The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Possible role of direct Rac1-Rab7 interaction in ruffled border formation of osteoclasts.

Rab7 has been shown to regulate the late steps of the endocytic pathway. In bone-resorbing osteoclasts, it is involved in formation of the ruffled border, which is a late endosomal-like compartment in the plasma membrane. Here we report a new Rab7-interacting protein, Rac1, another small GTPase protein that binds to the GTP-form of Rab7 as found with a two-hybrid system. We demonstrate further that Rab7 colocalizes with Rac1 at the fusion zone of the ruffled border in bone-resorbing osteoclasts. In other cell types, such as fibroblast-like cells, partial colocalization is perinuclear. Because Rac1 is known to control the actin cytoskeleton through its effectors, the Rab7-Rac1 interaction may mediate late endosomal transport between microtubules and microfilaments enabling endosomal vesicles to switch tracks and may thus also regulate ruffled border formation in osteoclasts.[1]


  1. Possible role of direct Rac1-Rab7 interaction in ruffled border formation of osteoclasts. Sun, Y., Büki, K.G., Ettala, O., Vääräniemi, J.P., Väänänen, H.K. J. Biol. Chem. (2005) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities