Control of Cytoplasmic Actin Gel-Sol Transformation by Gelsolin, A Calcium-Dependent Regulatory Protein

Nature (Impact Factor: 41.46). 11/1979; 281(5732):583-6. DOI: 10.1038/281583a0
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The peripheral cytoplasm of macrophages is involved in the control of locomotion, secretion and endocytosis, events common to many eukaryotic cells. During these activities, the cortical cytoplasm, which contains numerous actin filaments1,2, appears to undergo reversible gel-sol transformations3: cycles of gelation and solation are demonstrable in suitably prepared macrophage extracts, and the gels contain tangled actin filaments4. These changes in consistency of cytoplasmic actin may regulate motile events in the macrophage periphery. Calcium in micromolar concentrations prevents gelation of crude macrophage cytoplasmic extracts4, providing a possible link to abundant indirect evidence implicating calcium in the regulation of locomotion, secretion and endocytosis5. Similar calcium-sensitive gelation phenomena occur in crude cell extracts from diverse cell types and may have a relevance for control of cell movements in general6-11. Actin gelation results from the cross-linking of actin filaments (F-actin) by other proteins. In macrophages, a high molecular weight actin-binding protein (ABP) is the principal actin cross-linking protein12. Cross-linking of actin by these purified actin-binding proteins, however, is insensitive to changes in the calcium concentration4,12, so that another factor must mediate the expression of a calcium effect. We have now isolated such a calcium-dependent regulatory protein from macrophages and call it gelsolin.

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    • "Depending on calcium ions gelsolin prevents further actin polymerization by covering the plus ends [49–53]. On the other hand it may encourage the formation of filaments by binding two monomers and therefore functions as a nucleus. "
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    • "Gelsolin consists of 6 homologous structural domains, whereas CapG has only 3 such domains [17]. They are both widely expressed in mammalian cells, including hematopoietic cells such as neutrophils and macrophages [18]–[21]. Gelsolin severs F-actin after which it remains attached to the barbed end of the filament as a cap, preventing further actin polymerization. CapG shares this capping function with gelsolin, but lacks its severing function [22], [23]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Podosomes are cellular structures acting as degradation 'hot-spots' in monocytic cells. They appear as dot-like structures at the ventral cell surface, enriched in F-actin and actin regulators, including gelsolin and L-plastin. Gelsolin is an ubiquitous severing and capping protein, whereas L-plastin is a leukocyte-specific actin bundling protein. The presence of the capping protein CapG in podosomes has not yet been investigated. We used an innovative approach to investigate the role of these proteins in macrophage podosomes by means of nanobodies or Camelid single domain antibodies. Nanobodies directed against distinct domains of gelsolin, L-plastin or CapG were stably expressed in macrophage-like THP-1 cells. CapG was not enriched in podosomes. Gelsolin nanobodies had no effect on podosome formation or function but proved very effective in tracing distinct gelsolin populations. One gelsolin nanobody specifically targets actin-bound gelsolin and was effectively enriched in podosomes. A gelsolin nanobody that blocks gelsolin-G-actin interaction was not enriched in podosomes demonstrating that the calcium-activated and actin-bound conformation of gelsolin is a constituent of podosomes. THP-1 cells expressing inhibitory L-plastin nanobodies were hampered in their ability to form stable podosomes. Nanobodies did not perturb Ser5 phosphorylation of L-plastin although phosphorylated L-plastin was highly enriched in podosomes. Furthermore, nanobody-induced inhibition of L-plastin function gave rise to an irregular and unstable actin turnover of podosomes, resulting in diminished degradation of the underlying matrix. Altogether these results indicate that L-plastin is indispensable for podosome formation and function in macrophages.
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    • "Filamin-A and gelsolin are actin-crosslinking and -severing proteins that could stabilize the dense F-actin bundles found within the WRAMP structure (Nakamura et al., 2011; Yin and Stossel, 1979). Talin-1 in the WRAMP structure might provide a means to anchor microfilaments to focal adhesions at the cortical plasma membrane. "
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