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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-952

Gumienny, T L; Brugnera, E; Tosello-Trampont, A C; Kinchen, J M; Haney, L B; Nishiwaki, K; Walk, S F; Nemergut, M E; Macara, I G; Francis, R; Schedl, T; Qin, Y; Van Aelst, L; Hengartner, M O; Ravichandran, K S (2001). CED-12/ELMO, a novel member of the CrkII/Dock180/Rac pathway, is required for phagocytosis and cell migration. Cell, 107(1):27-41.

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Abstract

The C. elegans genes ced-2, ced-5, and ced-10, and their mammalian homologs crkII, dock180, and rac1, mediate cytoskeletal rearrangements during phagocytosis of apoptotic cells and cell motility. Here, we describe an additional member of this signaling pathway, ced-12, and its mammalian homologs, elmo1 and elmo2. In C. elegans, CED-12 is required for engulfment of dying cells and for cell migrations. In mammalian cells, ELMO1 functionally cooperates with CrkII and Dock180 to promote phagocytosis and cell shape changes. CED-12/ELMO-1 binds directly to CED-5/Dock180; this evolutionarily conserved complex stimulates a Rac-GEF, leading to Rac1 activation and cytoskeletal rearrangements. These studies identify CED-12/ELMO as an upstream regulator of Rac1 that affects engulfment and cell migration from C. elegans to mammals.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:5 October 2001
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:19
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 16:36
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0092-8674
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S0092-8674(01)00520-7
PubMed ID:11595183

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