The amino acid sequences deduced from cDNA analyses revealed that human leucocyte L-plastin phosphorylated in response to interleukin 1, 2 closely resembles a chicken intestinal microvilli protein, fimbrin, that bundles actin filaments [de Arruda et al. (1990) J. Cell Biol. 111, 1069-1079]. In the present work, it was observed that unphosphorylated L-plastin isolated from human T cells bundled F-actin just as fimbrin does. L-Plastin acted on T cell β-actin, but hardly acted on muscle γ-actin or chicken gizzard α-actin, whereas fimbrin bundled muscle α-actin. Unlike fimbrin, L-plastin's actin-bundling action was strictly calcium-dependent: the bundles were formed at pCa 7, but not at pCa 6. Under suitable conditions, approximately one molecule of L-plastin bound to 8 molecules of actin monomer in the actin filament.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Biochemistry|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology