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Nat Cell Biol. 2004 Nov;6(11):1034-8.

The many faces of filamin: a versatile molecular scaffold for cell motility and signalling.

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Department of Neurology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, New Research Building Rm 266, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Filamins were discovered as the first family of non-muscle actin-binding protein. They are lage cytoplasmic proteins that cross-link cortical actin into a dynamic three-dimensional structure. Filamins have also been reported to interact with a large number of cellular proteins of great functional diversity, suggesting that they are unusually versatile signalling scaffolds. More recently, genetic mutations in filamin A and B have been reported to cause a wide range of human diseases, suggesting that different diseases highlight distinct filamin interactions.

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