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Opposing Actin Networks Modulate The Mechano-Activation Of The Integrin Lfa-1 During Immunological Synapse Formation, William Andrew Comrie Jan 2014

Opposing Actin Networks Modulate The Mechano-Activation Of The Integrin Lfa-1 During Immunological Synapse Formation, William Andrew Comrie

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Formation of a functional immune response requires the regulated transfer of information between T cells, and APCs, which leads to a variety of functional outcomes. In many cases this information transfer occurs at a regulated area of cell - cell contact termed the immunological synapse (IS). In T cells responding to APCs there is a robust accumulation of F-actin on the T cell side of the synapse. This F-actin response is characterized by robust polymerization at the periphery of the contact site followed by centripetal flow of the network towards the center of the IS. While it is well known that ...


The Role Of The Exocyst In Membrane Deformation, Cell Migration And Exocytosis, Yuting Zhao Jan 2014

The Role Of The Exocyst In Membrane Deformation, Cell Migration And Exocytosis, Yuting Zhao

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Dynamic shape changes of the plasma membrane are fundamental to many processes ranging from morphogenesis and cell migration to phagocytosis and viral propagation. In this study, I showed that Exo70, a component of the exocyst complex, induces tubular membrane invaginations towards the lumen of synthetic vesicles in vitro and generates actin-free protrusions on the surface of cells. Analyses using Exo70 mutants suggest that Exo70 generates negative membrane curvature through an oligomerization-based mechanism. The membrane-deformation function of Exo70 is likely to be independent of the other exocyst subunits. Exo70 thus represents a novel membrane-deforming protein for plasma membrane remodeling. Directional cell ...