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  • PROTEIN  (9)
  • ARRHYTHMOGENIC CARDIOMYOPATHY  (2)
  • 1
    Keywords: CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; EPITHELIA ; KERATINOCYTES ; IDENTIFICATION ; MERKEL CELLS ; MELANOMA-CELLS ; ADHERENS JUNCTIONS ; plakophilin-2 ; Asymmetric junctions ; CONTACTS ; CYTOKERATIN ; Heterotypic junctions ; HUMAN-FETAL SKIN
    Abstract: Merkel cells (MCs) are special neuroendocrine epithelial cells that occur as individual cells or as cell groups within the confinements of a major epithelium formed and dominated by other epithelial cells. In the epidermis and some of its appendages MCs are mostly located in the basal cell layer, occasionally also in suprabasal layers and generally occur in linear arrays in outer root sheath cell layers of hair follicles. As MCs are connected to the adjacent keratinocytes by a series of adhering junctions (AJs), of which the desmosomes are the most prominent, these junctions represent heterotypic cell-cell connections, i.e. a kind of structure not yet elucidated in molecular terms. Therefore, we have studied these AJs in order to examine the molecular composition of the desmosomal halves. Using light- and electron-microscopic immunolocalization and keratin 20 as the MC-specific cell type marker we show that the plaques of the MC half of the desmosomes specifically and constitutively contain plakophilin Pkp2. This protein, however, is absent in the keratinocyte half of such heterotypic desmosomes which instead contains Pkp1 and/or Pkp3. We discuss the developmental, tissue-architectonic and functional importance of such asymmetric junctions in normal physiology as well as in diseases, in particular in the formation of distant tumor cell metastasis.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22006253
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  • 2
    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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  • 3
    Keywords: brain ; CELLS ; ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; MODEL ; VITRO ; GENE ; GENES ; PROTEIN ; cell line ; TISSUE ; MARKER ; BIOLOGY ; E7 ; immunohistochemistry ; resistance ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; human papillomavirus ; E6 ; HUMAN-PAPILLOMAVIRUS ; MORPHOLOGY ; BARRIER FUNCTION ; TIGHT JUNCTIONS ; CONJUGATE EXPORT PUMP ; MRP2 ; ORIGIN ; RE ; TRANSFECTION ; P-GLYCOPROTEIN ; blood-brain barrier ; human brain ; ENDOTHELIAL-CELL ; brain capillary endothelial cell ; ATP-BINDING ; BLOOD-BRAIN ; ABC-TRANSPORTERS ; DRUG EFFLUX TRANSPORTERS ; endothelial markers
    Abstract: Primary human brain capillary endothelial cells (hBCECs) are available only in small quantities and have a short life span in vitro; this restricts their use as in vitro model for the blood-brain barrier (BBB). To overcome these limitations, we have established an immortalized hBCEC line (NKIM-6) by transfection with pLXSN16-E6E7, which encodes the human papillomavirus type 16 E6 and E7 genes. The cell line exhibits an extended life span in vitro and retains its characteristic endothelial morphology, endothelial markers, and physiology. Likewise, as demonstrated by immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription/polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), NKIM-6 cells express BBB markers, and the lack of glial, neuronal, and epithelial markers confirms their endothelial origin. Moreover, with quantitative RT-PCR, we have been able to demonstrate that several ATP-binding cassette-transporters are expressed in NKIM-6 cells with a conserved expression order compared with primary hBCECs. Our results suggest that this cell line might be suitable as in vitro model for several aspects of the BBB
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17180596
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  • 4
    Keywords: PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; FUSION ; MUTATIONS ; review ; EMBRYONIC HEART ; RIGHT-VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY ; desmosomes ; MOLECULAR-GENETICS ; ADHERENS JUNCTIONS ; WOOLLY HAIR ; intercalated disk ; PLAKOPHILIN-2 MUTATIONS ; SUDDEN-DEATH ; Arrhythmogenic ventricular cardiomyopathy ; CARDIAC RYANODINE RECEPTOR ; Carvajal disease ; Composite junction ; GENOTYPE-PHENOTYPE ASSESSMENT ; Naxos disease ; PALMOPLANTAR KERATODERMA ; PLAKOGLOBIN-DEFICIENT MICE
    Abstract: In the past decade, an avalanche of findings and reports has correlated arrhythmogenic ventricular cardiomyopathies (ARVC) and Naxos and Carvajal diseases with certain mutations in protein constituents of the special junctions connecting the polar regions (intercalated disks) of mature mammalian cardiomyocytes. These molecules, apparently together with some specific cytoskeletal proteins, are components of (or interact with) composite junctions. Composite junctions contain the amalgamated fusion products of the molecules that, in other cell types and tissues, occur in distinct separate junctions, i.e. desmosomes and adherens junctions. As the pertinent literature is still in an expanding phase and is obviously becoming important for various groups of researchers in basic cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, histology, physiology, cardiology, pathology and genetics, the relevant references so far recognized have been collected and are presented here in the following order: desmocollin-2 (Dsc2, DSC2), desmoglein-2 (Dsg2, DSG2), desmoplakin (DP, DSP), plakoglobin (PG, JUP), plakophilin-2 (Pkp2, PKP2) and some non-desmosomal proteins such as transmembrane protein 43 (TMEM43), ryanodine receptor 2 (RYR2), desmin, lamins A and C, striatin, titin and transforming growth factor-beta 3 (TGF beta 3), followed by a collection of animal models and of reviews, commentaries, collections and comparative studies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22450909
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  • 5
    Keywords: brain ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; SURVIVAL ; AGENTS ; Germany ; MODEL ; THERAPY ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; gene therapy ; MICE ; TUMOR-NECROSIS-FACTOR ; IFN-GAMMA ; INFECTION ; ALPHA ; culture ; MOUSE ; VECTOR ; NECROSIS-FACTOR-ALPHA ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; MINUTE VIRUS ; REPLICATION ; MOUSE MODEL ; INTERFERON ; sensitivity ; autonomous parvovirus ; mannose receptor ; CYTOTOXICITY ; FACTOR-ALPHA ; BRAIN-TUMORS ; CAPACITY ; GLIOMA ; parvovirus ; VIRIONS ; FUNCTIONAL-CHARACTERIZATION ; astrocytoma ; uptake ; CANDIDATE ; glial cells ; IMMUNE FUNCTION ; lipopolysaccharide ; MICROGLIAL CELLS
    Abstract: The sensitivity of brain tumour cells to wild-type or recombinant parvoviruses H1-PV and MVMp makes these agents promising candidates for gene therapy of astrocytoma. This application raises the question of whether parvoviruses exert deleterious or bystander effects on normal glial cells surrounding tumours. We addressed this question in the mouse model by using cell cultures derived from BALB/c, C57BL/6 and VM/Dk strains. Astrocytes and a large proportion of microglia cultures were competent for MVMp uptake. Infection was, however, abortive as replication-associated viral proteins synthesis took place in less than 10% of astrocytes and no progeny virions were produced. This restriction was even more pronounced for microglia in which no viral protein expression could be detected, save for a minute fraction of VM/Dk-derived cells. Infection with MVMp had no significant effect on glial cell survival and did not interfere with their immune potential. Indeed, neither the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/interferon (IFN-gamma)-induced cytotoxicity of VM/Dk-derived microglia towards the mouse glioma (MT539MG) cell line, nor the glial cells capacity for tumour necrosis factor alpha production upon LPS stimulation or LPS/IFN-gamma stimulation were affected by infection with MVMp. Moreover, stimulation with LPS and/or IFN-gamma resulted in a decreased expression of the viral replicative and cytotoxic protein NS1. Together, our data indicate that, in the natural host, a majority of normal glial cells are not competent for MVMp replication and that the abortive infection taking place in a minor fraction of these cells fails to impede their survival and immunocompetence, giving credit to the consideration of autonomous parvoviruses for glioma therapy
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16699801
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    Keywords: PEPTIDE ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; human ; KINASE ; MICROSCOPY ; NEW-YORK ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; cell line ; TISSUE ; FAMILY ; ACTIVATED PROTEIN-KINASE ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; treatment ; cell culture ; ACIDS ; antibodies ; antibody ; MAP KINASE ; DISRUPTION ; PLASMA ; MEMBRANE ; STRESS ; LOCALIZATION ; CHROMATOGRAPHY ; AMINO-ACIDS ; PHORBOL-ESTER ; serine ; CHANNEL ; GAP-JUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION ; growth factors ; hyperosmosis ; INTERCELLULAR COMMUNICATION ; LIVER EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; plasma membranes ; sorbitol ; threonine phosphorylation
    Abstract: We have developed polyclonal antibodies (SA226P) to a peptide of the human connexin43 (Cx43) protein between amino acids 271 and 288 containing phosphorylated S279 and S282. Antibodies specific for the phosphorylated form of the peptide were isolated by double immunoaffinity chromatography and were characterised using proteins of the cell line WB-F344, known to contain large amounts of Cx43. SA226P recognises specifically the slowest migrating Cx43 band in immunoblots of proteins isolated from untreated cells. In immunofluorescence experiments SA226P scarcely stains the plasma membrane in untreated cells in contrast to a commercial antibody recognising all isoforms of the Cx43 protein. EGF or stress treatment of the cells results in a rapid increase in the phosphorylated forms of Cx43 as revealed by immunoblotting. Immunofluorescence experiments reveal that both phosphorylated and non-phosphorylated Cx43 could be found at the plasma membrane. Whether phosphorylation of S279/S282 takes place before or after incorporation of Cx43 into the membranes is so far unknown. More interestingly, confocal microscopy using our antibodies and a commercial antibody recognising all isoforms of Cx43 shows the coexistence of differentially phosphorylated forms of the protein at the plasma membrane. Our results indicate that MAP kinases erk1/2 are mainly responsible for this phosphorylation, as already published. Nevertheless, treatment of the cells with anisomycin, known to activate stress kinase p38 but not erk1/2, also results in a weak but reproducible Cx43 phosphorylation
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 12483281
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  • 9
    Keywords: ANGIOGENESIS ; CELLS ; ENDOTHELIAL-CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; BLOOD ; Germany ; human ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; SYSTEM ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; desmoplakin ; TISSUE ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; TISSUES ; beta-catenin ; TIGHT JUNCTIONS ; rodent ; JUNCTIONS ; LYMPHATIC ENDOTHELIUM ; RE ; DESMOSOMAL PLAQUE ; INTERCELLULAR-JUNCTIONS ; DESMOSOMAL PLAQUE PROTEINS ; SIZE ; ADHERENS JUNCTIONS ; BOVINE ; function ; lymph node ; LYMPH-NODE ; N-CADHERIN ; adhering junction ; VE-CADHERIN ; BLOOD-BRAIN-BARRIER ; Complexus adhaerens ; DESMOPLAKIN-CONTAINING JUNCTIONS ; HUMAN GLIOBLASTOMA-MULTIFORME ; retothelium ; TO-CELL JUNCTIONS
    Abstract: The significance of a special kind of VE-cadherin-based, desmoplakin- and plakoglobin-containing adhering junction, originally identified in certain endothelial cells of the mammalian lymphatic system ( notably the retothelial cells of the lymph node sinus and a subtype of lining endothelial cells of peripheral lymphatic vessels), has been widely confirmed and its importance in the formation of blood and lymph vessels has been demonstrated in vivo and in vitro. We have recently extended the molecular and structural characterization of the complexus adhaerens and can now report that it represents a rare and special combination of components known from three other major types of cell junction. It comprises zonula adhaerens proteins (VE-cadherin, alpha- and beta-catenin, protein p120(ctn), and afadin), desmosomal plaque components ( desmoplakin and plakoglobin), and tight-junction proteins (claudin-5 and ZO-1) and forms junctions that vary markedly in size and shape. The special character and the possible biological roles of the complexus adhaerens and its unique ensemble of molecules in angiogenesis, immunology, and oncology are discussed. The surprising finding of claudin-5 and protein ZO-1 in substructures of retothelial cell-cell bridges, i.e., structures that do not separate different tissues or cell layer compartments,suggests that such tight-junction molecules are involved in functions other than the "fence" and "barrier" roles of zonulae occludentes
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16372193
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  • 10
    Keywords: PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; MONOCLONAL-ANTIBODIES ; DESMOSOMAL PLAQUE ; RIGHT-VENTRICULAR CARDIOMYOPATHY ; ADHERENS JUNCTIONS ; EPITHELIAL DIFFERENTIATION ; adhering junctions ; HEART-MUSCLE CELLS ; plakophilin-2 ; AREA-COMPOSITA ; CYTOSKELETAL ARCHITECTURE ; PROTEIN PLAKOPHILIN-2 ; Myxomata ; Cardiac tumors ; Nuclear plakophilins
    Abstract: Within the characteristic ensemble of desmosomal plaque proteins, the protein plakophilin-2 (Pkp2) is known as a particularly important regulatory component in the cytoplasmic plaques of various other cell-cell junctions, such as the composite junctions () of the myocardiac intercalated disks and in the variously-sized and -shaped complex junctions of permanent cell culture lines derived therefrom. In addition, Pkp2 has been detected in certain protein complexes in the nucleoplasm of diverse kinds of cells. Using a novel set of highly sensitive and specific antibodies, both kinds of Pkp2, the junctional plaque-bound and the nuclear ones, can also be localized to the cytoplasmic plaques of diverse non-desmosomal cell-cell junction structures. These are not only the and the connecting various types of highly proliferative non-epithelial cells growing in culture but also some very proliferative states of cardiac interstitial cells and cardiac myxomata, including tumors growing in situ as well as fetal stages of heart development and cultures of valvular interstitial cells. Possible functions and assembly mechanisms of such Pkp2-positive cell-cell junctions as well as medical consequences are discussed
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22281687
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