Exo1: a new chemical inhibitor of the exocytic pathway. Academic Article uri icon


  • A phenotypic screen was used to search for drug-like molecules that can interfere with specific steps in membrane traffic. 2-(4-Fluorobenzoylamino)-benzoic acid methyl ester (Exo1), identified in this screen, induces a rapid collapse of the Golgi to the endoplasmic reticulum, thus acutely inhibiting the traffic emanating from the endoplasmic reticulum. Like Brefeldin A (BFA), Exo1 induces the rapid release of ADP-ribosylation factor (ARF) 1 from Golgi membranes but has less effect on the organization of the trans-Golgi network. Our data indicate that Exo1 acts by a different mechanism from BFA. Unlike BFA, Exo1 does not induce the ADP-ribosylation of CtBP/Bars50 and does not interfere with the activity of guanine nucleotide exchange factors specific for Golgi-based ARFs. Thus, Exo1 allows the fatty acid exchange activity of Bars50 to be distinguished from ARF1 activity in the control of Golgi tubulation.

publication date

  • May 27, 2003