PAK proteins are critical effectors that link Rho GTPases to cytoskeleton reorganization and nuclear signaling. PAK proteins, a family of serine/threonine p21-activating kinases, include PAK1, PAK2, PAK3, PAK4, PAK5, and PAK6. PAK proteins serve as targets for the small GTP binding proteins Cdc42 and Rac and have been implicated in a wide range of biological activities. PAK4 interacts specifically with the GTP-bound form of Cdc42Hs and weakly activates the JNK family of MAP kinases. PAK4 is a mediator of filopodia formation and may play a role in the reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton.
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Protein Aliases: p21 protein (Cdc42/Rac)-activated kinase 4; p21(CDKN1A)-activated kinase 4; p21-activated kinase 4; PAK-4; protein kinase related to S. cerevisiae STE20, effector for Cdc42Hs; Serine/threonine-protein kinase PAK 4
Gene Aliases: 5730488L07Rik; AW555722; KIAA1142; mKIAA1142; PAK4