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  • 1
    Keywords: CELL ; Germany ; RISK ; RISKS ; DRUG ; COMPLEXES ; NUCLEI ; ERYTHROPOIETIN ; RE ; XENOPUS-LAEVIS OOCYTES
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16815349
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  • 2
    Keywords: ACCUMULATION, ADIPOCYTES, adipophilin, ALCOHOL, ASSOCIATION, CELL, CELLS, COUNTRIES, DISORDER, DOMAI
    Abstract: Fatty change (steatosis) is the most frequent liver pathology in western countries and is caused by a broad range of disorders such as alcohol abuse and metabolic syndrome. The surface layer of lipid droplets (LDs) contains members of a protein family that share homologous sequences and domains, the so-called PAT proteins, named after their constituents, perilipin, adipophilin, and TIP47. We characterized the LD-associated proteins in normal and diseased liver connected with LD accumulation. Adipophilin and TIP47 are expressed in LDs of vitamin A-storing hepatic stellate cells and additionally in LDs of steatotic hepatocytes. Perilipin, which was thought to be characteristic for LDs of adipocytes and steroidogenic cells, becomes de novo expressed in hcpatocytes of human steatotic liver. Perilipin splice variant A was found in human steatotic hepatocytes by biochemical, molecular biological, and immunohistochemical methods. Its association with LDs is different from TIP47 and adipophilin, and depends on size and localization of the LDs, suggesting that the different PAT proteins play specific roles during maturation of LDs
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18393390
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  • 3
    Keywords: BIOLOGY, Blood-testis (Sertoli cell) barrier, CELL, CELLS, CELL-SELECTIVE KNOCKOUT, claudins, DEFECT
    Abstract: One of the major roles of Sertoli cells is to establish the blood-testis (Sertoli cell) barrier (BTB), which is permanently assembled and disassembled to accommodate the translocation of leptotene spermatocytes from the basal into the adluminal compartment of the seminiferous epithelium and to guarantee completion of meiosis and spermiogenesis. Recently, we have demonstrated spermatogenesis to be arrested before spermatid elongation in Gnpat-null mice with selective deficiency of ether lipids (ELs) whose functions are poorly understood. In this study, we have focused on the spatio-temporal expression of several BTB tight-junctional proteins in the first wave of spermatogenesis to obtain insights into the physiological role of ELs during BTB establishment and dynamics. Our data confirm the transient existence of Russell's intermediate or translocation compartment delineated by two separate claudin-3-positive luminal and basal tight junctions and reveal that EL deficiency blocks BTB remodeling. This block is associated with (1) downregulation and mistargeting of claudin-3 and (2) impaired BTB disassembly resulting in deficient sealing of the intermediate compartment as shown by increased BTB permeability to biotin. These results suggest that ELs are essential for cyclic BTB dynamics ensuring the sluice mechanism for leptotene translocation into the adluminal compartment
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19495798
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  • 4
    Abstract: ABSTRACT The delivery of molecules into cells poses a critical problem that has to be solved for the development of diagnostic tools and therapeutic agents acting on intracellular targets. Cargos which by themselves cannot penetrate cellular membranes due to their biophysical properties can achieve cell membrane permeability by fusion to protein transduction domains (PTDs). Here, we engineered a universal delivery system based on PTD-fused Strep-Tactin (ST) which we named Transtactin. Biochemical characterization of Transtactin variants bearing different PTDs indicated high thermal stabilities and robust secondary structures. Internalization studies demonstrated that Transtactins facilitated simple and safe transport of Strep-tag II-linked small molecules, peptides, and multicomponent complexes, or biotinylated proteins into cultured human cells. Transtactin-introduced cargos were functionally active, as shown for horseradish peroxidase serving as a model protein. Our results demonstrate that Transtactin provides a universal and efficient delivery system for Strep-tag II-fused cargos.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 19602053
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  • 5
    Keywords: EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; RIGHT-VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY ; DESMOPLAKIN-CONTAINING JUNCTIONS ; intercalated disks ; HEART-MUSCLE CELLS ; COMPLEXUS ADHAERENTES ; plakophilin-2 ; AREA-COMPOSITA ; RAT CARDIOMYOCYTES ; VERTEBRATES
    Abstract: Recently the protein myozap (myocardium-enriched zonula adhaerens protein), a 54-kDa polypeptide, which is not a member of any of the known cytoskeletal and junctional protein multigene families, has been identified as a constituent of the plaques of the composite junctions in the intercalated disks connecting the cardiomyocytes of mammalian hearts. Using a set of novel, highly sensitive and specific antibodies we now report that myozap is also a major constituent of the cytoplasmic plaques of the adherens junctions (AJs) connecting the endothelial cells of the mammalian blood and lymph vascular systems, including the desmoplakin-containing complexus adhaerentes of the virgultar cells of lymph node sinus. In light and electron microscopic immunolocalization experiments we show that myozap colocalizes with several proteins of desmosomal plaques as well as with AJ-specific transmembrane molecules, including VE-cadherin. In biochemical analyses, rigorous immunoprecipitation experiments have revealed N-cadherin, desmoplakin, desmoglein-2, plakophilin-2, plakoglobin and plectin as very stably bound complex partners. We conclude that myozap is a general component of cell-cell junctions not only in the myocardium but also in diverse endothelia of the blood and lymph vascular systems of adult mammals, suggesting that this protein not only serves a specific role in the heart but also a broader set of functions in the vessel systems. We also propose to use myozap as an endothelial cell type marker in diagnoses.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 21992629
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  • 6
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; ACCUMULATION ; MICE ; SKELETAL-MUSCLE ; INSULIN-RESISTANCE ; adipophilin ; DIFFERENTIATION-RELATED PROTEIN ; FATTY LIVER ; PERILIPIN ; PAT-FAMILY
    Abstract: AIMS: Lipid droplets (LDs) are dynamic storage compartments for energy-rich fats that are nearly ubiquitously present in eukaryotic cells, exerting tissue-specific functions in metabolically active cell types, and are increased in conditions following cellular damage or lipid overload. The LD-cytoplasm interface is stabilized by amphiphilic proteins of the PAT/perilipin family (perilipin/perilipin-1, adipophilin/perilipin-2, and TIP47/perilipin-3). We evaluated the value of adipophilin immunohistochemistry for the diagnosis of diseases associated with LD accumulation. METHODS AND RESULTS: In human tissues, adipophilin-positive LDs were especially prominent in steroidogenic cells of the adrenal gland, testis, and ovary, in hepatocytes and hepatic stellate cells, in cardiac, striated and smooth myocytes, in lactating mammary gland epithelial cells, and in plurivacuolar adipocytes. Variable amounts of adipophilin-positive LDs were also detected almost ubiquitously in epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract and skin. In diseases associated with lipid storage, adipophilin was strongly expressed in lipid-laden macrophages in atherosclerosis, in cardiomyopathies, kidney diseases, hepatocyte steatosis, colon ischaemia, and at the border of organ infarcts. CONCLUSIONS: Adipophilin immunohistochemistry visualizes small LDs in tissues under physiological and disease conditions that are not visible by conventional light microscopy. Immunohistology for adipophilin may facilitate histomorphological diagnosis of diseases and definition of the extent of metabolic dysregulation, such as in organ infarcts, cardiomyopathies, kidney diseases, and microvesicular steatosis.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23347084
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  • 7
    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; TUMOR-CELLS ; INTERMEDIATE-FILAMENTS ; vimentin ; cholesterol ; ELECTRON-MICROSCOPY ; DIFFERENTIATION-RELATED PROTEIN ; PAT-FAMILY ; ADIPOSE CONVERSION ; ADRENAL-CELLS
    Abstract: Lipid droplets (LDs) are spherical accumulations of apolar lipids and other hydrophobic substances and are generally surrounded by a thin cortical layer of specific amphiphilic proteins (APs). These APs segregate the LDs from the mostly polar components of the cytoplasm. We have studied LDs in epithelium-derived cell cultures and in particular characterized proteins from the perilipin (PLIN) gene family - in mammals consisting of the proteins Perilipin, Adipophilin, TIP47, S3-12 and MLDP/OXPAT (PLIN 1-5). Using a large number of newly generated and highly specific mono- and polyclonal antibodies specific for individual APs, and using improved LD isolation methods, we have enriched and characterized APs in greater detail and purity. The majority of lipid-AP complexes could be obtained in the top layer fractions of density gradient centrifugation separations of cultured cells, but APs could also be detected in other fractions within such separations. The differently sized LD complexes were analyzed using various biochemical methods and mass spectrometry as well as immunofluorescence and electron- in particular immunoelectron-microscopy. Moreover, by immunoprecipitation, protein-protein binding assays and by immunoelectron microscopy we identified a direct linkage between LD-binding proteins and the intermediate-sized filaments (IF) cytokeratins 8 and 18 (also designated as keratins K8 and K18). Specifically, in gradient fractions of higher density supposedly containing small LDs, we received as co-precipitations cytidylyl-, palmitoyl- and cholesterol transferases and other specific enzymes involved in lipid metabolism. So far, common proteomic studies have used LDs from top layer fractions only and did not report on these transferases and other enzymes. In addition to findings of short alternating hydrophobic/hydrophilic segments within the PLIN protein family, we propose and discuss a model for the interaction of LD-coating APs with IF proteins.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23704888
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  • 8
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; PROTEINS ; INTERMEDIATE-FILAMENTS ; cholesterol ; ELECTRON-MICROSCOPY ; Caveolin ; PAT-FAMILY ; ADIPOSE CONVERSION ; SURFACE-LAYER
    Abstract: We report on the heterogeneity and diversity of lipid droplets (LDs) in early stages of adipogenesis by elucidating the cell and molecular biology of amphiphilic and cytoskeletal proteins regulating and stabilizing the generation of LDs in human adipose cells. A plethora of distinct and differently sized LDs was detected by a brief application of adipocyte differentiation medium and additional short treatment with oleic acid. Using these cells and highly specific antibodies for LD-binding proteins of the perilipin (PLIN) family, we could distinguish between endogenously derived LDs (endogenous LDs) positive for perilipin from exogenously induced LDs (exogenous LDs) positive for adipophilin, TIP47 and S3-12. Having optimized these stimulation conditions, we used early adipogenic differentiation stages to investigate small-sized LDs and concentrated on LD-protein associations with the intermediate-sized filament (IF) vimentin. This IF protein was described earlier to surround lipid globules, showing spherical, cage-like structures. Consequently - by biochemical methods, by immunofluorescence microscopy and by electron- and immunoelectron microscopy - various stages of emerging lipid globules were revealed with perilipin as linking protein between LDs and vimentin. For this LD-PLIN-Vimentin connection, a model is now proposed, suggesting an interaction of proteins via opposed charged amino acid domains respectively. In addition, multiple sheaths of smooth endoplasmic reticulum cisternae surrounding concentrically nascent LDs are shown. Based on our comprehensive localization studies we present and discuss a novel pathway for the LD formation.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24587346
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  • 9
    Keywords: DESMOSOMAL PLAQUE PROTEINS ; ADHERENS JUNCTIONS ; N-CADHERIN ; SERTOLI-CELL ; POSTNATAL-DEVELOPMENT ; MALE CONTRACEPTIVE DEVELOPMENT ; RAT TESTIS ; ECTOPLASMIC SPECIALIZATION ; BARRIER DYNAMICS ; CYTOSKELETAL PROTEINS
    Abstract: The seminiferous tubules and the excurrent ducts of the mammalian testis are physiologically separated from the mesenchymal tissues and the blood and lymph system by a special structural barrier to paracellular translocations of molecules and particles: the "blood-testis barrier", formed by junctions connecting Sertoli cells with each other and with spermatogonial cells. In combined biochemical as well as light and electron microscopical studies we systematically determine the molecules located in the adhering junctions of adult mammalian (human, bovine, porcine, murine, i.e., rat and mouse) testis. We show that the seminiferous epithelium does not contain desmosomes, or "desmosome-like" junctions, nor any of the desmosome-specific marker molecules and that the adhering junctions of tubules and ductules are fundamentally different. While the ductules contain classical epithelial cell layers with E-cadherin-based adherens junctions (AJs) and typical desmosomes, the Sertoli cells of the tubules lack desmosomes and "desmosome-like" junctions but are connected by morphologically different forms of AJs. These junctions are based on N-cadherin anchored in cytoplasmic plaques, which in some subforms appear thick and dense but in other subforms contain only scarce and loosely arranged plaque structures formed by alpha- and beta-catenin, proteins p120, p0071 and plakoglobin, together with a member of the striatin family and also, in rodents, the proteins ZO-1 and myozap. These N-cadherin-based AJs also include two novel types of junctions: the "areae adhaerentes", i.e., variously-sized, often very large cell-cell contacts and small sieve-plate-like AJs perforated by cytoplasm-to-cytoplasm channels of 5-7 nm internal diameter ("cribelliform junctions"). We emphasize the unique character of this epithelium that totally lacks major epithelial marker molecules and structures such as keratin filaments and desmosomal elements as well as EpCAM- and PERP-containing junctions. We also discuss the nature, development and possible functions of these junctions.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24907851
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  • 10
    Keywords: RIGHT-VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY ; DESMOPLAKIN-CONTAINING JUNCTIONS ; adhering junctions ; INTERCALATED DISC ; HEART-MUSCLE CELLS ; AREA-COMPOSITA ; PROTEIN PHOSPHATASE 2A ; ARRHYTHMOGENIC CARDIOMYOPATHY ; CALMODULIN-BINDING PROTEIN ; SODIUM CURRENT DEFICIT
    Abstract: Proteins of the striatin family (striatins 1-4; sizes ranging from 90 to 110 kDa on SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis) are highly homologous in their amino acid sequences but can differ in their cell-type-specific gene expression patterns and biological functions. In various cell types, we have found one, two or three polypeptides of this evolutionarily old and nearly ubiquitous family of proteins known to serve as scaffold proteins for diverse protein complexes. Light and electron microscopic immunolocalization methods have revealed striatins in mammalian cell-cell adherens junctions (AJs). In simple epithelia, we have localized striatins as constitutive components of the plaques of the subapical zonulae adhaerentes of cells, including intestinal, glandular, ductal and urothelial cells and hepatocytes. Striatins colocalize with E-cadherin or E-N-cadherin heterodimers and with the plaque proteins alpha- and beta-catenin, p120 and p0071. In some epithelia and carcinomas and in cultured cells derived therefrom, striatins are also seen in lateral AJs. In stratified epithelia and in corresponding squamous cell carcinomas, striatins can be found in plaques of some forms of tessellate junctions. Moreover, striatins are major plaque proteins of composite junctions (CJs; areae compositae) in the intercalated disks connecting cardiomyocytes, colocalizing with other CJ molecules, including plectin and ankyrin-G. We discuss the "multimodulator" scaffold roles of striatins in the initiation and regulation of the formation of various complex particles and structures. We propose that striatins are included in the diagnostic candidate list of proteins that, in the CJs of human hearts, can occur in mutated forms in the pathogeneses of hereditary cardiomyopathies, as seen in some types of genetically determined heart damage in boxer dogs.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 25501894
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