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FEBS Lett. 1998 Dec 18;441(2):337-41.

Identification of a novel actin binding site within the Dp71 dystrophin isoform.

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Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Toronto, Ont, Canada.


The Dp71 dystrophin isoform has recently been shown to localize to actin filament bundles in early myogenesis. We have identified an actin binding motif within Dp71 that is not found in other dystrophin isoforms. Actin overlay assays and transfection of COS-7 cells with fusion proteins of wild type and mutated Flag epitope-tagged Dp71 demonstrate that this motif is necessary and sufficient to direct localization of Dp71 to actin stress fibers. Furthermore, this localization is independent of alternative splicing which alters the C-terminus of the protein. The identification of an actin binding site suggests Dp71 may function to anchor membrane receptors to the cytoskeleton.

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