Regulation of Inverted Formin-1 (INF1) by Microtubule-Affinity Regulating Kinase 2 (MARK2)

Regulation of Inverted Formin-1 (INF1) by Microtubule-Affinity Regulating Kinase 2 (MARK2)

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Titre: Regulation of Inverted Formin-1 (INF1) by Microtubule-Affinity Regulating Kinase 2 (MARK2)
Auteur: Kulacz, Wojciech
Résumé: The actin and microtubule cytoskeleton plays a critical role in the establishment of cell polarity. Cell processes like mitosis and migration rely on the reorganization of the cytoskeleton to properly function. One driver of cell polarity is the formin, Inverted Formin-1 (INF1). INF1 is able to induce F-actin formation, activate the Serum Response Factor (SRF) pathway, stabilize microtubules, associate with microtubules, and disperse the Golgi body. Regulation of INF1 is unique, since it does not possess conserved formin regulatory domains. However, INF1 does possess many potential phosphorylation sites. In this study, we demonstrate that INF1’s ability to induce F-actin stress fibers and activate SRF is inhibited by Microtubule-Affinity Regulating Kinase 2 (MARK2). Inhibition of INF1’s actin polymerization activity by MARK2 likely occurs near INF1’s C-terminus. However, MARK2 was unable to inhibit INF1’s ability to stabilize microtubules, associate with microtubules, and disperse the Golgi. Furthermore, we show that INF1 overexpression is associated with primary cilium absence and in some cases, the presence of long cilia, suggesting that INF1 plays a role in primary cilium formation.
Date: 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/22801
Superviseur: Copeland, John
Faculté: Médecine / Medicine
Degré: MSc

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