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J Cell Sci. 2005 Apr 1;118(Pt 7):1537-47. Epub 2005 Mar 15.

WASP-related proteins, Abi1 and Ena/VASP are required for Listeria invasion induced by the Met receptor.

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Unité des Interactions Bactéries-Cellules, Institut Pasteur, INSERM U604, INRA USC2020, 28 rue du Docteur Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France.

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  • J Cell Sci. 2005 Apr 15;118(Pt 8):1769.


Internalisation of the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes involves interactions between the invasion protein InlB and the hepatocyte growth factor receptor, Met. Using colocalisation studies, dominant-negative constructs and small interfering RNA (siRNA), we demonstrate a cell-type-dependent requirement for various WASP-related proteins in Listeria entry and InlB-induced membrane ruffling. The WAVE2 isoform is essential for InlB-induced cytoskeletal rearrangements in Vero cells. In HeLa cells, WAVE1, WAVE2 and N-WASP cooperate to promote these processes. Abi1, a key component of WAVE complexes, is recruited at the entry site in both cell types and its inactivation by RNA interference impairs InlB-mediated processes. Ena/VASP proteins also play a role in Listeria internalization, and their deregulation by sequestration or overexpression, modifies actin cups beneath entering particles. Taken together, these results identify the WAVE complex, N-WASP and Ena/VASP as key effectors of the Met signalling pathway and of Listeria entry and highlight the existence of redundant and/or cooperative functions among WASP-family members.

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