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Neurosci Res. 2001 Apr;39(4):391-400.

Expression of JNK cascade scaffold protein JSAP1 in the mouse nervous system.

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Molecular Biology, Department of Biosciences, School of Science, Kitasato University, 1-15-1 Kitasato, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 228-8555, Japan.

Abstract

The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades consist of MAPK, MAPK kinase (MAPKK), and MAPKK kinase (MAPKKK). The specificity of activation of MAPK cascades may be determined, in part, by scaffold proteins that organize multi-enzyme complexes. We have earlier reported a scaffold protein JSAP1 (also known as JIP3) in the JNK MAPK cascade. We also showed that, of the adult mouse tissues tested, JSAP1 mRNA was predominantly expressed in brain. Here we report the localization of JSAP1 protein in mouse embryos and adult brain by immunohistochemical analysis. In embryos (E11-16), JSAP1 immunoreactivity was mainly found in the central and peripheral nervous systems, where it was localized to the cell bodies and/or axons of developing neurons, but not neural precursor cells. In the adult brain, immunoreactive JSAP1 was localized mostly to cell bodies in almost all neurons. We also showed that the expression of JSAP1 transcripts and proteins gradually increased during the neural differentiation of mouse P19 embryonal carcinoma (EC) cells. Furthermore, we showed that overexpressed JSAP1 facilitated the efficient activation of JNK by MEKK1 in P19 cells. These results suggest that JSAP1 may function as a scaffold protein for the JNK signaling module in neuronal cells.

PMID:
11274738
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