Induction of membrane circular dorsal ruffles requires co-signalling of integrin-ILK-complex and EGF receptor

S. Babak Azimifar, Ralph T. Böttcher, Sara Zanivan, Carsten Grashoff, Marcus Krüger, Kyle R. Legate, Matthias Mann, Reinhard Fässler

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Integrin and receptor tyrosine kinase signalling networks cooperate to regulate various biological functions. The molecular details underlying the integration of both signalling networks remain largely uncharacterized. Here we identify a signalling module composed of a fibronectin-α5β1-integrin-integrin-linked-kinase (ILK) complex that, in concert with epidermal growth factor (EGF) cues, cooperatively controls the formation of transient actin-based circular dorsal ruffles (DRs) in fibroblasts. DR formation depends on the precise spatial activation of Src at focal adhesions by integrin and EGF receptor signals, in an ILK-dependent manner. In a SILAC-based phosphoproteomics screen we identified the tumour-suppressor Cyld as being required for DR formation induced by α5β1 integrin and EGF receptor co-signalling. Furthermore, EGF-induced Cyld tyrosine phosphorylation is controlled by integrin-ILK and Src as a prerequisite for DR formation. This study provides evidence for a novel function of integrin-ILK and EGF signalling crosstalk in mediating Cyld tyrosine phosphorylation and fast actin-based cytoskeletal rearrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-448
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyld
  • Dorsal ruffles
  • EGF
  • ILK
  • Integrin


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