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Novel functions for integrin-associated proteins revealed by analysis of myofibril attachment in Drosophila

  1. Hannah J Green
  2. Annabel G M Griffiths
  3. Jari Ylänne
  4. Nicholas H Brown  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  2. University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e35783 doi: 10.7554/eLife.35783

Abstract

We use the myotendinous junction of Drosophila flight muscles to explore why many integrin associated proteins (IAPs) are needed and how their function is coordinated. These muscles revealed new functions for IAPs not required for viability: Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK), RSU1, tensin and vinculin. Genetic interactions demonstrated a balance between positive and negative activities, with vinculin and tensin positively regulating adhesion, while FAK inhibits elevation of integrin activity by tensin, and RSU1 keeps PINCH activity in check. The molecular composition of myofibril termini resolves into 4 distinct layers, one of which is built by a mechanotransduction cascade: vinculin facilitates mechanical opening of filamin, which works with the Arp2/3 activator WASH to build an actin-rich layer positioned between integrins and the first sarcomere. Thus, integration of IAP activity is needed to build the complex architecture of the myotendinous junction, linking the membrane anchor to the sarcomere.

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  1. Hannah J Green

    Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  2. Annabel G M Griffiths

    Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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  3. Jari Ylänne

    Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
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  4. Nicholas H Brown

    Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Funding

Wellcome (099739/Z/12/Z)

  • Hannah J Green

Medical Research Council

  • Annabel G M Griffiths

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/L006669/1)

  • Nicholas H Brown

Suomen Akatemia (278668)

  • Hannah J Green

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Frank Schnorrer, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

Publication history

  1. Received: February 9, 2018
  2. Accepted: July 19, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 20, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: August 14, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Green et al.

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