
Phospholipid flippases are key regulators of transbilayer lipid asymmetry in eukaryotic cell membranes, critical to many trafficking and signaling pathways. P4-ATPases, in particular, are responsible for the uphill transport of phospholipids from the exoplasmic to the cytosolic leaflet of the plasma membrane, as well as membranes of the late secretory/endocytic pathways, thereby establishing transbilayer asymmetry. Recent studies combining cell biology and biochemical approaches have improved our understanding of the path taken by lipids through P4-ATPases. Additionally, identification of several protein families catalyzing phospholipid ‘scrambling’, i.e. disruption of phospholipid asymmetry through energy-independent bi-directional phospholipid transport, as well as the recent report of the structure of such a scramblase, opens the way to a deeper characterization of their mechanism of action. Here, we discuss the molecular nature of the mechanism by which lipids may ‘flip’ across membranes, with an emphasis on active lipid transport catalyzed by P4-ATPases. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.Display Omitted
Keywords: Transbilayer lipid transport; P4-ATPases; Scramblases; Cdc50 proteins; Molecular mechanism; Regulation;

Taming the sphinx: Mechanisms of cellular sphingolipid homeostasis by D.K. Olson; F. Fröhlich; R.V. Farese; T.C. Walther (784-792).
Sphingolipids are important structural membrane components of eukaryotic cells, and potent signaling molecules. As such, their levels must be maintained to optimize cellular functions in different cellular membranes. Here, we review the current knowledge of homeostatic sphingolipid regulation. We describe recent studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae that have provided insights into how cells sense changes in sphingolipid levels in the plasma membrane and acutely regulate sphingolipid biosynthesis by altering signaling pathways. We also discuss how cellular trafficking has emerged as an important determinant of sphingolipid homeostasis. Finally, we highlight areas where work is still needed to elucidate the mechanisms of sphingolipid regulation and the physiological functions of such regulatory networks, especially in mammalian cells. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Sphingolipid; Sphingolipid metabolism; Regulation;

Lipid droplets, lipophagy, and beyond by Chao-Wen Wang (793-805).
Lipids are essential components for life. Their various structural and physical properties influence diverse cellular processes and, thereby, human health. Lipids are not genetically encoded but are synthesized and modified by complex metabolic pathways, supplying energy, membranes, signaling molecules, and hormones to affect growth, physiology, and response to environmental insults. Lipid homeostasis is crucial, such that excess fatty acids (FAs) can be harmful to cells. To prevent such lipotoxicity, cells convert excess FAs into neutral lipids for storage in organelles called lipid droplets (LDs). These organelles do not simply manage lipid storage and metabolism but also are involved in protein quality management, pathogenesis, immune responses, and, potentially, neurodegeneration. In recent years, a major trend in LD biology has centered around the physiology of lipid mobilization via lipophagy of fat stored within LDs. This review summarizes key findings in LD biology and lipophagy, offering novel insights into this rapidly growing field. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Lipid droplet; Lipid homeostasis; Lipolysis; Lipophagy; Triacylglycerol; Sterol;

Transmembrane voltage: Potential to induce lateral microdomains by Jan Malinsky; Widmar Tanner; Miroslava Opekarova (806-811).
Lateral segregation of plasma membrane lipids is a generally accepted phenomenon. Lateral lipid microdomains of specific composition, structure and biological functions are established as a result of simultaneous action of several competing mechanisms which contribute to membrane organization. Various lines of evidence support the conclusion that among those mechanisms, the membrane potential plays significant and to some extent unique role. Above all, clear differences in the microdomain structure as revealed by fluorescence microscopy could be recognized between polarized and depolarized membranes. In addition, recent fluorescence spectroscopy experiments reported depolarization-induced changes in a membrane lipid order. In the context of earlier findings showing that plasma membranes of depolarized cells are less susceptible to detergents and the cells less sensitive to antibiotics or antimycotics treatment we discuss a model, in which membrane potential-driven re-organization of the microdomain structure contributes to maintaining membrane integrity during response to stress, pathogen attack and other challenges involving partial depolarization of the plasma membrane.This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Membrane microdomains; Membrane structure; Lipid phase; Membrane potential; Plasma membrane; Fluorescence microscopy;

Detectors for evaluating the cellular landscape of sphingomyelin- and cholesterol-rich membrane domains by Takuma Kishimoto; Reiko Ishitsuka; Toshihide Kobayashi (812-829).
Although sphingomyelin and cholesterol are major lipids of mammalian cells, the detailed distribution of these lipids in cellular membranes remains still obscure. However, the recent development of protein probes that specifically bind sphingomyelin and/or cholesterol provides new information about the landscape of the lipid domains that are enriched with sphingomyelin or cholesterol or both. Here, we critically summarize the tools to study distribution and dynamics of sphingomyelin and cholesterol. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.Display Omitted
Keywords: Lipid domains; Lipid imaging; Perfringolysin O; Lysenin; Equinatoxin II; Aegerolysin;

Roles for lipid heterogeneity in immunoreceptor signaling by David Holowka; Barbara Baird (830-836).
Immune receptors that specifically recognize foreign antigens to activate leukocytes in adaptive immune responses belong to a family of multichain cell surface proteins. All of these contain immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motifs in one or more subunits that initiate signaling cascades following stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation by Src-family kinases. As highlighted in this review, lipids participate in this initial activation step, as well as in more downstream signaling steps. We summarize evidence for cholesterol-dependent ordered lipids serving to regulate the store-operated Ca2 + channel, Orai1, and we describe the sensitivity of Orai1 coupling to the ER Ca2 + sensor, STIM1, to inhibition by polyunsaturated fatty acids. Phosphoinositides play key roles in regulating STIM1-Orai1 coupling, as well as in the stimulated Ca2 + oscillations that are a consequence of IgE receptor signaling in mast cells. They also participate in the coupling between the plasma membrane and the actin cytoskeleton, which regulates immune receptor responses in T cells, B cells, and mast cells, both positively and negatively, depending on the cellular context. Recent studies show that other phospholipids with mostly saturated acylation also participate in coupling between receptors and the actin cytoskeleton. Lipid heterogeneity is a central feature of the intimate relationship between the plasma membrane and the actin cytoskeleton. The detailed nature of these interactions and how they are dynamically regulated to initiate and propagate receptor-mediated cell signaling are challenging questions for further investigation. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Liquid ordered lipids; Phosphoinositides; Calcium mobilization; Actin cytoskeleton; Critical fluctuations; IgE receptors;

Sensing membrane thickness: Lessons learned from cold stress by Emilio Saita; Daniela Albanesi; Diego de Mendoza (837-846).
The lipid bilayer component of biological membranes is important for the distribution, organization, and function of bilayer spanning proteins. These physical barriers are subjected to bilayer perturbations. As a consequence, nature has evolved proteins that are able to sense changes in the bilayer properties and transform these lipid-mediated stimuli into intracellular signals. A structural feature that most signal-transducing membrane-embedded proteins have in common is one or more α-helices that traverse the lipid bilayer. Because of the interaction with the surrounding lipids, the organization of these transmembrane helices will be sensitive to membrane properties, like hydrophobic thickness. The helices may adapt to the lipids in different ways, which in turn can influence the structure and function of the intact membrane proteins. We review recent insights into the molecular basis of thermosensing via changes in membrane thickness and consider examples in which the hydrophobic matching can be demonstrated using reconstituted membrane systems. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Membrane thickness; Transmembrane signaling; Thermosensing;

The amphipathic helical (AH) membrane binding motif is recognized as a major device for lipid compositional sensing [1]. We explore the function and mechanism of sensing by the lipid biosynthetic enzyme, CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase (CCT). As the regulatory enzyme in phosphatidylcholine (PC) synthesis, CCT contributes to membrane PC homeostasis. CCT directly binds and inserts into the surface of bilayers that are deficient in PC and therefore enriched in lipids that enhance surface charge and/or create lipid packing voids. These two membrane physical properties induce the folding of the CCT M domain into a ≥ 60 residue AH. Membrane binding activates catalysis by a mechanism that has been partially deciphered. We review the evidence for CCT compositional sensing, and the membrane and protein determinants for lipid selective membrane-interactions. We consider the factors that promote the binding of CCT isoforms to the membranes of the ER, nuclear envelope, or lipid droplets, but exclude CCT from other organelles and the plasma membrane. The CCT sensing mechanism is compared with several other proteins that use an AH motif for membrane compositional sensing. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.Display Omitted
Keywords: Amphitropism; Cytidylyltransferase; Amphipathic helix; Membrane surface; Lipid sensing;

The phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2)–Ca2+ signaling system is important for cell activation in response to various extracellular stimuli. This signaling system is initiated by receptor-induced hydrolysis of PI(4,5)P2 in the plasma membrane (PM) to generate the soluble second messenger inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3). IP3 subsequently triggers the release of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) store to the cytosol to activate Ca2+-mediated responses, such as secretion and proliferation. The consumed PM PI(4,5)P2 and ER Ca2+ must be quickly restored to sustain signaling responses, and to maintain the homeostasis of PI(4,5)P2 and Ca2+. Since phosphatidylinositol (PI), the precursor lipid for PM PI(4,5)P2, is synthesized in the ER membrane, and a Ca2+ influx across the PM is required to refill the ER Ca2+ store, efficient communications between the ER and the PM are critical for the homeostatic regulation of the PI(4,5)P2–Ca2+ signaling system. This review describes the major findings that established the framework of the PI(4,5)P2–Ca2+ signaling system, and recent discoveries on feedback control mechanisms at ER–PM junctions that sustain the PI(4,5)P2–Ca2+ signaling system. Particular emphasis is placed on the characterization of ER–PM junctions where efficient communications between the ER and the PM occur, and the activation mechanisms of proteins that dynamically localize to ER–PM junctions to provide the feedback control during PI(4,5)P2–Ca2+ signaling, including the ER Ca2+ sensor STIM1, the extended synaptotagmin E-Syt1, and the PI transfer protein Nir2. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: ER–PM junctions; PI(4,5)P2–Ca2+ signaling; Nir2; PI cycle; ESyt1; SOCE;

Recent advances in membrane contact site (MCS) biology have revealed key roles for MCSs in inter-organellar exchange, the importance of which is becoming increasingly apparent. Roles for MCSs in many essential physiological processes including lipid transfer, calcium exchange, receptor tyrosine kinase signalling, lipid droplet formation, autophagosome formation, organelle dynamics and neurite outgrowth have been reported. The ER forms an extensive and dynamic network of MCSs with a diverse range of functionally distinct organelles. MCSs between the ER and endocytic pathway are particularly abundant, suggesting important physiological roles. Here, our current knowledge of the formation and function of ER contact sites with endocytic organelles from studies in mammalian systems is reviewed. Their relatively poorly defined molecular composition and recently identified functions are discussed. In addition, likely, but yet to be established, roles for these contacts in lipid transfer and calcium signalling are considered. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Endosome; Endoplasmic reticulum; Membrane contact site; Lipid transport;

Lipid transfer and metabolism across the endolysosomal–mitochondrial boundary by Tiziana Daniele; Maria Vittoria Schiaffino (880-894).
Lysosomes and mitochondria occupy a central stage in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis, by playing complementary roles in nutrient sensing and energy metabolism. Specifically, these organelles function as signaling hubs that integrate environmental and endogenous stimuli with specific metabolic responses. In particular, they control various lipid biosynthetic and degradative pipelines, either directly or indirectly, by regulating major cellular metabolic pathways, and by physical and functional connections established with each other and with other organelles. Membrane contact sites allow the exchange of ions and molecules between organelles, even without membrane fusion, and are privileged routes for lipid transfer among different membrane compartments. These inter-organellar connections typically involve the endoplasmic reticulum. Direct membrane contacts have now been described also between lysosomes, autophagosomes, lipid droplets, and mitochondria. This review focuses on these recently identified membrane contact sites, and on their role in lipid biosynthesis, exchange, turnover and catabolism. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Lysosomes; Melanosomes; Mitochondria; Autophagosomes; Lipid droplets; Membrane contact sites;

Intracellular pathogens survive and replicate within specialised membrane-bound compartments that can be considered as pseudo-organelles. Using the obligate intracellular bacterium Chlamydia as an illustrative example, we consider the modes of lipid transport between pathogen-containing compartments and host organelles, including the formation of static membrane contact sites. We discuss how lipid scavenging can be mediated via the reprogramming of cellular transporters at these interfaces and describe recent data suggesting that pathogen effectors modulate the formation of specific membrane contacts. Further study of these emerging mechanisms is likely to yield new insights into the cell biology of lipid transport and organelle communication, which highlights potential new targets and strategies for future therapeutics. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Pathogen; Membrane contact; Organelle; Type III secretion; Lipid;

The ER–mitochondria organizing network (ERMIONE) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is involved in maintaining mitochondrial morphology and lipid homeostasis. ERMES and MICOS are two scaffolding complexes of ERMIONE that contribute to these processes. ERMES is ancient but has been lost in several lineages including animals, plants, and SAR (stramenopiles, alveolates and rhizaria). On the other hand, MICOS is ancient and has remained present in all organisms bearing mitochondrial cristae. The ERMIONE precursor evolved in the α-proteobacterial ancestor of mitochondria which had the central subunit of MICOS, Mic60. The subsequent evolution of ERMIONE and its interactors in eukaryotes reflects the integrative co-evolution of mitochondria and their hosts and the adaptive paths that some lineages have followed in their specialization to certain environments. By approaching the ERMIONE from a perspective of comparative evolutionary cell biology, we hope to shed light on not only its evolutionary history, but also how ERMIONE components may function in organisms other than S. cerevisiae. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: ERMES; ERMIONE; MICOS; MCS; Membrane contact sites; Evolutionary cell biology;

The tubular lipid-binding (TULIP) superfamily has emerged in recent years as a major mediator of lipid sensing and transport in eukaryotes. It currently encompasses three protein families, SMP-like, BPI-like, and Takeout-like, which share a common fold. This fold consists of a long helix wrapped in a highly curved anti-parallel β-sheet, enclosing a central, lipophilic cavity. The SMP-like proteins, which include subunits of the ERMES complex and the extended synaptotagmins (E-Syts), appear to be mainly located at membrane contacts sites (MCSs) between organelles, mediating inter-organelle lipid exchange. The BPI-like proteins, which include the bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein (BPI), the LPS (lipopolysaccharide)-binding protein (LBP), the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP), and the phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP), are either involved in innate immunity against bacteria through their ability to sense lipopolysaccharides, as is the case for BPI and LBP, or in lipid exchange between lipoprotein particles, as is the case for CETP and PLTP. The Takeout-like proteins, which are comprised of insect juvenile hormone-binding proteins and arthropod allergens, transport, where known, lipid hormones to target tissues during insect development. In all cases, the activity of these proteins is underpinned by their ability to bind large, hydrophobic ligands in their central cavity and segregate them away from the aqueous environment. Furthermore, where they are involved in lipid exchange, recent structural studies have highlighted their ability to establish lipophilic, tubular channels, either between organelles in the case of SMP domains or between lipoprotein particles in the case of CETP. Here, we review the current knowledge on the structure, versatile functions, and evolution of the TULIP superfamily. We propose a deep evolutionary split in this superfamily, predating the Last Eukaryotic Common Ancestor, between the SMP-like proteins, which act on lipids endogenous to the cell, and the BPI-like proteins (including the Takeout-like proteins of arthropods), which act on exogenous lipids. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: TULIP domain; SMP-like; BPI-like; Takeout-like; ERMES; Lipid exchange;

SMP-domain proteins at membrane contact sites: Structure and function by Karin M. Reinisch; Pietro De Camilli (924-927).
SMP-domains are found in proteins that localize to membrane contact sites. Elucidation of the properties of these proteins gives clues as to the molecular bases underlying processes that occur at such sites. Described here are recent discoveries concerning the structure, function, and regulation of the Extended-Synaptotagmin proteins and ERMES complex subunits, SMP-domain proteins at endoplasmic reticulum (ER)–plasma membrane and ER–mitochondrial contacts, respectively. They act as tethers contributing to the architecture of these sites and as lipid transporters that convey glycerolipids between apposed membranes. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.

Structural insights into nonvesicular lipid transport by the oxysterol binding protein homologue family by Junsen Tong; Mohammad Kawsar Manik; Huiseon Yang; Young Jun Im (928-939).
Sterols such as cholesterol in mammals and ergosterol in fungi are essential membrane components and play a key role in membrane function and in cell signaling. The intracellular distribution and processing of sterols and other phospholipids are in part carried out by oxysterol binding protein-related proteins (ORPs) in eukaryotes. Seven ORPs (Osh1–Osh7 proteins) in yeast have distinct functions in maintaining distribution, metabolism and signaling of intracellular lipids but they share at least one essential function. Significant progress has been made in understanding the ligand specificity and mechanism of non-vesicular lipid transport by ORPs. The unique structural features of Osh proteins explain the diversity and specificity of functions in PI(4)P-coupled lipid transport optimized in membrane contact sites. This review discusses the current advances in structural biology regarding this protein family and its potential functions, introducing them as the key players in the novel pathways of phosphoinositide-coupled directional transport of various lipids. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Oxysterol binding protein; Sterol; Phosphoinositide; Lipid; Membrane contact sites; Lipid transport proteins; Phosphatidylserine; Structure;

The counterflow transport of sterols and PI4P by Bruno Mesmin; Bruno Antonny (940-951).
Cholesterol levels in intracellular membranes are constantly adjusted to match with specific organelle functions. Cholesterol is kept high in the plasma membrane (PM) because it is essential for its barrier function, while low levels are found in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) where cholesterol mediates feedback control of its own synthesis by sterol-sensor proteins. The ER → Golgi → PM concentration gradient of cholesterol in mammalian cells, and ergosterol in yeast, appears to be sustained by specific intracellular transport processes, which are mostly mediated by lipid transfer proteins (LTPs). Here we review a recently described function of two LTPs, OSBP and its yeast homolog Osh4p, which consists in creating a sterol gradient between membranes by vectorial transport. OSBP also contributes to the formation of ER/Golgi membrane contact sites, which are important hubs for the transfer of several lipid species. OSBP and Osh4p organize a counterflow transport of lipids whereby sterols are exchanged for the phosphoinositide PI4P, which is used as a fuel to drive sterol transport. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Cholesterol; Lipid transfer protein; Membrane contact site; OSBP; Osh4p; PI4P;

Dysfunction of VAMP-associated protein (VAP) is associated with neurodegeneration, both Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Here we summarize what is known about the intracellular interactions of VAP in humans and model organisms. VAP is a simple, small and highly conserved protein on the cytoplasmic face of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). It is the sole protein on that large organelle that acts as a receptor for cytoplasmic proteins. This may explain the extremely wide range of interacting partners of VAP, with components of many cellular pathways binding it to access the ER. Many proteins that bind VAP also target other intracellular membranes, so VAP is a component of multiple molecular bridges at membrane contact sites between the ER and other organelles. So far approximately 100 proteins have been identified in the VAP interactome (VAPome), of which a small minority have a “two phenylalanines in an acidic tract” (FFAT) motif as it was originally defined. We have analyzed the entire VAPome in humans and yeast using a simple algorithm that identifies many more FFAT-like motifs. We show that approximately 50% of the VAPome binds directly or indirectly via the VAP-FFAT interaction. We also review evidence on pathogenesis in genetic disorders of VAP, which appear to arise from reduced overall VAP levels, leading to ER stress. It is not possible to identify one single interaction that underlies disease. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: The cellular lipid landscape edited by Tim P. Levine and Anant K. Menon.
Keywords: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/genetics; Biological Transport; Endoplasmic Reticulum/*metabolism; Intracellular Membranes/*metabolism; Motor Neurons/*metabolism; Vesicular Transport Proteins/genetics/*metabolism;