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. 2006 Sep;16(9):759-70.
doi: 10.1038/sj.cr.7310091.

A New Interaction Between Abi-1 and betaPIX Involved in PDGF-activated Actin Cytoskeleton Reorganisation

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A New Interaction Between Abi-1 and betaPIX Involved in PDGF-activated Actin Cytoskeleton Reorganisation

Fanny Campa et al. Cell Res. .
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Abstract

Members of the Rho family of GTPases are key regulators of the actin cytoskeleton. In particular, activated Rac1 stimulates membrane dorsal ruffle formation in response to platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF). Abl-interactor (Abi)-1 and betaPIX, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Rac1, localise at these Rac1-induced actin structures and play important roles in the induction of membrane dorsal ruffling in response to PDGF in fibroblasts. Here, we demonstrate a novel interaction between Abi-1 and betaPIX using the yeast two-hybrid system, in vitro pull-down assays, and in vivo co-immunoprecipitation experiments. In vitro, the C-terminal fragment of betaPIX interacted with Abi-1, while in vivo the N-terminal fragment of betaPIX interacted with Abi-1. The biological function of this interaction was investigated in mouse fibroblasts in response to PDGF stimulation. Abi-1 and betaPIX co-localised in the cytoplasm and to membrane dorsal ruffles after PDGF treatment. We show that the co-expression of Abi-1 and truncated forms of betaPIX in mouse fibroblasts blocked PDGF-induced membrane dorsal ruffles. Together, these results show that the interaction between Abi-1 and betaPIX is involved in the formation of growth factor-induced membrane dorsal ruffles.

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