An IQGAP-like protein is involved in actin assembly together with Cdc42 in the sea urchin egg.


We isolated a gene homologous to human cdc42 (ucdc42) from a sea urchin cDNA library. The GTPgammaS-bound UCdc42 induced actin assembly in sea urchin egg extract. Proteins that are involved in this actin assembly system were searched using UCdc42-bound agarose beads. A 180-kDa protein (p180), which showed a homology to human IQGAPs, bound to the GTPgammaS… (More)