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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2002 Sep 13;297(1):32-7.

Interaction of plexin-B1 with PDZ domain-containing Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factors.

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Group of Neurobiology, School of Allied Health Sciences, Osaka University Faculty of Medicine, Yamadaoka 1-7, Suita-shi, Osaka 565-0871, Japan.


The Rho family GTPase has been implicated in plexin-B1, a receptor for Semaphorin 4D (Sema4D), mediating signal transduction. Rho may also play a function in this signaling pathway as well as Rac, but the mechanisms for Rho regulation are poorly understood. In this study, we have identified two kinds of PDZ domain-containing Rho-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factors (RhoGEFs) as proteins interacting with plexin-B1 cytoplasmic domain. These PDZ domain-containing RhoGEFs showed significant homology to human KIAA0380 (PDZ-RhoGEF) and LARG (KIAA0382), respectively. Both KIAA0380 and LARG could bind plexin-B1 and a deletion mutant analysis of plexin-B1, KIAA0380 and LARG revealed that KIAA0380 and LARG bound plexin-B1 cytoplasmic tail through their PDZ domains. The tissue distribution analysis indicated that plexin-B1 was co-localized with KIAA0380 and LARG in various tissues. Immunocytochemical analysis showed that LARG was recruited to plasma membrane by plexin-B1. These results suggest that PDZ domain-containing RhoGEFs play a role in Sema4D-plexin-B1 mediating signal transduction.

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