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Supervillin modulation of focal adhesions involving TRIP6/ZRP-1.

Cell-substrate contacts, called focal adhesions (FAs), are dynamic in rapidly moving cells. We show that supervillin (SV)--a peripheral membrane protein that binds myosin II and F-actin in such cells--negatively regulates stress fibers, FAs, and cell-substrate adhesion. The major FA regulatory sequence within SV (SV342-571) binds to the LIM domains of two proteins in the zyxin family, thyroid receptor-interacting protein 6 (TRIP6) and lipoma-preferred partner (LPP), but not to zyxin itself. SV and TRIP6 colocalize within large FAs, where TRIP6 may help recruit SV. RNAi-mediated decreases in either protein increase cell adhesion to fibronectin. TRIP6 partially rescues SV effects on stress fibers and FAs, apparently by mislocating SV away from FAs. Thus, SV interactions with TRIP6 at FAs promote loss of FA structure and function. SV and TRIP6 binding partners suggest several specific mechanisms through which the SV-TRIP6 interaction may regulate FA maturation and/or disassembly.

Pubmed ID: 16880273


  • Takizawa N
  • Smith TC
  • Nebl T
  • Crowley JL
  • Palmieri SJ
  • Lifshitz LM
  • Ehrhardt AG
  • Hoffman LM
  • Beckerle MC
  • Luna EJ


The Journal of cell biology

Publication Data

July 31, 2006

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: DK060564
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM33048
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM50877
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM033048

Mesh Terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Animals
  • COS Cells
  • Cattle
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cercopithecus aethiops
  • Down-Regulation
  • Focal Adhesions
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Humans
  • LIM Domain Proteins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Mice
  • Microfilament Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Myocytes, Smooth Muscle
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Protein Binding
  • Rats
  • Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Transcription Factors
  • t-Complex Genome Region