Dystroglycan (DG) is a transmembrane protein widely expressed in multiple cells and tissues. It is formed by two subunits, alpha- and beta-DG, and represents a molecular bridge between the outside and the inside of the cell, which is essential for the mechanical and structural stability of the plasma membrane. The alpha-subunit is a cell-surface protein that binds to the extracellular matrix (ECM) and is tightly associated with the plasma membrane via a non-covalent interaction with the beta-subunit, which, in turn, is a transmembrane protein that binds to the cytoskeletal actin. DG is a versatile molecule acting not only as a mechanical building block but also as a modulator of outside-inside signaling events. The cytoplasmic domain of beta-DG interacts with different adaptor and cytoskeletal proteins that function as molecular switches for the transmission of ECM signals inside the cells. These interactions can modulate the involvement of DG in different biological processes, ranging from cell growth and survival to differentiation and proliferation/regeneration. Although the molecular events that characterize signaling through the ECM-DG-cytoskeleton axis are still largely unknown, in recent years, a growing list of evidence has started to fill the gaps in our understanding of the role of DG in signal transduction. This mini-review represents an update of recent developments, uncovering the dual role of DG as an adhesion and signaling molecule that might inspire new ideas for the design of novel therapeutic strategies for pathologies such as muscular dystrophy, cardiomyopathy, and cancer, where the DG signaling hub plays important roles.

Sciandra, F., Bozzi, M., Bigotti, M. G., From adhesion complex to signaling hub: the dual role of dystroglycan, <<FRONTIERS IN MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES>>, 2023; 10 (december): 1325284-N/A. [doi:10.3389/fmolb.2023.1325284] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/261536]

From adhesion complex to signaling hub: the dual role of dystroglycan

Sciandra, Francesca;Bozzi, Manuela;
2023

Abstract

Dystroglycan (DG) is a transmembrane protein widely expressed in multiple cells and tissues. It is formed by two subunits, alpha- and beta-DG, and represents a molecular bridge between the outside and the inside of the cell, which is essential for the mechanical and structural stability of the plasma membrane. The alpha-subunit is a cell-surface protein that binds to the extracellular matrix (ECM) and is tightly associated with the plasma membrane via a non-covalent interaction with the beta-subunit, which, in turn, is a transmembrane protein that binds to the cytoskeletal actin. DG is a versatile molecule acting not only as a mechanical building block but also as a modulator of outside-inside signaling events. The cytoplasmic domain of beta-DG interacts with different adaptor and cytoskeletal proteins that function as molecular switches for the transmission of ECM signals inside the cells. These interactions can modulate the involvement of DG in different biological processes, ranging from cell growth and survival to differentiation and proliferation/regeneration. Although the molecular events that characterize signaling through the ECM-DG-cytoskeleton axis are still largely unknown, in recent years, a growing list of evidence has started to fill the gaps in our understanding of the role of DG in signal transduction. This mini-review represents an update of recent developments, uncovering the dual role of DG as an adhesion and signaling molecule that might inspire new ideas for the design of novel therapeutic strategies for pathologies such as muscular dystrophy, cardiomyopathy, and cancer, where the DG signaling hub plays important roles.
2023
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Sciandra, F., Bozzi, M., Bigotti, M. G., From adhesion complex to signaling hub: the dual role of dystroglycan, <<FRONTIERS IN MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES>>, 2023; 10 (december): 1325284-N/A. [doi:10.3389/fmolb.2023.1325284] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/261536]
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