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Positive feedback between Dia1, LARG, and RhoA regulates cell morphology and invasion.

The RhoA-effector Dia1 controls actin-dependent processes such as cytokinesis, SRF transcriptional activity, and cell motility. Dia1 polymerizes actin through its formin homology (FH) 2 domain. Here we show that Dia1 acts upstream of RhoA independently of its effects on actin assembly. Dia1 binds to the leukemia-associated Rho-GEF (LARG) through RhoA-dependent release of Dia1 autoinhibition. The FH2 domain stimulates the guanine nucleotide exchange activity of LARG in vitro. Our results reveal that Dia1 is necessary for LPA-stimulated Rho/ROCK signaling and bleb-associated cancer cell invasion. Thus, Dia1-dependent RhoA activation constitutes a positive feedback mechanism to modulate cell behavior.[1]


  1. Positive feedback between Dia1, LARG, and RhoA regulates cell morphology and invasion. Kitzing, T.M., Sahadevan, A.S., Brandt, D.T., Knieling, H., Hannemann, S., Fackler, O.T., Grosshans, J., Grosse, R. Genes Dev. (2007) [Pubmed]
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