Tensin3 interaction with talin drives formation of fibronectin-associated fibrillar adhesions

Paul Atherton, Rafaella Konstantinou, Suat Peng Neo, Emily Wang, Eleonora Balloi, Marina Ptushkina, Hayley Bennett, Kath Clark, Jayantha Gunaratne, David Critchley, Igor Barsukov, Edward Manser, Christoph Ballestrem

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The formation of healthy tissue involves continuous remodelling of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Whilst it is known that this requires integrin-associated cell-ECM adhesion sites (CMAs) and actomyosin-mediated forces, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we examine how tensin3 contributes to formation of fibrillar adhesions (FBs) and fibronectin fibrillogenesis. Using BioID mass spectrometry and a mitochondrial targeting assay, we establish that tensin3 associates with the mechanosensors talin and vinculin. We show that the talin R11 rod domain binds directly to a helical motif within the central intrinsically disordered region (IDR) of tensin3, whilst vinculin binds indirectly to tensin3 via talin. Using CRISPR knock-out cells in combination with defined tensin3 mutations, we show (i) that tensin3 is critical for formation of a5b1-integrin FBs and for fibronectin fibrillogenesis, and (ii) the talin/tensin3 interaction drives this process, with vinculin acting to potentiate it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Jul 2022


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