DOI: 10.1101/155945Jun 26, 2017Paper

Rap1, AF6 and Pak4 cooperate with Par3 to promote ZA assembly and remodeling in the fly photoreceptor

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Rhian F WaltherFranck Pichaud


The epithelial Zonula adherens (ZA) is a main adhesion compartment that enables organogenesis by allowing epithelial cells to assemble into sheets. How ZA assembly is regulated during epithelial cell morphogenesis is not fully understood. We show that during ZA morphogenesis, the function of the small GTPase Rap1 and the F-actin binding protein AF6/Cno are both linked to that of the P21-activated kinase Pak4/Mbt. We find that Rap1 and Mbt regulate each other' s localization at the ZA and cooperate in promoting ECadherin stabilization. During this process Cno regulates the recruitment of Baz at the ZA, a process that is also regulated by Arm phosphorylation by Mbt. Altogether, we propose that Rap1, Cno and Mbt regulate ZA morphogenesis by coordinating ECadherin stabilization and Baz recruitment and retention. In addition, our work uncovers a new link between two main oncogenes, Rap1 and Pak4/Mbt, in a model developing epithelial cell.

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