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A Novel Role for Integrin-linked Kinase in Epithelial Sheet Morphogenesis

By Alisa Vespa, Sudhir J.A. D'Souza and Lina Dagnino


Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a multidomain protein involved in cell motility and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. ILK is found in integrin-containing focal adhesions in undifferentiated primary epidermal keratinocytes. Induction of keratinocyte differentiation by treatment with Ca(2+) triggers formation of cell–cell junctions, loss of focal adhesions, and ILK distribution to cell borders. We now show that Ca(2+) treatment of keratinocytes induces rapid (≤1 h) translocation to the cell membrane of the adherens junction (AJ) proteins E-cadherin and β-catenin. This is followed by slower (>6 h) localization of tight junction (TJ) proteins. The kinetics of ILK movement toward the cell periphery mimics that of AJ components, suggesting that ILK plays a role in the early formation of cell–cell contacts. Whereas the N terminus in ILK mediates localization to cell borders, expression of an ILK deletion mutant incapable of localizing to the cell membrane (ILK 191-452) interferes with translocation of E-cadherin/β-catenin to cell borders, precluding Ca(2+)-induced AJ formation. Cells expressing ILK 191-452 also fail to form TJ and sealed cell–cell borders and do not form epithelial sheets. Thus, we have uncovered a novel role for ILK in epithelial cell–cell adhesion, independent of its well-established role in integrin-mediated adhesion and migration

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Publisher: The American Society for Cell Biology
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1091/mbc.E05-02-0087
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