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Keywords:

  • adhesion molecules;
  • signalling: signal transduction;
  • cell polarity;
  • phosphorylation

Summary

The ezrin/radixin/moesin (ERM) family of actin-binding proteins act both as linkers between the actin cytoskeleton and plasma membrane proteins and as signal transducers in responses involving cytoskeletal remodelling. The Rho family of GTPases also regulate cytoskeletal organisation, and several molecular pathways linking ERM proteins and Rho GTPases have been described. This review discusses recent findings on ERM protein function in leucocytes and how these may be integrated with Rho GTPase signalling.