Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7829-7852; doi:10.3390/ijms14047829

Emerging Roles for Intersectin (ITSN) in Regulating Signaling and Disease Pathways

Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois Cancer Center, Center for Cardiovascular Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
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Received: 19 February 2013; in revised form: 2 April 2013 / Accepted: 3 April 2013 / Published: 10 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Signalling Molecules and Signal Transduction in Cells)
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Abstract: Intersectins (ITSNs) represent a family of multi-domain adaptor proteins that regulate endocytosis and cell signaling. ITSN genes are highly conserved and present in all metazoan genomes examined thus far. Lower eukaryotes have only one ITSN gene, whereas higher eukaryotes have two ITSN genes. ITSN was first identified as an endocytic scaffold protein, and numerous studies reveal a conserved role for ITSN in endocytosis. Subsequently, ITSNs were found to regulate multiple signaling pathways including receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), GTPases, and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase Class 2beta (PI3KC2β). ITSN has also been implicated in diseases such as Down Syndrome (DS), Alzheimer Disease (AD), and other neurodegenerative disorders. This review summarizes the evolutionary conservation of ITSN, the latest research on the role of ITSN in endocytosis, the emerging roles of ITSN in regulating cell signaling pathways, and the involvement of ITSN in human diseases such as DS, AD, and cancer.
Keywords: Intersectin; endocytosis; cell signaling; Ras; PI3KC2β; Down Syndrome; Alzheimer Disease; cancer; neuroblastoma; glioblastoma

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Hunter, M.P.; Russo, A.; O'Bryan, J.P. Emerging Roles for Intersectin (ITSN) in Regulating Signaling and Disease Pathways. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 7829-7852.

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Hunter MP, Russo A, O'Bryan JP. Emerging Roles for Intersectin (ITSN) in Regulating Signaling and Disease Pathways. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2013; 14(4):7829-7852.

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Hunter, Michael P.; Russo, Angela; O'Bryan, John P. 2013. "Emerging Roles for Intersectin (ITSN) in Regulating Signaling and Disease Pathways." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 14, no. 4: 7829-7852.

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