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Synergistic phase separation of two pathways promotes integrin clustering and nascent adhesion formation

Citation

Case, Lindsay; Rosen, Michael (2022), Synergistic phase separation of two pathways promotes integrin clustering and nascent adhesion formation, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.9p8cz8wj0

Abstract

Integrin adhesion complexes (IACs) are integrin-based plasma membrane-associated compartments where cells sense environmental cues. The physical mechanisms and molecular interactions that mediate initial IAC formation are unclear. We found that both p130Cas (“Cas”) and Focal adhesion kinase (“FAK”) undergo liquid-liquid phase separation in vitrounder physiologic conditions. Cas- and FAK- driven phase separation is sufficient to reconstitute kindlin-dependent integrin clustering in vitro with recombinant mammalian proteins. In vitro condensates and IACs in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) exhibit similar sensitivities to environmental perturbations including changes in temperature and pH. Furthermore, mutations that inhibit or enhance phase separation in vitro reduce or increase the number of IACs in MEFs, respectively. Finally, we find that the Cas and FAK pathways act synergistically to promote phase separation, integrin clustering, IAC formation and partitioning of key components in vitro and in cells. We propose that Cas- and FAK- driven phase separation provides an intracellular trigger for integrin clustering and nascent IAC formation.