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Characterization of an ankyrin repeat-containing Shank2 isoform (Shank2E) in liver epithelial cells.

Shank proteins are a family of multidomain scaffolding proteins best known for their role in organizing the postsynaptic density region in neurons. Unlike Shank1 and Shank3, Shank2 [also known as Pro-SAP1 (proline-rich synapse-associated protein 1), CortBP1 (cortactin binding protein 1) or Spank-3] has been described as a truncated family member without an N-terminal ankyrin repeat domain. The present study utilized bioinformatics to demonstrate the presence of exons encoding ankyrin repeats in the region preceding the previously described Shank2 gene. cDNA sequencing of mRNA from epithelial cells revealed a novel spliceoform of Shank2, termed Shank2E, that encodes a predicted 200 kDa protein with six N-terminal ankyrin repeats. Shank2 mRNA from epithelial tissues was larger than transcripts in brain. Likewise, the apparent mass of Shank2 protein was larger in epithelial tissues (230 kDa) when compared with brain (165/180 kDa). Immunofluorescence and membrane fractionation found Shank2E concentrated at the apical membrane of liver epithelial cells. In cultured cholangiocytes, co-immunoprecipitation and detergent solubility studies revealed Shank2E complexed with actin and co-distributed with actin in detergent-insoluble lipid rafts. These findings indicate epithelial cells express an ankyrin repeat-containing Shank2 isoform, termed Shank2E, that is poised to co-ordinate actin-dependent events at the apical membrane.[1]


  1. Characterization of an ankyrin repeat-containing Shank2 isoform (Shank2E) in liver epithelial cells. McWilliams, R.R., Gidey, E., Fouassier, L., Weed, S.A., Doctor, R.B. Biochem. J. (2004) [Pubmed]
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