p85 binds to G-actin in a Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent manner, thus regulating the initiation of cytokinesis in Tetrahymena

Kohsuke Gonda, Osamu Numata

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Abstract

Tetrahymena p85 is localized to the presumptive division plane before the formation of contractile ring microfilaments. p85 binds to calmodulin in a Ca2+-dependent manner and both proteins colocalize to the division furrow. Inhibition of the binding of p85 and Ca2+/calmodulin prevents both the localization of p85 and calmodulin to the division plane and the formation of the contractile ring, suggesting that the interaction of p85 and Ca2+/calmodulin is important in the formation of the contractile ring. We investigated the mechanisms of the formation of contractile ring, and the relationship among p85, CaM, and actin using co-sedimentation assay: p85 binds to G-actin in a Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent manner, but does not bind to F-actin. Therefore, we propose that a Ca2+/calmodulin signal and its target protein p85 are cooperatively involved in the recruitment of G-actin to the division plane and the formation of the contractile ring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1098-1103
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Volume292
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Actin
  • Actin-binding protein
  • Ca
  • Calmodulin
  • Contractile ring
  • Cytokinesis
  • Division plane
  • Microfilament
  • Tetrahymena
  • p85

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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