Alireza Dehghani Zadeh

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The dynamics of actin and microtubules are coordinated in a variety of cellular and morphogenetic processes; however, little is known about the molecules mediating this cytoskeletal cross-talk. We are studying Short stop (Shot), the sole Drosophila spectraplakin, as a model actin-microtubule cross-linking protein. Spectraplakins are an ancient family of(More)
We have investigated how E-cadherin controls the elaboration of adherens junction associated cytoskeletal structures crucial for assembling tubular networks. During Drosophila development, tracheal branches are joined at branch tips through lumens that traverse doughnut-shaped fusion cells. Fusion cells form E-cadherin contacts associated with a track that(More)
Axon extension and guidance require a coordinated assembly of F-actin and microtubules as well as regulated translation. The molecular basis of how the translation of mRNAs encoding guidance proteins could be closely tied to the pace of cytoskeletal assembly is poorly understood. Previous studies have shown that the F-actin-microtubule crosslinker Short(More)
We have investigated the role of the kinesin I isoform Kif5b in the trafficking of a cardiac voltage-gated potassium channel, Kv1.5. In Kv1.5-expressing HEK293 cells and H9c2 cardiomyoblasts, current densities were increased from control levels of 389 +/- 50.0 and 317 +/- 50.3 pA pF(1), respectively, to 614 +/- 74.3 and 580 +/- 90.9 pA pF(1) in cells(More)
Little is known about the postinternalization trafficking of surface-expressed voltage-gated potassium channels. Here, for the first time, we investigate into which of four major trafficking pathways a voltage-gated potassium channel is targeted after internalization. In both a cardiac myoblast cell line and in HEK293 cells, channels were found to(More)
The proper trafficking and localization of cardiac potassium channels is profoundly important to the regulation of the regionally distinct action potentials across the myocardium. These processes are only beginning to be unravelled and involve modulators of channel synthesis and assembly, post-translational processing, various molecular motors and an(More)
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