Zyxin-mediated actin assembly is required for efficient wound closure

Thuc Nghi Nguyen, Arisa Uemura, Wenting Shih, Soichiro Yamada

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Cytoskeletal regulation of cell adhesion is vital to the organization of multicellular structures. The focal adhesion protein zyxin emerged as a key regulator of actin assembly because zyxin recruits Enabled/vasodilator- stimulated phospho-proteins (Ena/VASP) to promote actin assembly. Zyxin also localizes to the sites of cell-cell adhesion and is thought to promote actin assembly with Ena/VASP. Using shRNA targeted to zyxin, we analyzed the roles of zyxin at adhesive contacts. In zyxin-deficient cells, the actin assembly at both focal adhesion and cell-cell adhesion was limited, but their migration rate was unchanged. Cell spreading on E-cadherin-coated surfaces and the formation of cell clusters were slower for zyxin-deficient cells than wild type cells. By ablating a single cell within a cell monolayer, we quantified the rate of wound closure driven by a contractile circumferential actin ring. Zyxin-deficient cells failed to recruit VASP to cell-cell junctions at the wound edge and had a slower wound closure rate than wild type cells. Our results suggest that, by recruiting VASP, zyxin regulates actin assembly at the sites of force-bearing cell-cell adhesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35439-35445
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 12 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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