Identification of an actin cytoskeletal complex that includes IQGAP and the CDc42 GTPase

Jon W. Erickson, Richard A. Cerione, Matthew J. Hart

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The Rho subfamily of low molecular weight GTPases have been implicated in a variety of cellular functions that include reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton and stress-induced activation of the c-Jun kinase. The downstream targets that mediate the effects of Cdc42 on the actin cytoskeleton have yet to be fully identified. We have used the transient transfection of COS-7 cells with epitope-tagged Cdc42 to identify candidate signaling partners for this GTPase and identified the IQGAP protein as a major in vivo target for activated Cdc42. Epidermal growth factor stimulation of serum-starved COS-7 cells promoted the formation of a Cdc42-IQGAP complex, indicating that growth factors can increase the pool of activated Cdc42. Activated HA-Cdc42 co-localized with IQGAP or F-actin in vivo, whereas cells transfected with dominant-negative forms of Cdc42 (Cdc42(T17N)) showed predominantly dispersed distributions for both HA-Cdc42 and endogenous IQGAP. In detergent lysates from COS-7 cells transiently transfected with different forms of Cdc42, or from stably transfected CHO cells, the induction of actin polymerization by phalloidin resulted in the incorporation of both IQGAP and Cdc42 into actin-containing complexes. Taken together, these findings are consistent with a model whereby IQGAP serves as a target for GTP-bound Cdc42 providing a direct link between the activated GTPase and the actin cytoskeleton.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24443-24447
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 26 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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