Glycophorin A transmembrane domain dimerization in plasma membrane vesicles derived from CHO, HEK 293T, and A431 cells

Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Kalina Hristova

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Membrane protein interactions, which underlie biological function, take place in the complex cellular membrane environment. Plasma membrane derived vesicles are a model system which allows the interactions between membrane proteins to be studied without the need for their extraction, purification, and reconstitution into lipid bilayers. Plasma membrane vesicles can be produced from different cell lines and by different methods, providing a rich variety of native-like model systems. With these choices, however, questions arise as to how the different types of vesicle preparations affect the interactions between membrane proteins. Here we address this question using the glycophorin A transmembrane domain (GpA) as a model system. We compare the dimerization of GpA in six different vesicle preparations derived from Chinese hamster ovary (CHO), Human Embryonic Kidney 293T (HEK 293T) and A431 cells. We accomplish this with the use of a FRET-based method which yields the FRET efficiency, the donor concentration, and the acceptor concentration in each vesicle. We show that the vesicle preparation protocol has no statistically significant effect on GpA dimerization. Based on these results, we propose that any of the six plasma membrane preparations investigated here can be used as a model system for studies of membrane protein interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1829-1833
Number of pages5
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2013


  • Dimerization
  • Glycophorin A
  • Mammalian membrane model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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