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Exp Cell Res. 1997 Jun 15;233(2):240-51.

Dispersed and aggregated gap junction channels identified by immunogold labeling of freeze-fractured membranes.

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  • 1Biologisches Institut, Abt. Biophysik, Universität Stuttgart, Germany.Huelser@po.uni-stuttgart.de

Abstract

An indirect immunogold labeling technique was applied to replicas of freeze-fractured membranes of rapidly frozen unfixed cells. The endogenous gap junction protein Cx43 of BICR/M1Rk rat mammary tumor cells was preferentially identified in quasi-crystalline gap junction plaques as were the transfected connexins Cx40, Cx43, and Cx45 in HeLa (human cervical carcinoma) cells. With this method we also detected contact areas with dispersed gap junction channels which are the only structural correlation for endogenous Cx45 in HeLa wild-type cells where no gap junction plaques exist. In double-transfected HeLa cells a colocalization of Cx40 and Cx43 was occasionally detected in quasi-crystalline gap junction plaques, whereas in contact areas with dispersed particles only one Cx type was present. Our results indicate that functional gap junction channels exist outside the quasi-crystalline plaques.

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