The actin-binding ERM protein Moesin directly regulates spindle assembly and function during mitosis

Vilmos, Péter and Kristó, Ildikó and Szikora, Szilárd and Jankovics, Ferenc and Lukácsovich, Tamás and Kari, Beáta and Erdélyi, Miklós (2016) The actin-binding ERM protein Moesin directly regulates spindle assembly and function during mitosis. CELL BIOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 40 (6). pp. 696-707. ISSN 1065-6995

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Ezrin-Radixin-Moesin proteins are highly conserved, actin-binding cytoskeletal proteins that play an essential role in microvilli formation, T-cell activation, and tumor metastasis by linking actin filaments to the plasma membrane. Recent studies demonstrated that the only Ezrin-Radixin-Moesin protein of Drosophila melanogaster, Moesin, is involved in mitotic spindle function through stabilizing cell shape and microtubules at the cell cortex. We previously observed that Moesin localizes to the mitotic spindle; hence, we tested for the biological significance of this surprising localization and investigated whether it plays a direct role in spindle function. To separate the cortical and spindle functions of Moesin during mitosis we combined cell biological and genetic methods. We used early Drosophila embryos, in which mitosis occurs in the absence of a cell cortex, and found in vivo evidence for the direct requirement of Moesin in mitotic spindle assembly and function. We also found that the accumulation of Moesin precedes the construction of the microtubule spindle, and the fusiform structure formed by Moesin persists even after the microtubules have disassembled. © 2016 International Federation for Cell Biology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SPINDLE; moesin; Mitosis; ERM; DROSOPHILA; ACTIN
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 15:09
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 15:09

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