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Exp Cell Res. 2004 Oct 15;300(1):121-33.

Endothelial adhesion molecule ESAM binds directly to the multidomain adaptor MAGI-1 and recruits it to cell contacts.

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Institute of Cell Biology, ZMBE, University of Muenster, 48149 Muenster, Germany.


Endothelial cell-selective adhesion molecule (ESAM) is an immunoglobulin-like transmembrane protein associated with endothelial tight junctions (TJ). Based on a yeast two-hybrid screen, we have identified the membrane-associated guanylate kinase protein MAGI-1 as an intracellular binding partner of ESAM. MAGI-1 is a multidomain adaptor protein, which binds to transmembrane, cytoskeletal, and signaling molecules, and has been localized to tight junctions in epithelial cells. MAGI-1 associates with the very C-terminal sequence of ESAM most likely through a PDZ domain-mediated interaction. The direct interaction between ESAM and MAGI-1 was confirmed by pull-down experiments. The two proteins formed stable complexes in transfected Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, which could be immunoisolated. We found MAGI-1 to be associated with cell-cell contacts in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and in mouse endothelium, where it colocalizes with ESAM. In CHO cells, recruitment of MAGI-1 to cell contacts required the presence of ESAM. Hence, ESAM may be involved in anchoring MAGI-1 at endothelial tight junctions.

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