Hsc70 negatively regulates epithelial sodium channel trafficking at multiple sites in epithelial cells

Rebecca A. Chanoux, Calla B. Shubin, Amal Robay, Laurence Suaud, Ronald C. Rubenstein

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The epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) plays an important role in homeostasis of blood pressure and of the airway surface liquid, and excess function of ENaC results in refractory hypertension (in Liddle's syndrome) and impaired mucociliary clearance (in cystic fibrosis). The regulation of ENaC by molecular chaperones, such as the 70-kDa heat shock protein Hsc70, is not completely understood. Our previously published data suggest that Hsc70 negatively affects ENaC activity and surface expression in Xenopus oocytes; here we investigate the mechanism by which Hsc70 acts on ENaC in epithelial cells. In Madin-Darby canine kidney cells stably expressing epitope-tagged αβγ-ENaC and with tetracycline-inducible overexpression of Hsc70, treatment with 5 μg/ml doxycycline increased total Hsc70 expression 20%. This increase in Hsc70 expression led to a decrease in ENaC activity and surface expression that corresponded to an increased rate of functional ENaC retrieval from the cell surface. In addition, Hsc70 overexpression decreased the association of newly synthesized ENaC subunits. These data support the hypothesis that Hsc70 inhibits ENaC functional expression at the apical surface of epithelia by regulating ENaC biogenesis and ENaC trafficking at the cell surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)C776-C787
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Chaperone
  • ENaC
  • Epithelia
  • Heat shock protein
  • Trafficking


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