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Eur J Cell Biol. 1986 Dec;42(2):319-27.

Cytoskeletal proteins of the rat kidney proximal tubule brush border.

Abstract

Cytoskeletal components backing the brush border of the rat kidney proximal tubule cell were identified and compared with those of the well characterized intestinal brush border by immuneoverlay and immunocytochemistry. Antibodies reactive against the intestinal microvillus core components, villin and fimbrin, as well as against the terminal web components, spectrin (fodrin) and myosin, were used. Proteins of similar molecular weight to these intestinal brush border cytoskeletal components were identified in isolated kidney brush borders by immuneoverlay. Spectrin, a major component of the terminal web region of both cell types, was more concentrated in the kidney brush border relative to both actin and myosin. By immunofluorescence, villin and fimbrin were localized in the microvilli, and spectrin and myosin were localized to the terminal web region of the brush border. In addition, spectrin was found along the basolateral membranes of the proximal tubule cell, and myosin was detected in a punctate staining pattern throughout its cytoplasm. By immunoelectron microscopy using immunogold labeling procedures, fimbrin and villin were localized in the terminal web as well as in microvilli, and spectrin and myosin were localized to fibrils in the terminal web. A key difference between the epithelia of the two organs is the extensive network of clathrin coated pits found in the terminal web region of the kidney but not the intestinal brush border. The clathrin-rich terminal web region of the kidney, like the intestinal brush border, proved to be quite stable and resistant to disruption by non-ionic detergents and harsh mechanical treatment.

PMID:
3545840
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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