Cbl-associated protein regulates assembly and function of two tension-sensing structures in Drosophila

Rajnish Bharadwaj, Madhuparna Roy, Tomoko Ohyama, Elena Sivan-Loukianova, Michael Delannoy, Thomas E. Lloyd, Marta Zlatic, Daniel F. Eberl, Alex L. Kolodkin

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Cbl-associated protein (CAP) localizes to focal adhesions and associates with numerous cytoskeletal proteins; however, its physiological roles remain unknown. Here, we demonstrate that Drosophila CAP regulates the organization of two actin-rich structures in Drosophila: muscle attachment sites (MASs), which connect somatic muscles to the body wall; and scolopale cells, which form an integral component of the fly chordotonal organs and mediate mechanosensation. Drosophila CAP mutants exhibit aberrant junctional invaginations and perturbation of the cytoskeletal organization at the MAS. CAP depletion also results in collapse of scolopale cells within chordotonal organs, leading to deficits in larval vibration sensation and adult hearing. We investigate the roles of different CAP protein domains in its recruitment to, and function at, various muscle subcellular compartments. Depletion of the CAP-interacting protein Vinculin results in a marked reduction in CAP levels at MASs, and vinculin mutants partially phenocopy Drosophila CAP mutants. These results show that CAP regulates junctional membrane and cytoskeletal organization at the membrane-cytoskeletal interface of stretch-sensitive structures, and they implicate integrin signaling through a CAP/Vinculin protein complex in stretch-sensitive organ assembly and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-638
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopment (Cambridge)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013


  • CAP
  • Chordotonal organ
  • Drosophila
  • Integrin
  • Muscle attachment site
  • Vinculin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology


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