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Trends Biochem Sci. 2005 Jun;30(6):342-53.

Formin proteins: a domain-based approach.

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Department of Biochemistry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover NH 03755, USA.


Formin proteins are potent regulators of actin dynamics. Most eukaryotes have multiple formin isoforms, suggesting diverse cellular roles. Formins are modular proteins, containing a series of domains and functional motifs. The Formin homology 2 (FH2) domain binds actin filament barbed ends and moves processively as these barbed ends elongate or depolymerize. The FH1 domain influences FH2 domain function through binding to the actin monomer-binding protein, profilin. Outside of FH1 and FH2, amino acid similarity between formins decreases, suggesting diverse mechanisms for regulation and cellular localization. Some formins are regulated by auto-inhibition through interaction between the diaphanous inhibitory domain (DID) and diaphanous auto-regulatory domain (DAD), and activated by Rho GTPase binding to GTPase-binding domains (GBD). Other formins lack DAD, DID and GBD, and their regulatory mechanisms await elucidation.

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