Myosin 1g (Myo1g) is a hematopoietic-specific myosin expressed mainly by lymphocytes. Here, we report the localization of Myo1g in B-cell membrane compartments such as lipid rafts, microvilli, and membrane extensions formed during spreading. By using Myo1g-deficient mouse B cells, we detected abnormalities in the adhesion ability and chemokine-induced directed migration of these lymphocytes. We also assessed a role for Myo1g in phagocytosis and exocytosis processes, as these were also irregular in Myo1g-deficient B cells. Taken together, our results show that Myo1g acts as a main regulator of different membrane/cytoskeleton-dependent processes in B lymphocytes.
Keywords: B lymphocyte; Chemotaxis; Cytoskeleton; Exo-endocytosis; Myosin.
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