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J Cell Physiol. 2000 Sep;184(3):373-9.

Synectin, syndecan-4 cytoplasmic domain binding PDZ protein, inhibits cell migration.

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Angiogenesis Research Center, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


Syndecan-4, a member of the syndecan gene family of proteoglycans, is an important regulator of bFGF signaling. In particular, bFGF-dependent regulation of cell growth and migration has been linked to syndecan-4 cytoplasmic domain-mediated interactions. Screening of a yeast two-hybrid library with a cytoplasmic domain of rat syndecan-4 identified a novel binding partner, here termed synectin. Synectin is highly homologous to semaphorin F binding protein semcap1, glucose 1 transporter binding protein glut1cbp, and RGS-GAIP/neuropilin-1 binding protein GIPC. Overexpression of synectin in ECV304 cells in culture led to a dose-dependent inhibition of migration while not affecting cell adhesion or growth rate. We conclude that synectin is involved in syndecan-4-dependent interactions and may play a role in the assembly of syndecan-4 signaling complex.

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