Marc P. A. Ascione

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Zyxin is an adhesion protein that regulates actin assembly by binding to VASP family members through N-terminal proline-rich motifs. Evidence suggests that zyxin's C-terminal LIM domains function as a negative regulator of zyxin-VASP complexes. Zyxin LIM domains access to binding partners is negatively regulated by an unknown mechanism. One possibility is(More)
Vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) is an actin regulatory protein that functions in adhesion and migration. In epithelial cells, VASP participates in cell-cell adhesion. At the molecular level, VASP drives actin bundling and polymerization. VASP activity is primarily regulated by phosphorylation. Three physiologically relevant phosphorylation(More)
Cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesions are sites of dramatic actin rearrangements and where actin-membrane connections are tightly regulated. Zyxin-VASP complexes localize to sites of cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesion and function to regulate actin dynamics and actin-membrane connections at these sites. To accomplish these functions, zyxin recruits VASP(More)
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