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Dynamics of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate in actin-rich structures

Current Biology, 10(12), 743- 746, June 2000

Photo Needed Edward G. Tall, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
I. Spector, S.N. Pentyala, I. Bitter and M.J. Rebecchi

Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P(2)) is known to regulate a wide range of molecular targets and cellular processes, from ion channels to actin polymerization [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]. Recent studies have used the phospholipase C-delta1 (PLC-delta1) pleckstrin-homology (PH) domain fused to green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a detector for PI(4,5)P(2) in vivo [7] [8] [9] [10]. Although these studies demonstrated that PI(4,5)P(2) is concentrated in the plasma membrane, its association with actin-containing structures was not reported. In the present study, fluorescence imaging of living NIH-3T3 fibroblasts expressing the PLC-delta1 PH domain linked to enhanced green fluorescent protein (PH-EGFP) reveals intense, non-uniform fluorescence in distinct structures at the cell periphery.


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