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Flotillins directly interact with gamma-Catenin and regulate epithelial cell-cell adhesion

Kurrle, Nina ; Völlner, Frauke ; Eming, Rüdiger ; Hertl, Michael ; Banning, Antje ; Tikkanen, Ritva

Originalveröffentlichung: (2013) PLoS ONE 8(12):e84393 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084393
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-105338

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Sammlung: Open Access - Publikationsfonds
Universität Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Fachgebiet: Biochemie (FB 08)
DDC-Sachgruppe: Biowissenschaften, Biologie
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2013
Publikationsdatum: 03.01.2014
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: Flotillin-1 and flotillin-2 are two homologous, membrane raft associated proteins. Although it has been reported that flotillins are involved in cell adhesion processes and play a role during breast cancer progression, thus making them interesting future therapeutic targets, their precise function has not been well elucidated. The present study investigates the function of these proteins in cell-cell adhesion in non-malignant cells. We have used the non-malignant epithelial MCF10A cells to study the interaction network of flotillins within cell-cell adhesion complexes. RNA interference was used to examine the effect of flotillins on the structure of adherens junctions and on the association of core proteins, such as E-cadherin, with membrane rafts. We here show that the cadherin proteins of the adherens junction associate with flotillin-2 in MCF10A cells and in various human cell lines. In vitro, flotillin-1 and flotillin-2 directly interact with ?-catenin which is so far the only protein known to be present both in the adherens junction and the desmosome. Mapping of the interaction domain within the ?-catenin sequence identified the Armadillo domains 6–8, especially ARM domain 7, to be important for the association with flotillins. Furthermore, depletion of flotillins significantly influenced the morphology of the adherens junction in human epithelial MCF10A cells and altered the association of E-cadherin and ?-catenin with membrane rafts. Taken together, these observations suggest a functional role for flotillins, especially flotillin-2, in cell-cell adhesion in non-malignant epithelial cells.
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