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JEAP, a novel component of tight junctions in exocrine cells.

Tight junctions (TJs) consist of transmembrane proteins and many peripheral membrane proteins. To further characterize the molecular organization of TJs, we attempted here to screen for novel TJ proteins by the fluorescence localization-based expression cloning method. We identified a novel peripheral membrane protein at TJs and named it junction-enriched and -associated protein (JEAP). JEAP consists of 882 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of 98,444. JEAP contained a polyglutamic acid repeat at the N-terminal region, a coiled-coil domain at the middle region, and a consensus motif for binding to PDZ domains at the C-terminal region. Exogenously expressed JEAP co-localized with ZO-1 and occludin at TJs in polarized Madin-Darby canine kidney cells, but not with claudin-1, JAM, or ZO-1 in L cells. Endogenous JEAP localized at TJs of exocrine cells including pancreas, submandibular gland, lacrimal gland, parotid gland, and sublingual gland, but not at TJs of epithelial cells of small intestine or endothelial cells of blood vessels. The present results indicate that JEAP is a novel component of TJs, which is specifically expressed in exocrine cells.[1]


  1. JEAP, a novel component of tight junctions in exocrine cells. Nishimura, M., Kakizaki, M., Ono, Y., Morimoto, K., Takeuchi, M., Inoue, Y., Imai, T., Takai, Y. J. Biol. Chem. (2002) [Pubmed]
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