Polarity establishment requires localized activation of Cdc42.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Establishment of cell polarity in animal and fungal cells involves localization of the conserved Rho-family guanosine triphosphatase, Cdc42, to the cortical region destined to become the "front" of the cell. The high local concentration of active Cdc42 promotes cytoskeletal polarization through various effectors. Cdc42 accumulation at the front is thought to involve positive feedback, and studies in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae have suggested distinct positive feedback mechanisms. One class of mechanisms involves localized activation of Cdc42 at the front, whereas another class involves localized delivery of Cdc42 to the front. Here we show that Cdc42 activation must be localized for successful polarity establishment, supporting local activation rather than local delivery as the dominant mechanism in this system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Woods, B; Kuo, C-C; Wu, C-F; Zyla, TR; Lew, DJ

Published Date

  • October 12, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 211 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 26

PubMed ID

  • 26459595

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4602047

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-8140

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1083/jcb.201506108


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States