Endoglin Regulates Cytoskeletal Organization through Binding to ZRP-1, a Member of the Lim Family of Proteins

Sanz-Rodriguez F, Guerrero-Esteo M, Botella LM, Banville D, Vary CP and Bernabeu C
Source: J Biol Chem
Publication Date: (2004)
Issue: 279(31): 32858-32868
Endoglin is a component of the transforming growth factor-beta receptor complex abundantly expressed at the surface of endothelial cells and plays an important role in cardiovascular development and vascular remodeling. By using the cytoplasmic domain of endoglin as a bait for screening protein interactors, we have identified ZRP-1 (zyxin-related protein 1), a 476-amino acid member that belongs to a family of LIM containing proteins that includes zyxin and lipoma-preferred partner. The endoglin interacting region was mapped within the three double zinc finger LIM domains of the ZRP-1 C terminus. Analysis of the subcellular distribution of ZRP-1 demonstrated that in the absence of endoglin, ZRP-1 mainly localizes to focal adhesion sites, whereas in the presence of endoglin ZRP-1 is found along actin stress fibers. Because the LIM family of proteins has been shown to associate with the actin cytoskeleton, we investigated the possibility of a regulatory role for endoglin with regard to this structure. Expression of endoglin resulted in a dramatic reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton. In the absence of endoglin, F-actin was localized to dense aggregates of bundles, whereas in the presence of endoglin, expressed in endothelial cells, F-actin was in stress fibers and colocalized with ZRP-1. Furthermore, small interfering RNA-mediated suppression of endoglin or ZRP-1, or clustering of endoglin in endothelial cells, led to mislocalization of F-actin fibers. These results suggest a regulatory role for endoglin, via its interaction with ZRP-1, in the actin cytoskeletal organization.