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Espins are multifunctional actin cytoskeletal regulatory proteins in the microvilli of chemosensory and mechanosensory cells.

Sekerková G, Zheng L, Loomis PA, Changyaleket B, Whitlon DS, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

J Neurosci. 2004 Jun 9;24(23):5445-56.


Espins and the actin cytoskeleton of hair cell stereocilia and sensory cell microvilli.

Sekerková G, Zheng L, Loomis PA, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

Cell Mol Life Sci. 2006 Oct;63(19-20):2329-41. Review.


Novel espin actin-bundling proteins are localized to Purkinje cell dendritic spines and bind the Src homology 3 adapter protein insulin receptor substrate p53.

Sekerková G, Loomis PA, Changyaleket B, Zheng L, Eytan R, Chen B, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

J Neurosci. 2003 Feb 15;23(4):1310-9.


Espin actin-cytoskeletal proteins are in rat type I spiral ganglion neurons and include splice-isoforms with a functional nuclear localization signal.

Sekerková G, Zheng L, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

J Comp Neurol. 2008 Aug 20;509(6):661-76. doi: 10.1002/cne.21755.


Espin cross-links cause the elongation of microvillus-type parallel actin bundles in vivo.

Loomis PA, Zheng L, Sekerková G, Changyaleket B, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

J Cell Biol. 2003 Dec 8;163(5):1045-55. Epub 2003 Dec 1.


Espin cytoskeletal proteins in the sensory cells of rodent taste buds.

Sekerková G, Freeman D, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

J Neurocytol. 2005 Sep;34(3-5):171-82. Epub 2006 Jul 13.


Targeted wild-type and jerker espins reveal a novel, WH2-domain-dependent way to make actin bundles in cells.

Loomis PA, Kelly AE, Zheng L, Changyaleket B, Sekerková G, Mugnaini E, Ferreira A, Mullins RD, Bartles JR.

J Cell Sci. 2006 Apr 15;119(Pt 8):1655-65. Epub 2006 Mar 28.


Roles of the espin actin-bundling proteins in the morphogenesis and stabilization of hair cell stereocilia revealed in CBA/CaJ congenic jerker mice.

Sekerková G, Richter CP, Bartles JR.

PLoS Genet. 2011 Mar;7(3):e1002032. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002032. Epub 2011 Mar 24.


Characterization and regulation of an additional actin-filament-binding site in large isoforms of the stereocilia actin-bundling protein espin.

Zheng L, Beeler DM, Bartles JR.

J Cell Sci. 2014 Mar 15;127(Pt 6):1306-17. doi: 10.1242/jcs.143255. Epub 2014 Jan 14. Erratum in: J Cell Sci. 2015 Jun 1;128(11):2208.


The deaf jerker mouse has a mutation in the gene encoding the espin actin-bundling proteins of hair cell stereocilia and lacks espins.

Zheng L, Sekerková G, Vranich K, Tilney LG, Mugnaini E, Bartles JR.

Cell. 2000 Aug 4;102(3):377-85.


Small espin: a third actin-bundling protein and potential forked protein ortholog in brush border microvilli.

Bartles JR, Zheng L, Li A, Wierda A, Chen B.

J Cell Biol. 1998 Oct 5;143(1):107-19.


Whirlin interacts with espin and modulates its actin-regulatory function: an insight into the mechanism of Usher syndrome type II.

Wang L, Zou J, Shen Z, Song E, Yang J.

Hum Mol Genet. 2012 Feb 1;21(3):692-710. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddr503. Epub 2011 Nov 2.


Correlation of expression of the actin filament-bundling protein espin with stereociliary bundle formation in the developing inner ear.

Li H, Liu H, Balt S, Mann S, Corrales CE, Heller S.

J Comp Neurol. 2004 Jan 1;468(1):125-34.


Localisation of actin, villin, fimbrin, ezrin and ankyrin in rat taste receptor cells.

Höfer D, Drenckhahn D.

Histochem Cell Biol. 1999 Jul;112(1):79-86.


Myosin IIIa boosts elongation of stereocilia by transporting espin 1 to the plus ends of actin filaments.

Salles FT, Merritt RC Jr, Manor U, Dougherty GW, Sousa AD, Moore JE, Yengo CM, Dosé AC, Kachar B.

Nat Cell Biol. 2009 Apr;11(4):443-50. doi: 10.1038/ncb1851. Epub 2009 Mar 15.


Balanced levels of Espin are critical for stereociliary growth and length maintenance.

Rzadzinska A, Schneider M, Noben-Trauth K, Bartles JR, Kachar B.

Cell Motil Cytoskeleton. 2005 Nov;62(3):157-65.


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