Tropomyosin isoform expression regulates the transition of adhesions to determine cell speed and direction

Cuc T T Bach, Sarah Jayne Creed, Jessie Zhong, Maha Mahmassani, Galina Schevzov, Justine Stehn, Lauren Nicolle Cowell, Perttu Naumanen, Pekka Lappalainen, Peter William Gunning, Geraldine Margaret O'Neill

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Abstract

The balance of transition between distinct adhesion types contributes to the regulation of mesenchymal cell migration, and the characteristic association of adhesions with actin filaments led us to question the role of actin filament-associating proteins in the transition between adhesive states. Tropomyosin isoform association with actin filaments imparts distinct filament structures, and we have thus investigated the role for tropomyosins in determining the formation of distinct adhesion structures. Using combinations of overexpression, knockdown, and knockout approaches, we establish that Tm5NM1 preferentially stabilizes focal adhesions and drives the transition to fibrillar adhesions via stabilization of actin filaments. Moreover, our data suggest that the expression of Tm5NM1 is a critical determinant of paxillin phosphorylation, a signaling event that is necessary for focal adhesion disassembly. Thus, we propose that Tm5NM1 can regulate the feedback loop between focal adhesion disassembly and focal complex formation at the leading edge that is required for productive and directed cell movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1506 - 1514
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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