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FEBS Lett. 2001 Oct 26;507(2):133-6.

Interaction between two adapter proteins, PAG and EBP50: a possible link between membrane rafts and actin cytoskeleton.

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Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague.


Phosphoprotein associated with GEMs (PAG), also known as Csk-binding protein (Cbp), is a broadly expressed palmitoylated transmembrane adapter protein found in membrane rafts, also called GEMs (glycosphingolipid-enriched membrane microdomains). PAG is known to bind and activate the essential regulator of Src-family kinases, cytoplasmic protein tyrosine kinase Csk. In the present study we used the yeast 2-hybrid system to search for additional proteins which might bind to PAG. We have identified the abundant cytoplasmic adapter protein EBP50 (ezrin/radixin/moesin (ERM)-binding phosphoprotein of 50 kDa), also known as NHERF (Na(+)/H(+) exchanger regulatory factor), as a specific PAG-binding partner. The interaction involves the C-terminal sequence (TRL) of PAG and N-terminal PDZ domain(s) of EBP50. As EBP50 is known to interact via its C-terminal domain with the ERM-family proteins, which in turn bind to actin cytoskeleton, the PAG-EBP50 interaction may be important for connecting membrane rafts to the actin cytoskeleton.

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