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Shear stress-induced endothelial cell polarization is mediated by Rho and Rac but not Cdc42 or PI 3-kinases.

Wojciak-Stothard, B; Ridley, AJ; (2003) Shear stress-induced endothelial cell polarization is mediated by Rho and Rac but not Cdc42 or PI 3-kinases. J Cell Biol , 161 (2) 429 - 439. 10.1083/jcb.200210135.

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Abstract

Shear stress induces endothelial polarization and migration in the direction of flow accompanied by extensive remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton. The GTPases RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42 are known to regulate cell shape changes through effects on the cytoskeleton and cell adhesion. We show here that all three GTPases become rapidly activated by shear stress, and that each is important for different aspects of the endothelial response. RhoA was activated within 5 min after stimulation with shear stress and led to cell rounding via Rho-kinase. Subsequently, the cells respread and elongated within the direction of shear stress as RhoA activity returned to baseline and Rac1 and Cdc42 reached peak activation. Cell elongation required Rac1 and Cdc42 but not phosphatidylinositide 3-kinases. Cdc42 and PI3Ks were not required to establish shear stress-induced polarity although they contributed to optimal migration speed. Instead, Rho and Rac1 regulated directionality of cell movement. Inhibition of Rho or Rho-kinase did not affect the cell speed but significantly increased cell displacement. Our results show that endothelial cells reorient in response to shear stress by a two-step process involving Rho-induced depolarization, followed by Rho/Rac-mediated polarization and migration in the direction of flow.

Type:Article
Title:Shear stress-induced endothelial cell polarization is mediated by Rho and Rac but not Cdc42 or PI 3-kinases.
Location:United States
DOI:10.1083/jcb.200210135
Language:English
Additional information:PMCID: PMC2172912
Keywords:Cell Movement, Cell Polarity, Cell Size, Cells, Cultured, Endothelium, Vascular, Enzyme Inhibitors, Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Hemodynamics, Humans, Mutation, Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases, Recombinant Fusion Proteins, Stress, Mechanical, cdc42 GTP-Binding Protein, rac GTP-Binding Proteins, rho GTP-Binding Proteins, rhoA GTP-Binding Protein
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of)
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Medicine (Division of)

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