Cooperative regulation of AJM-1 controls junctional integrity in Caenorhabditis elegans epithelia

Mathias Köppen, Jeffrey S. Simske, Paul A. Sims, Bonnie L. Firestein, David H. Hall, Anthony D. Radice, Christopher Rongo, Jeffrey D. Hardin

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Abstract

The function of epithelial cell sheets depends on the integrity of specialized cell-cell junctions that connect neighbouring cells. We have characterized the novel coiled-coil protein AJM-1, which localizes to an apical junctional domain of Caenorhabditis elegans epithelia basal to the HMR-HMP (cadherin-catenin) complex. In the absence of AJM-1, the integrity of this domain is compromised. Proper AJM-1 localization requires LET-413 and DLG-1, homologues of the Drosophila tumour suppressors Scribble and Discs large, respectively. DLG-1 physically interacts with AJM-1 and is required for its normal apical distribution, and LET-413 mediates the rapid accumulation of both DLG-1 and AJM-1 in the apical domain. In the absence of both dlg-1 and let-413 function AJM-1 is almost completely lost from apical junctions in embryos, whereas HMP-1 (α-catenin) localization is only mildly affected. We conclude that LET-413 and DLG-1 cooperatively control AJM-1 localization and that AJM-1 controls the integrity of a distinct apical junctional domain in C. elegans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)983-991
Number of pages9
JournalNature Cell Biology
Volume3
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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    Köppen, M., Simske, J. S., Sims, P. A., Firestein, B. L., Hall, D. H., Radice, A. D., Rongo, C., & Hardin, J. D. (2001). Cooperative regulation of AJM-1 controls junctional integrity in Caenorhabditis elegans epithelia. Nature Cell Biology, 3(11), 983-991. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncb1101-983