A Luciferase Fragment Complementation Assay to Detect Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) Signaling Events
63 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2022 Publication Status: Under Review
Integrin Adhesion Complexes (IACs) serve as links between the cytoskeleton and extracellular environment, acting as mechanosensing and signaling hubs. As such, IACs participate in many aspects of cellular motility, tissue morphogenesis, anchorage-dependent growth and cell survival. Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) has emerged as a critical organizer of IAC signaling events due to its early recruitment and diverse substrates, and thus has become a genetic and therapeutic target. Here we present the design and characterization of simple, reversible, and scalable Bimolecular Complementation sensors to monitor FAK phosphorylation in living cells. These probes provide novel means to quantify IAC signaling, expanding on the currently available toolkit for interrogating FAK phosphorylation during diverse cellular processes.
Keywords: Integrin Adhesion Complexes, Focal Adhesions, Focal Adhesion Kinase, Integrin, Cell Migration, Cell Motility, Luciferase Fragment Complementation Assay, Split Luciferase
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