RAB7A is a ubiquitous small GTPase, which controls transport to late endocytic compartments. Silencing or overexpression of wild type RAB7A changed the soluble/insoluble rate of peripherin indicating that RAB7A is important for peripherin organization and function. In addition, disease-causing RAB7A mutant proteins bind more strongly to peripherin and their expression causes a significant increase in the amount of soluble peripherin. The altered interaction between disease-causing RAB7A mutants and peripherin could play an important role in CMT2B neuropathy.
RAB7A, member RAS oncogene family