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WAVE and Arp2/3 jointly inhibit filopodium formation by entering into a complex with mDia2

Petra Beli, Debora Mascheroni, Dalu Xu, Metello Innocenti
Nature Cell Biology 2008, 10 (7): 849-57
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Lamellipodia/ruffles and filopodia are protruding organelles containing short and highly branched or long and unbranched actin filaments, respectively. The microscopic morphology, dynamic development and protein signature of both lamellipodia/ruffles and filopodia have been investigated; however, little is known about the mechanisms by which cells coordinate the formation of these actin-based extensions. Here, we show that WAVE holds mDia2 and the Arp2/3 complex in a multimolecular complex. WAVE- and Arp2/3-dependent ruffling induced by EGF does not require mDia2. Conversely, the emission of mDia2-dependent filopodia correlates with its disengagement from WAVE. Consistently, the ability of EGF, Cdc42 and serum to induce mDia2-dependent formation of filopodia is increased in the absence of either the WAVE/Abi1/Nap1/PIR121 (WANP) or the Arp2/3 complex. Reintroduction of WAVE2 into WANP-complex knockdown cells markedly reduces filopodia formation independently of actin polymerization. Thus, WAVE and the Arp2/3 complex jointly orchestrate different types of actin-based plasma membrane protrusions by promoting ruffling and inhibiting mDia2-induced filopodia.

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