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Structural basis for the autoinhibition of talin in regulating integrin activation.


ABSTRACT: Activation of heterodimeric (alpha/beta) integrin transmembrane receptors by the 270 kDa cytoskeletal protein talin is essential for many important cell adhesive and physiological responses. A key step in this process involves interaction of phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domain in the N-terminal head of talin (talin-H) with integrin beta membrane-proximal cytoplasmic tails (beta-MP-CTs). Compared to talin-H, intact talin exhibits low potency in inducing integrin activation. Using NMR spectroscopy, we show that the large C-terminal rod domain of talin (talin-R) interacts with talin-H and allosterically restrains talin in a closed conformation. We further demonstrate that talin-R specifically masks a region in talin-PTB where integrin beta-MP-CT binds and competes with it for binding to talin-PTB. The inhibitory interaction is disrupted by a constitutively activating mutation (M319A) or by phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate, a known talin activator. These data define a distinct autoinhibition mechanism for talin and suggest how it controls integrin activation and cell adhesion.

SUBMITTER: Goksoy E 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC2522368 | BioStudies | 2008-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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