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We have examined the function of a member of the vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein family of proteins (DdVASP) in Dictyostelium. Ddvasp null cells lack filopodia, whereas targeting DdVASP to the plasma membrane with a myristoyl tag results in a significant increase in filopodia. The proline-rich domain-Ena/VASP homology 2 structure is required for both(More)
Little is known about cell-substrate adhesion and how motile and adhesive forces work together in moving cells. The ability to rapidly screen a large number of insertional mutants prompted us to perform a genetic screen in Dictyostelium to isolate adhesion-deficient mutants. The resulting substrate adhesion-deficient (sad) mutants grew in plastic dishes(More)
Myosin VII (M7) plays a role in adhesion in both Dictyostelium and mammalian cells where it is a component of a complex of proteins that serve to link membrane receptors to the underlying actin cytoskeleton. The nature of this complex is not fully known, prompting a search for M7-binding proteins. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments reveal that Dictyostelium(More)
Myosin VII (M7) and talin are ancient and ubiquitous actin-binding proteins with conserved roles in adhesion. Talin serves to link membrane receptors to the underlying actin cytoskeleton and forms a complex with M7 in Dictyostelium. The levels of talinA are tightly linked to M7 levels in Dictyostelium. Cells lacking M7 exhibit an 80% decrease in(More)
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