Gelsolin and calponin are cytoskeletal and signalling proteins that form a tight 1:1 complex (GCC). We show that calponin within the GCC inhibits the rate of gelsolin mediated nucleation of actin polymerization. The actin-binding function of calponin is ablated within the GCC as the actin-binding site overlaps with one of the gelsolin binding sites. The structure of filaments that result from nucleation by GCC are different to those nucleated by gelsolin alone in that they are longer, loosely bundled and stain heterogeneously with phalloidin. GCC nucleated filaments appear contorted and wrap around each to form the loose bundles. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Feb 2010|