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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 5 ( IGFBP-5) interacts with a four and a half LIM protein 2 (FHL2).

Recent studies using insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) knockout mice demonstrate that IGF-binding protein (IGFBP)-5, an important bone formation regulator, itself is a growth factor with cellular effects not dependent on IGFs. Because IGFBP-5 contains a nuclear localization sequence that mediates transport of IGFBP-5 into the nucleus, we propose that IGFBP-5 interacts with nuclear proteins to affect transcription of genes involved in bone formation. We therefore undertook studies to identify proteins that bind to IGFBP-5 using IGFBP-5 as bait in a yeast two-hybrid screen of a U2 human osteosarcoma cDNA library. Five related clones that interacted strongly with the bait corresponded to the FHL2 gene, which contains four and a half LIM domains. Co-immunoprecipitation studies with lysates from U2 cells overexpressing FHL2 and IGFBP-5 confirmed that interaction between IGFBP-5 and FHL2 occurs in whole cells. In vitro interaction studies revealed that purified FHL2 interacted with IGFBP-5 but not with IGFBP-3, -4, or -6. Northern blot analysis showed that FHL2 was strongly expressed in human osteoblasts. Nuclear localization of both FHL2 and IGFBP-5 was evident from Western immunoblot analysis and immunofluorescence. The role of FHL2 as an intracellular mediator of the effects of IGFBP-5 and other osteoregulatory agents in osteoblasts will need to be verified in future studies.[1]


  1. Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 5 (IGFBP-5) interacts with a four and a half LIM protein 2 (FHL2). Amaar, Y.G., Thompson, G.R., Linkhart, T.A., Chen, S.T., Baylink, D.J., Mohan, S. J. Biol. Chem. (2002) [Pubmed]
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