Arf GAPs and Their Interacting Proteins

Authors

  • Hiroki Inoue,

    1. Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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  • Paul A. Randazzo

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    1. Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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Paul A. Randazzo, randazzo@helix.nih.gov

Abstract

Membrane trafficking and remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton are critical activities contributing to cellular events that include cell growth, migration and tumor invasion. ADP-ribosylation factor (Arf)-directed GTPase activating proteins (GAPs) have crucial roles in these processes. The Arf GAPs function in part by regulating hydrolysis of GTP bound to Arf proteins. The Arf GAPs, which have multiple functional domains, also affect the actin cytoskeleton and membranes by specific interactions with lipids and proteins. A description of these interactions provides insights into the molecular mechanisms by which Arf GAPs regulate physiological and pathological cellular events. Here we describe the Arf GAP family and summarize the currently identified protein interactors in the context of known Arf GAP functions.

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