Protein tyrosine phosphatase-PEST and 8 integrin regulate spatiotemporal patterns of RhoGDI1 activation in migrating cells. Academic Article uri icon


  • Directional cell motility is essential for normal development and physiology, although how motile cells spatiotemporally activate signaling events remains largely unknown. Here, we have characterized an adhesion and signaling unit comprised of protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP)-PEST and the extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesion receptor 8 integrin that plays essential roles in directional cell motility. 8 integrin and PTP-PEST form protein complexes at the leading edge of migrating cells and balance patterns of Rac1 and Cdc42 signaling by controlling the subcellular localization and phosphorylation status of Rho GDP dissociation inhibitor 1 (RhoGDI1). Translocation of Src-phosphorylated RhoGDI1 to the cell's leading edge promotes local activation of Rac1 and Cdc42, whereas dephosphorylation of RhoGDI1 by integrin-bound PTP-PEST promotes RhoGDI1 release from the membrane and sequestration of inactive Rac1/Cdc42 in the cytoplasm. Collectively, these data reveal a finely tuned regulatory mechanism for controlling signaling events at the leading edge of directionally migrating cells.

published proceedings

  • Mol Cell Biol

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, H. S., Cheerathodi, M., Chaki, S. P., Reyes, S. B., Zheng, Y., Lu, Z., ... McCarty, J. H.

citation count

  • 33

complete list of authors

  • Lee, Hye Shin||Cheerathodi, Mujeeburahiman||Chaki, Sankar P||Reyes, Steve B||Zheng, Yanhua||Lu, Zhimin||Paidassi, Helena||DerMardirossian, Celine||Lacy-Hulbert, Adam||Rivera, Gonzalo M||McCarty, Joseph H

publication date

  • April 2015