Zohreh Mostafavi-Pour

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We describe extracellular interactions between fibronectin (Fn) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that influence integrin-growth factor receptor crosstalk and cellular responses. In previous work, we found that VEGF bound specifically to fibronectin (Fn) but not vitronectin or collagens. Herein we report that VEGF binds to the heparin-II domain(More)
Cell migration in wound healing and disease is critically dependent on integration with the extracellular matrix, but the receptors that couple matrix topography to migratory behavior remain obscure. Using nano-engineered fibronectin surfaces and cell-derived matrices, we identify syndecan-4 as a key signaling receptor determining directional migration. In(More)
The fibronectin (FN)-binding integrins alpha4beta1 and alpha5beta1 confer different cell adhesive properties, particularly with respect to focal adhesion formation and migration. After analyses of alpha4+/alpha5+ A375-SM melanoma cell adhesion to fragments of FN that interact selectively with alpha4beta1 and alpha5beta1, we now report two differences in the(More)
The extracellular matrix molecule fibronectin (FN) is a glycoprotein whose major functional property is to support cell adhesion. FN contains at least two distinct cell-binding domains: the central cell-binding domain and the HepII/IIICS region. The HepII region comprises type III repeats 12-14 and contains proteoglycan-binding sites, while the(More)
Alpha4 integrins are used by leukocytes and neural crest derivatives for adhesion and migration during embryogenesis, immune responses and tumour invasion. The pro-migratory activity of alpha4 integrin is mediated in part through the direct binding of the cytoplasmic domain to paxillin. Here, using intermolecular FRET and biochemical analyses, we report a(More)
Although integrins are known to mediate connections between extracellular adhesion molecules and the intracellular actin cytoskeleton, the mechanisms that are responsible for coupling ligand binding to intracellular signaling, for generating diversity in signaling, and for determining the efficacy of integrin signaling in response to ligand engagement are(More)
Cell adhesion to fibronectin (FN) triggers the formation and maturation of adhesion complexes by modulating the activity of the Rho family of GTPases. Cells plated onto a ligand of integrin alpha5beta1 spread but fail to form focal adhesions or fully organize actin into bundled stress fibres unless co-stimulated with a ligand of syndecan 4. Engagement of(More)
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