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A 220 kDa polypeptide, immunolocalized to epithelial tight junctions, is associated with brain clathrin preparations

Enrich, C., Jones, G. R., Bordas, J. and Evans, William Howard 1989. A 220 kDa polypeptide, immunolocalized to epithelial tight junctions, is associated with brain clathrin preparations. European Journal of Cell Biology 50 (2) , pp. 304-312.

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Antibodies were raised in rabbits to highly purified preparations of bovine brain clathrin. The serum stained by immunofluorescence rat liver sections at tight junctions in a pattern that was identical to that previously reported (B. R. Stevenson et al.: J. Cell Biol. 103, 755-766 (1986] in which a monoclonal antibody specific to a 220 kDa (ZO-1) liver tight junction component was used. The serum also stained regions of the cell surface corresponding to the positions of intercellular junctions in confluent MDCK and HepG-2 cell cultures. Analysis of brain clathrin preparations resolved by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis by immunoblotting with the serum indicated reaction with clathrin heavy and light chains as well as towards a 220 kDa polypeptide that was a minor component. Affinity purification of the serum provided antibodies directed mainly to clathrin light chains and these antibodies, as well as an independent antiserum to clathrin heavy chains, immunofluorescently stained liver tissue and cells in a manner typical of coated membranes/vesicles. These results suggested, by difference, that antibodies to a 220 kDa polypeptide, a minor constituent in brain clathrin preparations, were responsible for staining intercellular tight junctions in epithelia. The 220 kDa polypeptide present in brain clathrin preparations was demonstrated to be immunologically distinct from liver myosin heavy chain as well as erythrocyte and brain ankyrin. Comparison by two-dimensional mapping of the 220 kDa in brain clathrin with the clathrin heavy chain (180 kDa) polypeptide showed they were different proteins, but the 220 kDa polypeptide present in rat liver tight junctions was highly similar to the 220 kDa present in bovine brain clathrin preparations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0171-9335
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:40

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