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Augmentation of alpha-actinin- induced gelation of actin by talin.

Interactions among the three major constituents of focal adhesions, talin, actin, and alpha-actinin, were studied. No evidence was obtained for the direct interaction between talin and alpha-actinin. Both talin and alpha-actinin increased the rate and extent of polymerization of actin, and their effects were additive. Whereas talin alone exhibited very little actin-gelating activity, it potentiated markedly the gelation in the presence of alpha-actinin and lowered the concentration of alpha-actinin necessary for the gel formation. Its gelation-potentiating activity on prepolymerized actin was much smaller than observed on G-actin. Treatment of talin with a cross-linking reagent, 1-ethyl-3[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]carbodiimide or dimethyl suberimidate, resulted in the formation of its oligomeric polypeptides. The complexes of talin and G-actin were also demonstrated with the cross-linking reagents and fluorescence-labeled actin. These results indicate that talin is able to cross-link some limited regions of actin filaments.[1]


  1. Augmentation of alpha-actinin-induced gelation of actin by talin. Muguruma, M., Matsumura, S., Fukazawa, T. J. Biol. Chem. (1992) [Pubmed]
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