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Cellular actin networks exhibit diverse filamentous architectures and turnover dynamics, but how these differences are specified remains poorly understood. Here, we used multicolor total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to ask how decoration of actin filaments by five biologically prominent Tropomyosin (TPM) isoforms influences disassembly induced by Cofilin alone, or by the collaborative effects of Cofilin, Coronin, and AIP1 (CCA). TPM decoration restricted Cofilin binding to pointed ends, while not interfering with Coronin binding to filament sides. Different isoforms of TPM provided variable levels of protection against disassembly, with the strongest protection by Tpm3.1 and the weakest by Tpm1.6. In biomimetic assays in which filaments were simultaneously assembled by formins and disassembled by CCA, these TPM isoform-specific effects persisted, giving rise to filaments with different lengths and treadmilling behavior. Together, our data reveal that TPM isoforms have quantitatively distinct abilities to tune actin filament length and turnover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-679
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular biology of the cell
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2019


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