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ADP-ribosylation factor 6 (ARF6) is a member of the ADP ribosylation factor family of GTP-binding proteins. ARF6 has a variety of cellular functions that are frequently involved in trafficking of biological membranes and transmembrane protein cargo. ARF6 has specifically been implicated in endocytosis of plasma membrane proteins and also, to a lesser extent, plasma membrane protein recycling.


This gene encodes a member of the human ARF gene family, which is part of the Ras superfamily. The ARF genes encode small guanine nucleotide-binding proteins that stimulate the ADP-ribosyltransferase activity of cholera toxin and play a role in vesicular trafficking and as activators of phospholipase D. The product of this gene is localized to the plasma membrane, and regulates vesicular trafficking, remodelling of membrane lipids, and signaling pathways that lead to actin remodeling. A pseudogene of this gene is located on chromosome 7.[1]

ARF6 can interact with βarrestin upon receptor activation.


Arf6 has been shown to interact with:


  1. "Entrez Gene: ARF6 ADP-ribosylation factor 6".
  2. Claing A, Chen W, Miller WE, Vitale N, Moss J, Premont RT, Lefkowitz RJ (November 2001). "beta-Arrestin-mediated ADP-ribosylation factor 6 activation and beta 2-adrenergic receptor endocytosis". J. Biol. Chem. 276 (45): 42509–13. doi:10.1074/jbc.M108399200. PMID 11533043.
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  6. Prigent M, Dubois T, Raposo G, Derrien V, Tenza D, Rossé C, Camonis J, Chavrier P (December 2003). "ARF6 controls post-endocytic recycling through its downstream exocyst complex effector". J. Cell Biol. 163 (5): 1111–21. doi:10.1083/jcb.200305029. PMC 2173613. PMID 14662749.
  7. Prieto C, De Las Rivas J (July 2006). "APID: Agile Protein Interaction DataAnalyzer". Nucleic Acids Res. 34 (Web Server issue): W298–302. doi:10.1093/nar/gkl128. PMC 1538863. PMID 16845013. Archived from the original on 2010-04-09.
  8. Peru y Colón de Portugal RL, Acevedo SF, Rodan AR, Chang LY, Eaton BA, Rothenfluh A (December 2012). "Adult neuronal Arf6 controls ethanol-induced behavior with Arfaptin downstream of Rac1 and RhoGAP18B". J. Neurosci. 32 (49): 17706–13. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1944-12.2012. PMC 3535434. PMID 23223291.

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