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J Biol Chem. 2000 Sep 22;275(38):29875-80.

PAPIN. A novel multiple PSD-95/Dlg-A/ZO-1 protein interacting with neural plakophilin-related armadillo repeat protein/delta-catenin and p0071.

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  • 1Takai Biotimer Project, Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, c/o JCR Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., Kobe 651-2241, Japan.

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  • J Biol Chem 2002 Sep 20;277(38):35778.


A neural plakophilin-related armadillo repeat protein (NPRAP)/delta-catenin interacts with one of Alzheimer disease-related gene products, presenilin 1. We have previously reported the interaction of NPRAP/delta-catenin with synaptic scaffolding molecule, which is involved in the assembly of synaptic components. NPRAP/delta-catenin also interacts with E-cadherin and beta-catenin and is implicated in the organization of cell-cell junctions. p0071, a ubiquitous isoform of NPRAP/delta-catenin, is localized at desmosomes in HeLa and A431 cells and at adherens junctions in Madin-Darby bovine kidney cells. We have identified here a novel protein interacting with NPRAP/delta-catenin and p0071 and named this protein plakophilin-related armadillo repeat protein-interacting PSD-95/Dlg-A/ZO-1 (PDZ) protein (PAPIN). PAPIN has six PDZ domains and binds to NPRAP/delta-catenin and p0071 via the second PDZ domain. PAPIN and p0071 are ubiquitously expressed in various tissues and are localized at cell-cell junctions in normal rat kidney cells and bronchial epithelial cells. PAPIN may be a scaffolding protein connecting components of epithelial junctions with p0071.

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