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Exp Cell Res. 1992 Mar;199(1):90-7.

The epidermal growth factor receptor is associated with actin filaments.

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Department of Molecular Cell Biology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.


In this paper we describe our investigations on the association of receptors for the epidermal growth factor (EGF) with the cytoskeleton of A431 cells. In order to determine which filamentous system the EGF receptors are associated to, the cytoskeletal fraction to which these receptors bind was isolated. Second, the possible colocalization of EGF receptors with different cytoskeletal elements was examined in A431 cells. By selective extractions of the A431 cytoskeletons, it is shown that more than 90% of the cytoskeleton-associated EGF receptors are removed from the cytoskeletons together with the actin filamentous system. During several cycles of poly- and depolymerization of actin isolated from A431 cells, the EGF receptor precipitates together with the actin containing filaments, indicating that EGF receptors are able to bind in vitro to actin filaments. With immunofluorescence studies we show that EGF receptors especially colocalize with actin filaments. These results demonstrate that the EGF receptor is associated specifically with actin filaments in A431 cells.

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