CPNE1-mediated neuronal differentiation can be inhibited by HAX1 expression in HiB5 cells

Hye Young Choi, Nammi Park, Boah Lee, Yeong In Choe, Dong Kyun Woo, Jae Yong Park, Jae Cheal Yoo

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We previously demonstrated that CPNE1 induces neuronal differentiation and identified two binding proteins of CPNE1 (14-3-3γ and Jab1) as potential regulators of CPNE1-mediated neuronal differentiation in hippocampal progenitor cells. To better understand the cellular processes in which CPNE1 participates in neuronal differentiation, we here carried out a yeast two-hybrid screening to find another CPNE1 binding protein. Among the identified proteins, HCLS1-related protein X-1 (HAX1) directly interacts with CPNE1. Immunostaining experiments showed that a fraction of CPNE1 and HAX1 co-localized in the cytosol, particularly in the plasma membrane. In addition, the physical interaction as well as the specific binding regions between CPNE1 and HAX1 were confirmed in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, AKT phosphorylation, Tuj1 (neuronal marker protein) expression, and neurite outgrowth are all reduced in CPNE1/HAX1 overexpressing cells compared to CPNE1 only overexpressing HiB5 cells. Conversely, the HAX1 mutant that does not bind to CPNE1 was unable to inhibit the CPNE1-mediated neuronal differentiation. Together these results indicate that HAX1 is a binding partner of CPNE1 and CPNE1-mediated neuronal differentiation is negatively affected through the binding of HAX1, especially its N-terminal region, with CPNE1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 10


  • AKT
  • Copine1
  • Differentiation
  • HAX1
  • HiB5 cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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