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Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2000 Mar;278(3):F464-75.

mLin-7 is localized to the basolateral surface of renal epithelia via its NH(2) terminus.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA.


In Caenorhabditis elegans, the basolateral localization of the Let-23 growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase requires the expression of three genes: lin-2, lin-7, and lin-10. Mammalian homologs of these three genes have been identified, and a complex of their protein products exists in mammalian neurons. In this paper, we examine the interaction of these mammalian proteins in renal epithelia. Coprecipitation experiments demonstrated that mLin-2/CASK binds to mLin-7, and immunofluorescent labeling showed that these proteins colocalized at the basolateral surface of Madin-Darby canine kidney cells and renal epithelia. Although labeling intensity varied markedly among different renal epithelial cells, those cells strongly expressing mLin-7 also showed intense mLin-2/CASK labeling. We have also demonstrated that mLin-2/CASK binding requires amino acids 12-32 of mLin-7 and have shown that this region of mLin-7 is also necessary for the targeting of mLin-7 to the basolateral surface. Furthermore, the overexpression of mLin-2/CASK mutants in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells caused endogenous mLin-7 to mislocalize. In summary, the NH(2) terminus of mLin-7 is crucial for its basolateral localization, likely through its interaction with mLin-2/CASK.

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