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    Cell-matrix adhesions are mainly provided by integrin-mediated focal adhesions (FAs). We previously found that Shp2 is essential for FA maturation by promoting ROCK2 activation at FAs. In this study, we further delineated the role of α-actinin-4 in the FA recruitment and activation of Shp2. We used the conditional immortalized mouse podocytes to examine the role of α-actinin-4 in the regulation of Shp2 and ROCK2 signaling. After the induction of podocyte differentiation, Shp2 and ROCK2 were strongly activated, concomitant with the formation of matured FAs, stress fibers, and interdigitating intracellular junctions in a ROCK-dependent manner. Gene knockout of α-actinin-4 abolished the Shp2 activation and subsequently reduced matured FAs in podocytes. We also demonstrated that gene knockout of ROCK2 impaired the generation of contractility and interdigitating intercellular junctions. Our results reveal the role of α-actinin-4 in the recruitment of Shp2 at FAs to potentiate ROCK2 activation for the maintenance of cellular contractility and cytoskeletal architecture in the cultured podocytes. © 2022 Tseng et al.


    Chien-Chun Tseng, Ru-Hsuan Zheng, Ting-Wei Lin, Chih-Chiang Chou, Yu-Chia Shih, Shao-Wei Liang, Hsiao-Hui Lee. α-Actinin-4 recruits Shp2 into focal adhesions to potentiate ROCK2 activation in podocytes. Life science alliance. 2022 Nov;5(11)

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