G2Cdb::Gene report

Gene id
Gene symbol
Homo sapiens
myeloid/lymphoid or mixed-lineage leukemia (trithorax homolog, Drosophila); translocated to, 4
G00001136 (Mus musculus)

Databases (8)

Curated Gene
OTTHUMG00000016031 (Vega human gene)
ENSG00000130396 (Ensembl human gene)
4301 (Entrez Gene)
1043 (G2Cdb plasticity & disease)
MLLT4 (GeneCards)
159559 (OMIM)
Marker Symbol
HGNC:7137 (HGNC)
Protein Sequence
P55196 (UniProt)

Synonyms (2)

  • AF-6
  • AF6

Literature (53)

Pubmed - other

  • Junctional adhesion molecule A interacts with Afadin and PDZ-GEF2 to activate Rap1A, regulate beta1 integrin levels, and enhance cell migration.

    Severson EA, Lee WY, Capaldo CT, Nusrat A and Parkos CA

    Epithelial Pathobiology Research Unit, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.

    Junctional adhesion molecule-A (JAM-A) is a transmembrane tight junction protein that has been shown to regulate barrier function and cell migration through incompletely understood mechanisms. We have previously demonstrated that JAM-A regulates cell migration by dimerization of the membrane-distal immunoglobulin-like loop and a C-terminal postsynaptic density 95/disc-large/zona occludens (PDZ) binding motif. Disruption of dimerization resulted in decreased epithelial cell migration secondary to diminished levels of beta1 integrin and active Rap1. Here, we report that JAM-A is physically and functionally associated with the PDZ domain-containing molecules Afadin and PDZ-guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) 2, but not zonula occludens (ZO)-1, in epithelial cells, and these interactions mediate outside-in signaling events. Both Afadin and PDZ-GEF2 colocalized and coimmunoprecipitated with JAM-A. Furthermore, association of PDZ-GEF2 with Afadin was dependent on the expression of JAM-A. Loss of JAM-A, Afadin, or PDZ-GEF2, but not ZO-1 or PDZ-GEF1, similarly decreased cellular levels of activated Rap1, beta1 integrin protein, and epithelial cell migration. The functional effects observed were secondary to decreased levels of Rap1A because knockdown of Rap1A, but not Rap1B, resulted in decreased beta1 integrin levels and reduced cell migration. These findings suggest that JAM-A dimerization facilitates formation of a complex with Afadin and PDZ-GEF2 that activates Rap1A, which regulates beta1 integrin levels and cell migration.

    Funded by: NIDDK NIH HHS: DK-53202, DK-55679, DK-64399, R01 DK055679, R01 DK061379, R01 DK072564, R01 DK079392, R01-DK 79392, R01-DK61379, R01-DK72564, R24 DK064399, R29 DK055679

    Molecular biology of the cell 2009;20;7;1916-25

  • Interesting structural and dynamical behaviors exhibited by the AF-6 PDZ domain upon Bcr peptide binding.

    Niu X, Chen Q, Zhang J, Shen W, Shi Y and Wu J

    Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, and School of Life Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230026, People's Republic of China.

    PDZ (postsynaptic density-95, disks large, zonula occludens-1) domains are small, protein-protein interaction modules that have multiple binding surfaces for the docking of diverse molecules. These domains can propagate signals from ligand-binding site to distal regions of the structure through allosteric communication. Recent works have revealed that picosecond to nanosecond time scale dynamics play a potential role in propagating long-range signals within a protein. Comparison of AF-6 PDZ domain structures in free and complex forms shows a conformation rearrangement of distal surface 2, which is far from the peptide binding groove. The relaxation dispersion experiments detected that the free AF-6 PDZ domain was sampling multiple conformations; millisecond dynamics mapped a network for allostery signal transmission throughout the AF-6 PDZ domain in the weak saturation state, and intramolecular motions were observed in distal surface 1 when the protein was saturated. These results provide evidence that the allosteric process in the AF-6 PDZ domain is not two-state; instead, the millisecond dynamic network provides a mechanism for the transmission of allosteric signals throughout a protein. Interestingly, the two distal surfaces of the AF-6 PDZ domain respond differently to peptide binding; distal surface 1 changes in millisecond dynamics, whereas distal surface 2 undergoes structural rearrangement. The significance of the different response patterns in the signaling pathway and its relevance to the function of the AF-6 PDZ domain should be studied further.

    Biochemistry 2007;46;51;15042-53

  • Role of AF6 protein in cell-to-cell spread of Herpes simplex virus 1.

    Keyser J, Lorger M, Pavlovic J, Radziwill G and Moelling K

    Institute of Medical Virology, University of Zurich, Gloriastrasse 30, CH-8006 Zurich, Switzerland.

    AF6 and its rat homologue afadin are multidomain proteins localized at cell junctions and involved in intercellular adhesion. AF6 interacts via its PDZ domain with nectin-1 at epithelial adherens junctions. Nectin-1 serves as a mediator of cell-to-cell spread for Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). We analyzed the role of AF6 protein in the viral spread and nectin-1 clustering at cell-cell contacts by knockdown of AF6 in epithelial cells. AF6 knockdown reduced efficiency of HSV-1 spreading, however, the clustering of nectin-1 at cell-cell contacts was not affected. Thus, AF6 protein is important for spreading of HSV-1 in epithelial cells, independently of nectin clustering, possibly by stabilization of the E-cadherin-dependent cell adhesion.

    FEBS letters 2007;581;28;5349-54

  • Regulation of c-Src by binding to the PDZ domain of AF-6.

    Radziwill G, Weiss A, Heinrich J, Baumgartner M, Boisguerin P, Owada K and Moelling K

    Institute of Medical Virology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. radziwil@immv.unizh.ch

    c-Src is a tightly regulated non-receptor tyrosine kinase. We describe the C-terminus of c-Src as a ligand for a PDZ (postsynaptic density 95, PSD-95; discs large, Dlg; zonula occludens-1, ZO-1) domain. The C-terminal residue Leu of c-Src is essential for binding to a PDZ domain. Mutation of this residue does not affect the intrinsic kinase activity in vitro, but interferes with c-Src regulation in cells. As a candidate PDZ protein, we analysed AF-6, a junctional adhesion protein. The AF-6 PDZ domain restricts the number of c-Src substrates, whereas knockdown of AF-6 has the opposite effect. Binding of c-Src to the AF-6 PDZ domain interferes with phosphorylation of c-Src at Tyr527 by the C-terminal kinase, and reduces c-Src autophosphorylation at Tyr416, resulting in a moderately activated c-Src kinase. Unphosphorylated Tyr527 allows binding of c-Src to AF-6. This can be overcome by overexpression of CSK or strong activation of c-Src. c-Src is recruited by AF-6 to cell-cell contact sites, suggesting that c-Src is regulated by a PDZ protein in special cellular locations. We identified a novel type of c-Src regulation by interaction with a PDZ protein.

    The EMBO journal 2007;26;11;2633-44

  • Correlated break at PARK2/FRA6E and loss of AF-6/Afadin protein expression are associated with poor outcome in breast cancer.

    Letessier A, Garrido-Urbani S, Ginestier C, Fournier G, Esterni B, Monville F, Adélaïde J, Geneix J, Xerri L, Dubreuil P, Viens P, Charafe-Jauffret E, Jacquemier J, Birnbaum D, Lopez M and Chaffanet M

    Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Marseille, Département d'Oncologie Moléculaire, UMR599 Inserm et Institut Paoli-Calmettes, Marseille, France.

    Common fragile sites (CFSs) are regions of chromosomal break that may play a role in oncogenesis. The most frequent alteration occurs at FRA3B, within the FHIT gene, at chromosomal region 3p14. We studied a series of breast carcinomas for break of a CFS at 6q26, FRA6E, and its associated gene PARK2, using fluorescence in situ hybridization on tissue microarrays (TMA). We found break of PARK2 in 6% of cases. We studied the PARK2-encoded protein Parkin by using immunohistochemistry on the same TMA. Loss of Parkin was found in 13% of samples but was not correlated with PARK2 break. PARK2 break but not Parkin expression was correlated with prognosis. Alteration of PARK2/FRA6E may cause haplo-insufficiency of one or several telomeric potential tumor suppressor genes (TSG). The AF-6/MLLT4 gene, telomeric of PARK2, encodes the Afadin scaffold protein, which is essential for epithelial integrity. Loss of Afadin was found in 14.5% of cases, and 36% of these cases showed PARK2 break. Loss of Afadin had prognostic impact, suggesting that AF-6 may be a TSG. Loss of Afadin was correlated with loss of FHIT expression, suggesting fragility of FRA6E and FRA3B in a certain proportion of breast tumors.

    Oncogene 2007;26;2;298-307

  • AF6/s-afadin is a dual residency protein and localizes to a novel subnuclear compartment.

    Buchert M, Poon C, King JA, Baechi T, D'Abaco G, Hollande F and Hovens CM

    Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Clinical Sciences Building, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, VIC, Australia. mbuchert@univ-montp1.fr

    The AF6/afadin protein is a component of cell membranes at specialized sites of cell-cell contact. Two main splice variants exist, known as l- and s-afadin, respectively. L-afadin is widely expressed in cells of epithelial origin, whilst s-afadin expression is restricted to the brain. Here we demonstrate that the short form of AF6/s-afadin is a dual residency protein able to localize to the plasma membrane or nucleus whilst the long form of AF6, l-afadin is unable to localize to the nucleus. AF6/s-afadin clusters in a distinctive speckled pattern in the nucleus, but is unable to do so when cell cycle progression is inhibited at the G(1)/S or G(2)/M checkpoints. The formation of AF6/s-afadin nuclear bodies is also sensitive to the transcriptional activity of the cell with inhibition of RNA polymerase activity abolishing AF6/s-afadin nuclear clustering. AF6/s-afadin nuclear bodies localize to a novel subnuclear compartment, failing to colocalize with other known nuclear bodies. Formation of the AF6/s-afadin nuclear foci can be regulated by specific growth factor receptor mediated signaling events and by cytoplasmic tyrosine kinases, but does not correlate with tyrosine phosphorylation of AF6/s-afadin. AF6/s-afadin is a candidate for mediating control of cellular growth processes by regulated translocation to the nucleus.

    Journal of cellular physiology 2007;210;1;212-23

  • Large-scale mapping of human protein-protein interactions by mass spectrometry.

    Ewing RM, Chu P, Elisma F, Li H, Taylor P, Climie S, McBroom-Cerajewski L, Robinson MD, O'Connor L, Li M, Taylor R, Dharsee M, Ho Y, Heilbut A, Moore L, Zhang S, Ornatsky O, Bukhman YV, Ethier M, Sheng Y, Vasilescu J, Abu-Farha M, Lambert JP, Duewel HS, Stewart II, Kuehl B, Hogue K, Colwill K, Gladwish K, Muskat B, Kinach R, Adams SL, Moran MF, Morin GB, Topaloglou T and Figeys D

    Protana, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    Mapping protein-protein interactions is an invaluable tool for understanding protein function. Here, we report the first large-scale study of protein-protein interactions in human cells using a mass spectrometry-based approach. The study maps protein interactions for 338 bait proteins that were selected based on known or suspected disease and functional associations. Large-scale immunoprecipitation of Flag-tagged versions of these proteins followed by LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis resulted in the identification of 24,540 potential protein interactions. False positives and redundant hits were filtered out using empirical criteria and a calculated interaction confidence score, producing a data set of 6463 interactions between 2235 distinct proteins. This data set was further cross-validated using previously published and predicted human protein interactions. In-depth mining of the data set shows that it represents a valuable source of novel protein-protein interactions with relevance to human diseases. In addition, via our preliminary analysis, we report many novel protein interactions and pathway associations.

    Molecular systems biology 2007;3;89

  • Global, in vivo, and site-specific phosphorylation dynamics in signaling networks.

    Olsen JV, Blagoev B, Gnad F, Macek B, Kumar C, Mortensen P and Mann M

    Center for Experimental BioInformatics, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark, DK-5230 Odense, Denmark.

    Cell signaling mechanisms often transmit information via posttranslational protein modifications, most importantly reversible protein phosphorylation. Here we develop and apply a general mass spectrometric technology for identification and quantitation of phosphorylation sites as a function of stimulus, time, and subcellular location. We have detected 6,600 phosphorylation sites on 2,244 proteins and have determined their temporal dynamics after stimulating HeLa cells with epidermal growth factor (EGF) and recorded them in the Phosida database. Fourteen percent of phosphorylation sites are modulated at least 2-fold by EGF, and these were classified by their temporal profiles. Surprisingly, a majority of proteins contain multiple phosphorylation sites showing different kinetics, suggesting that they serve as platforms for integrating signals. In addition to protein kinase cascades, the targets of reversible phosphorylation include ubiquitin ligases, guanine nucleotide exchange factors, and at least 46 different transcriptional regulators. The dynamic phosphoproteome provides a missing link in a global, integrative view of cellular regulation.

    Cell 2006;127;3;635-48

  • A probability-based approach for high-throughput protein phosphorylation analysis and site localization.

    Beausoleil SA, Villén J, Gerber SA, Rush J and Gygi SP

    Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, 240 Longwood Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.

    Data analysis and interpretation remain major logistical challenges when attempting to identify large numbers of protein phosphorylation sites by nanoscale reverse-phase liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) (Supplementary Figure 1 online). In this report we address challenges that are often only addressable by laborious manual validation, including data set error, data set sensitivity and phosphorylation site localization. We provide a large-scale phosphorylation data set with a measured error rate as determined by the target-decoy approach, we demonstrate an approach to maximize data set sensitivity by efficiently distracting incorrect peptide spectral matches (PSMs), and we present a probability-based score, the Ascore, that measures the probability of correct phosphorylation site localization based on the presence and intensity of site-determining ions in MS/MS spectra. We applied our methods in a fully automated fashion to nocodazole-arrested HeLa cell lysate where we identified 1,761 nonredundant phosphorylation sites from 491 proteins with a peptide false-positive rate of 1.3%.

    Funded by: NHGRI NIH HHS: HG03456; NIGMS NIH HHS: GM67945

    Nature biotechnology 2006;24;10;1285-92

  • AF6 negatively regulates Rap1-induced cell adhesion.

    Zhang Z, Rehmann H, Price LS, Riedl J and Bos JL

    Department of Physiological Chemistry and Centre of Biomedical Genetics, University Medical Centre, Utrecht 3508 AB, The Netherlands.

    AF6 is involved in the connection of membrane-associated proteins to the actin cytoskeleton. It binds to Ras-like small GTPases and is suggested to be an effector of both Ras and Rap. Here we show that knockdown of AF6 in T cells by RNA interference enhanced Rap1-induced integrin-mediated cell adhesion, whereas overexpression of AF6 had the opposite effect. Interestingly, AF6-induced inhibition of cell adhesion correlated with an increase in RapGTP levels. Like AF6, protein KIAA1849 contains a Ras association domain and interacted with Rap1. However, KIAA1849 did not inhibit Rap1-induced cell adhesion. We concluded that AF6 is a negative regulator of Rap-induced cell adhesion. We proposed that AF6 inhibits Rap-mediated cell adhesion by sequestering RapGTP in an unproductive complex and thus prevents the interaction of Rap1 not only with effectors that mediate adhesion but also with Rap GTPase-activating proteins. Thus, AF6 may buffer RapGTP in resting T cells and maintain them in a non-adherent state.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2005;280;39;33200-5

  • [Application of reverse transcription-multiplex nested PCR to detect MLL rearrangement in AML-M4/M5].

    Pan JL, Xue YQ, Jiang HY, He J, Wang W and Wu YF

    The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Jiangsu Institute of Hematology, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215006 PR China.

    Objective: To explore the value of reverse transcription-multiplex nested PCR in detecting MLL rearrangement in lzAML-M4/M5.

    Methods: Bone marrow chromosome preparation was made using direct method or short-term culture. Karyotypic analysis was carried out by R-banding technique. Five common MLL fusion genes and MLL partial tandem duplication in 40 AML cases, including 12 M4 and 28 M5 were detected by reverse transcription(RT)-multiplex nested PCR.

    Results: R-banding karyotypic analysis revealed 11q23 translocation including t(6;11)(q27;q23), t(9;11)(p21;q23), t(11;17)(q23;q21) and t(11;19)(q23;p13.1) in 7 cases. MLL rearrangements consisting of MLL/AF6 (1 case), MLL/AF9 (1 case), MLL/AF17 (2 cases), MLL/ELL (2 cases) and MLL partial tandem duplication(2 cases) were detected in 8 cases by RT-multiplex nested PCR. Among 8 cases with MLL rearrangement, 6 were chromosome translocation, 2 were MLL partial tandem duplication.

    Conclusion: RT-multiplex nested PCR is a powerful technique in the detection of MLL rearrangement for tentativelly diagnosed AML-M4/M5.

    Zhonghua yi xue yi chuan xue za zhi = Zhonghua yixue yichuanxue zazhi = Chinese journal of medical genetics 2005;22;4;444-6

  • PICK-1: a scaffold protein that interacts with Nectins and JAMs at cell junctions.

    Reymond N, Garrido-Urbani S, Borg JP, Dubreuil P and Lopez M

    INSERM UMR.599, Institut de Cancérologie de Marseille, IFR 137, 27 Bvd. Leï-roure, 13009 Marseille, France.

    Nectin adhesion molecules are involved in the early steps of cell junction formation. Later during the polarisation process, Nectins are components of epithelial adherens junctions where they are indirectly associated with the E-cadherin/Catenins complex via the adaptator AF-6. To have a better understanding of Nectin-based cell junctions, we looked for some new Nectins' partners. We demonstrate that the scaffold molecule PICK-1, involved in the clustering of junctional receptors in synaptic junctions, interacts directly with Nectins in a PSD-95/Dlg/ZO-1 domain-dependent manner and is localised at adherens junctions in epithelial cells. Finally, we observed that protein interacting with C-kinase-1 (PICK-1) also interacts directly with the junctional adhesion molecules, and we suggest that PICK-1 could be involved in the regulation of both adherens and tight junctions in epithelial cells.

    FEBS letters 2005;579;10;2243-9

  • Solution structure of AF-6 PDZ domain and its interaction with the C-terminal peptides from Neurexin and Bcr.

    Zhou H, Xu Y, Yang Y, Huang A, Wu J and Shi Y

    Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, School of Life Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026, People's Republic of China.

    AF-6 is a key molecule essential for structure organization of cell-cell junction of polarized epithelia. It belongs to a novel cell-cell adhesion system. The AF-6 PDZ domain mediates interactions by binding to a specific amino acid sequence in target proteins. Here we report the solution structure of the AF-6 PDZ domain determined by NMR. Previously, the AF-6 PDZ domain was considered to be a class II PDZ domain. However we found that a unique hydrophilic amino acid, Gln70, at position alphaB1 makes the alphaB/betaB groove of the AF-6 PDZ domain significantly different from that of the canonical class II PDZ domain. The AF-6 PDZ domain does not have the second hydrophobic binding pocket, and the N-terminal end of alphaB is closer to betaB. Using BIACORE and NMR chemical shift perturbation experiments, we have studied the binding characteristics of the PDZ domain to the C-terminal peptide of Neurexin, KKNKDKEYYV, and that of Bcr, KRQSILFSTEV. The C-terminal peptide of Neurexin is a class II ligand, whereas that of Bcr is a class I ligand. The dissociation constants of these ligands were 4.08 x 10(-7) and 2.23 x 10(-6) m, respectively. Each of the four C-terminal positions in Neurexin and Bcr may contribute to the interaction. The three-dimensional models of the AF-6 PDZ-Neurexin C-terminal peptide complex and the AF-6 PDZ-Bcr C-terminal peptide complex were built up by molecular dynamics simulations. Unlike the canonical class II PDZ domain, Ala74 at alphaB5 rather than the residue at alphaB1 makes direct hydrophobic contact with the side chain of Tyr at the -2 position of the ligand.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2005;280;14;13841-7

  • Proteomic, functional, and domain-based analysis of in vivo 14-3-3 binding proteins involved in cytoskeletal regulation and cellular organization.

    Jin J, Smith FD, Stark C, Wells CD, Fawcett JP, Kulkarni S, Metalnikov P, O'Donnell P, Taylor P, Taylor L, Zougman A, Woodgett JR, Langeberg LK, Scott JD and Pawson T

    Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5, Canada.

    Background: 14-3-3 proteins are abundant and conserved polypeptides that mediate the cellular effects of basophilic protein kinases through their ability to bind specific peptide motifs phosphorylated on serine or threonine.

    Results: We have used mass spectrometry to analyze proteins that associate with 14-3-3 isoforms in HEK293 cells. This identified 170 unique 14-3-3-associated proteins, which show only modest overlap with previous 14-3-3 binding partners isolated by affinity chromatography. To explore this large set of proteins, we developed a domain-based hierarchical clustering technique that distinguishes structurally and functionally related subsets of 14-3-3 target proteins. This analysis revealed a large group of 14-3-3 binding partners that regulate cytoskeletal architecture. Inhibition of 14-3-3 phosphoprotein recognition in vivo indicates the general importance of such interactions in cellular morphology and membrane dynamics. Using tandem proteomic and biochemical approaches, we identify a phospho-dependent 14-3-3 binding site on the A kinase anchoring protein (AKAP)-Lbc, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for the Rho GTPase. 14-3-3 binding to AKAP-Lbc, induced by PKA, suppresses Rho activation in vivo.

    Conclusion: 14-3-3 proteins can potentially engage around 0.6% of the human proteome. Domain-based clustering has identified specific subsets of 14-3-3 targets, including numerous proteins involved in the dynamic control of cell architecture. This notion has been validated by the broad inhibition of 14-3-3 phosphorylation-dependent binding in vivo and by the specific analysis of AKAP-Lbc, a RhoGEF that is controlled by its interaction with 14-3-3.

    Funded by: NIDDK NIH HHS: DK44239

    Current biology : CB 2004;14;16;1436-50

  • Large-scale characterization of HeLa cell nuclear phosphoproteins.

    Beausoleil SA, Jedrychowski M, Schwartz D, Elias JE, Villén J, Li J, Cohn MA, Cantley LC and Gygi SP

    Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

    Determining the site of a regulatory phosphorylation event is often essential for elucidating specific kinase-substrate relationships, providing a handle for understanding essential signaling pathways and ultimately allowing insights into numerous disease pathologies. Despite intense research efforts to elucidate mechanisms of protein phosphorylation regulation, efficient, large-scale identification and characterization of phosphorylation sites remains an unsolved problem. In this report we describe an application of existing technology for the isolation and identification of phosphorylation sites. By using a strategy based on strong cation exchange chromatography, phosphopeptides were enriched from the nuclear fraction of HeLa cell lysate. From 967 proteins, 2,002 phosphorylation sites were determined by tandem MS. This unprecedented large collection of sites permitted a detailed accounting of known and unknown kinase motifs and substrates.

    Funded by: NHGRI NIH HHS: HG00041, K22 HG000041, T32 HG000041; NIGMS NIH HHS: GM67945, GMS6203, R01 GM056203, R01 GM067945

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2004;101;33;12130-5

  • Functional proteomics mapping of a human signaling pathway.

    Colland F, Jacq X, Trouplin V, Mougin C, Groizeleau C, Hamburger A, Meil A, Wojcik J, Legrain P and Gauthier JM

    Hybrigenics SA, 75014 Paris, France. fcolland@hybrigenics.fr

    Access to the human genome facilitates extensive functional proteomics studies. Here, we present an integrated approach combining large-scale protein interaction mapping, exploration of the interaction network, and cellular functional assays performed on newly identified proteins involved in a human signaling pathway. As a proof of principle, we studied the Smad signaling system, which is regulated by members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) superfamily. We used two-hybrid screening to map Smad signaling protein-protein interactions and to establish a network of 755 interactions, involving 591 proteins, 179 of which were poorly or not annotated. The exploration of such complex interaction databases is improved by the use of PIMRider, a dedicated navigation tool accessible through the Web. The biological meaning of this network is illustrated by the presence of 18 known Smad-associated proteins. Functional assays performed in mammalian cells including siRNA knock-down experiments identified eight novel proteins involved in Smad signaling, thus validating this integrated functional proteomics approach.

    Genome research 2004;14;7;1324-32

  • Robust phosphoproteomic profiling of tyrosine phosphorylation sites from human T cells using immobilized metal affinity chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry.

    Brill LM, Salomon AR, Ficarro SB, Mukherji M, Stettler-Gill M and Peters EC

    Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, 10675 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, California 92121, USA. lbrill@gnf.org

    Protein tyrosine phosphorylation cascades are difficult to analyze and are critical for cell signaling in higher eukaryotes. Methodology for profiling tyrosine phosphorylation, considered herein as the assignment of multiple protein tyrosine phosphorylation sites in single analyses, was reported recently (Salomon, A. R.; Ficarro, S. B.; Brill, L. M.; Brinker, A.; Phung, Q. T.; Ericson, C.; Sauer, K.; Brock, A.; Horn, D. M.; Schultz, P. G.; Peters, E. C. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2003, 100, 443-448). The technology platform included the use of immunoprecipitation, immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC), liquid chromatography, and tandem mass spectrometry. In the present report, we show that when using complex mixtures of peptides from human cells, methylation improved the selectivity of IMAC for phosphopeptides and eliminated the acidic bias that occurred with unmethylated peptides. The IMAC procedure was significantly improved by desalting methylated peptides, followed by gradient elution of the peptides to a larger IMAC column. These improvements resulted in assignment of approximately 3-fold more tyrosine phosphorylation sites, from human cell lysates, than the previous methodology. Nearly 70 tyrosine-phosphorylated peptides from proteins in human T cells were assigned in single analyses. These proteins had unknown functions or were associated with a plethora of fundamental cellular processes. This robust technology platform should be broadly applicable to profiling the dynamics of tyrosine phosphorylation.

    Analytical chemistry 2004;76;10;2763-72

  • Complete sequencing and characterization of 21,243 full-length human cDNAs.

    Ota T, Suzuki Y, Nishikawa T, Otsuki T, Sugiyama T, Irie R, Wakamatsu A, Hayashi K, Sato H, Nagai K, Kimura K, Makita H, Sekine M, Obayashi M, Nishi T, Shibahara T, Tanaka T, Ishii S, Yamamoto J, Saito K, Kawai Y, Isono Y, Nakamura Y, Nagahari K, Murakami K, Yasuda T, Iwayanagi T, Wagatsuma M, Shiratori A, Sudo H, Hosoiri T, Kaku Y, Kodaira H, Kondo H, Sugawara M, Takahashi M, Kanda K, Yokoi T, Furuya T, Kikkawa E, Omura Y, Abe K, Kamihara K, Katsuta N, Sato K, Tanikawa M, Yamazaki M, Ninomiya K, Ishibashi T, Yamashita H, Murakawa K, Fujimori K, Tanai H, Kimata M, Watanabe M, Hiraoka S, Chiba Y, Ishida S, Ono Y, Takiguchi S, Watanabe S, Yosida M, Hotuta T, Kusano J, Kanehori K, Takahashi-Fujii A, Hara H, Tanase TO, Nomura Y, Togiya S, Komai F, Hara R, Takeuchi K, Arita M, Imose N, Musashino K, Yuuki H, Oshima A, Sasaki N, Aotsuka S, Yoshikawa Y, Matsunawa H, Ichihara T, Shiohata N, Sano S, Moriya S, Momiyama H, Satoh N, Takami S, Terashima Y, Suzuki O, Nakagawa S, Senoh A, Mizoguchi H, Goto Y, Shimizu F, Wakebe H, Hishigaki H, Watanabe T, Sugiyama A, Takemoto M, Kawakami B, Yamazaki M, Watanabe K, Kumagai A, Itakura S, Fukuzumi Y, Fujimori Y, Komiyama M, Tashiro H, Tanigami A, Fujiwara T, Ono T, Yamada K, Fujii Y, Ozaki K, Hirao M, Ohmori Y, Kawabata A, Hikiji T, Kobatake N, Inagaki H, Ikema Y, Okamoto S, Okitani R, Kawakami T, Noguchi S, Itoh T, Shigeta K, Senba T, Matsumura K, Nakajima Y, Mizuno T, Morinaga M, Sasaki M, Togashi T, Oyama M, Hata H, Watanabe M, Komatsu T, Mizushima-Sugano J, Satoh T, Shirai Y, Takahashi Y, Nakagawa K, Okumura K, Nagase T, Nomura N, Kikuchi H, Masuho Y, Yamashita R, Nakai K, Yada T, Nakamura Y, Ohara O, Isogai T and Sugano S

    Helix Research Institute, 1532-3 Yana, Kisarazu, Chiba 292-0812, Japan.

    As a base for human transcriptome and functional genomics, we created the "full-length long Japan" (FLJ) collection of sequenced human cDNAs. We determined the entire sequence of 21,243 selected clones and found that 14,490 cDNAs (10,897 clusters) were unique to the FLJ collection. About half of them (5,416) seemed to be protein-coding. Of those, 1,999 clusters had not been predicted by computational methods. The distribution of GC content of nonpredicted cDNAs had a peak at approximately 58% compared with a peak at approximately 42%for predicted cDNAs. Thus, there seems to be a slight bias against GC-rich transcripts in current gene prediction procedures. The rest of the cDNAs unique to the FLJ collection (5,481) contained no obvious open reading frames (ORFs) and thus are candidate noncoding RNAs. About one-fourth of them (1,378) showed a clear pattern of splicing. The distribution of GC content of noncoding cDNAs was narrow and had a peak at approximately 42%, relatively low compared with that of protein-coding cDNAs.

    Nature genetics 2004;36;1;40-5

  • The DNA sequence and analysis of human chromosome 6.

    Mungall AJ, Palmer SA, Sims SK, Edwards CA, Ashurst JL, Wilming L, Jones MC, Horton R, Hunt SE, Scott CE, Gilbert JG, Clamp ME, Bethel G, Milne S, Ainscough R, Almeida JP, Ambrose KD, Andrews TD, Ashwell RI, Babbage AK, Bagguley CL, Bailey J, Banerjee R, Barker DJ, Barlow KF, Bates K, Beare DM, Beasley H, Beasley O, Bird CP, Blakey S, Bray-Allen S, Brook J, Brown AJ, Brown JY, Burford DC, Burrill W, Burton J, Carder C, Carter NP, Chapman JC, Clark SY, Clark G, Clee CM, Clegg S, Cobley V, Collier RE, Collins JE, Colman LK, Corby NR, Coville GJ, Culley KM, Dhami P, Davies J, Dunn M, Earthrowl ME, Ellington AE, Evans KA, Faulkner L, Francis MD, Frankish A, Frankland J, French L, Garner P, Garnett J, Ghori MJ, Gilby LM, Gillson CJ, Glithero RJ, Grafham DV, Grant M, Gribble S, Griffiths C, Griffiths M, Hall R, Halls KS, Hammond S, Harley JL, Hart EA, Heath PD, Heathcott R, Holmes SJ, Howden PJ, Howe KL, Howell GR, Huckle E, Humphray SJ, Humphries MD, Hunt AR, Johnson CM, Joy AA, Kay M, Keenan SJ, Kimberley AM, King A, Laird GK, Langford C, Lawlor S, Leongamornlert DA, Leversha M, Lloyd CR, Lloyd DM, Loveland JE, Lovell J, Martin S, Mashreghi-Mohammadi M, Maslen GL, Matthews L, McCann OT, McLaren SJ, McLay K, McMurray A, Moore MJ, Mullikin JC, Niblett D, Nickerson T, Novik KL, Oliver K, Overton-Larty EK, Parker A, Patel R, Pearce AV, Peck AI, Phillimore B, Phillips S, Plumb RW, Porter KM, Ramsey Y, Ranby SA, Rice CM, Ross MT, Searle SM, Sehra HK, Sheridan E, Skuce CD, Smith S, Smith M, Spraggon L, Squares SL, Steward CA, Sycamore N, Tamlyn-Hall G, Tester J, Theaker AJ, Thomas DW, Thorpe A, Tracey A, Tromans A, Tubby B, Wall M, Wallis JM, West AP, White SS, Whitehead SL, Whittaker H, Wild A, Willey DJ, Wilmer TE, Wood JM, Wray PW, Wyatt JC, Young L, Younger RM, Bentley DR, Coulson A, Durbin R, Hubbard T, Sulston JE, Dunham I, Rogers J and Beck S

    The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SA, UK. ajm@sanger.ac.uk

    Chromosome 6 is a metacentric chromosome that constitutes about 6% of the human genome. The finished sequence comprises 166,880,988 base pairs, representing the largest chromosome sequenced so far. The entire sequence has been subjected to high-quality manual annotation, resulting in the evidence-supported identification of 1,557 genes and 633 pseudogenes. Here we report that at least 96% of the protein-coding genes have been identified, as assessed by multi-species comparative sequence analysis, and provide evidence for the presence of further, otherwise unsupported exons/genes. Among these are genes directly implicated in cancer, schizophrenia, autoimmunity and many other diseases. Chromosome 6 harbours the largest transfer RNA gene cluster in the genome; we show that this cluster co-localizes with a region of high transcriptional activity. Within the essential immune loci of the major histocompatibility complex, we find HLA-B to be the most polymorphic gene on chromosome 6 and in the human genome.

    Nature 2003;425;6960;805-11

  • The Bcr kinase downregulates Ras signaling by phosphorylating AF-6 and binding to its PDZ domain.

    Radziwill G, Erdmann RA, Margelisch U and Moelling K

    Institute of Medical Virology, University of Zurich, CH-8028 Zurich, Switzerland.

    The protein kinase Bcr is a negative regulator of cell proliferation and oncogenic transformation. We identified Bcr as a ligand for the PDZ domain of the cell junction and Ras-interacting protein AF-6. The Bcr kinase phosphorylates AF-6, which subsequently allows efficient binding of Bcr to AF-6, showing that the Bcr kinase is a regulator of the PDZ domain-ligand interaction. Bcr and AF-6 colocalize in epithelial cells at the plasma membrane. In addition, Bcr, AF-6, and Ras form a trimeric complex. Bcr increases the affinity of AF-6 to Ras, and a mutant of AF-6 that lacks a specific phosphorylation site for Bcr shows a reduced binding to Ras. Wild-type Bcr, but not Bcr mutants defective in binding to AF-6, interferes with the Ras-dependent stimulation of the Raf/MEK/ERK pathway. Since AF-6 binds to Bcr via its PDZ domain and to Ras via its Ras-binding domain, we propose that AF-6 functions as a scaffold-like protein that links Bcr and Ras to cellular junctions. We suggest that this trimeric complex is involved in downregulation of Ras-mediated signaling at sites of cell-cell contact to maintain cells in a nonproliferating state.

    Molecular and cellular biology 2003;23;13;4663-72

  • AF-6 controls integrin-mediated cell adhesion by regulating Rap1 activation through the specific recruitment of Rap1GTP and SPA-1.

    Su L, Hattori M, Moriyama M, Murata N, Harazaki M, Kaibuchi K and Minato N

    Department of Immunology and Cell Biology, Graduate School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan.

    In the present study, we showed that SPA-1, a Rap1 GTPase-activating protein (GAP), was bound to a cytoskeleton-anchoring protein AF-6. SPA-1 and AF-6 were co-immunoprecipitated in the 293T cells transfected with both cDNAs as well as in normal thymocytes. In vitro binding studies using truncated fragments and their mutants suggested that SPA-1 was bound to the PDZ domain of AF-6 via probable internal PDZ ligand motif within the GAP-related domain. The motif was conserved among Rap1 GAPs, and it was shown that rapGAP I was bound to AF-6 comparably with SPA-1. RapV12 was also bound to AF-6 via the N-terminal domain, and SPA-1 and RapV12 were co-immunoprecipitated only in the presence of AF-6, indicating that they could be brought into close proximity via AF-6 in cells. Immunostaining analysis revealed that SPA-1 and RapV12 were co-localized with AF-6 at the cell attachment sites. In HeLa cells expressing SPA-1 in a tetracycline-regulatory manner, expression of AF-6 inhibited endogenous Rap1GTP and beta(1) integrin-mediated cell adhesion to fibronectin in SPA-1-induced conditions, whereas it affected neither of them in SPA-1-repressed conditions. These results suggested that AF-6 could control integrin-mediated cell adhesion by regulating Rap1 activation through the recruitment of both SPA-1 and Rap1GTP via distinct domains.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2003;278;17;15232-8

  • ADIP, a novel Afadin- and alpha-actinin-binding protein localized at cell-cell adherens junctions.

    Asada M, Irie K, Morimoto K, Yamada A, Ikeda W, Takeuchi M and Takai Y

    Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine/ Faculty of Medicine, Suita 565-0871, Japan.

    Afadin is an actin filament (F-actin)-binding protein that is associated with the cytoplasmic tail of nectin, a Ca(2+)-independent immunoglobulin-like cell-cell adhesion molecule. Nectin and afadin strictly localize at cell-cell adherens junctions (AJs) undercoated with F-actin bundles and are involved in the formation of AJs in cooperation with E-cadherin in epithelial cells. In epithelial cells of afadin (-/-) mice and (-/-) embryoid bodies, the proper organization of AJs is markedly impaired. However, the molecular mechanism of how the nectin-afadin system is associated with the E-cadherin-catenin system or functions in the formation of AJs has not yet been fully understood. Here we identified a novel afadin-binding protein, named ADIP (afadin DIL domain-interacting protein). ADIP consists of 615 amino acids with a calculated M(r) of 70,954 and has three coiled-coil domains. Northern and Western blot analyses in mouse tissues indicated that ADIP was widely distributed. Immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy revealed that ADIP strictly localized at cell-cell AJs undercoated with F-actin bundles in small intestine absorptive epithelial cells. This localization pattern was the same as those of afadin and nectin. ADIP was undetectable at cell-matrix AJs. ADIP furthermore bound alpha-actinin, an F-actin-bundling protein known to be indirectly associated with E-cadherin through its direct binding to alpha-catenin. These results indicate that ADIP is an afadin- and alpha-actinin-binding protein that localizes at cell-cell AJs and may have two functions. ADIP may connect the nectin-afadin and E-cadherin-catenin systems through alpha-actinin, and ADIP may be involved in organization of the actin cytoskeleton at AJs through afadin and alpha-actinin.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2003;278;6;4103-11

  • Nectin and afadin: novel organizers of intercellular junctions.

    Takai Y and Nakanishi H

    Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine, Suita 565-0871, Japan. ytakai@molbio.med.osaka-u.ac.jp

    The cadherin superfamily plays key roles in intercellular adhesion. An emerging intercellular adhesion system, consisting of nectin and afadin, also has roles in organization of a variety of intercellular junctions either in cooperation with, or independently of, cadherin. Nectin is a Ca(2+)-independent immunoglobulin-like intercellular adhesion molecule, and afadin is a nectin- and actin-filament-binding protein that connects nectin to the actin cytoskeleton. This novel intercellular adhesion system has roles in the organization of E-cadherin-based adherens junctions and claudin-based tight junctions in epithelial cells. The adhesion system is furthermore involved in the formation of synapses in neurons and the organization of heterotypic junctions between Sertoli cells and spermatids in the testis.

    Journal of cell science 2003;116;Pt 1;17-27

  • RYK, a catalytically inactive receptor tyrosine kinase, associates with EphB2 and EphB3 but does not interact with AF-6.

    Trivier E and Ganesan TS

    Cancer Research UK, Molecular Oncology Laboratories, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DS, United Kingdom.

    RYK is an atypical orphan receptor tyrosine kinase that lacks detectable kinase activity. Nevertheless, using a chimeric receptor approach, we previously found that RYK can signal via the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. Recently, it has been shown that murine Ryk can bind to and be phosphorylated by the ephrin receptors EphB2 and EphB3. In this study, we show that human RYK associates with EphB2 and EphB3 but is not phosphorylated by them. This association requires both the extracellular and cytoplasmic domains of RYK and is not dependent on activation of the Eph receptors. It was also previously shown that AF-6 (afadin), a PDZ domain-containing protein, associates with murine Ryk. We show here that AF-6 does not bind to human RYK in vitro or in vivo. This suggests that there are significant functional differences between human and murine RYK. Further studies are required to determine whether RYK modulates the signaling of EphB2 and EphB3.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2002;277;25;23037-43

  • The LIM domain protein Lmo2 binds to AF6, a translocation partner of the MLL oncogene.

    Bégay-Müller V, Ansieau S and Leutz A

    Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine, Robert-Roessle-Str. 10, 13122 Berlin, Germany.

    The LIM only protein Lmo2 plays an important role in hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis. Lmo2 acts as a bridging molecule between components of hematopoietic gene regulatory protein complexes. We used the yeast two-hybrid system to identify novel Lmo2 interacting proteins and found that the AF6 protein binds to Lmo2. AF6 is a recurrent fusion partner of MLL, the human homolog of Drosophila trithorax chromatin remodeling protein that is involved in childhood leukemia and mixed lineage leukemia. Our data support the notion that recurrent fusion partners of chimeric MLL proteins recruit hematopoietic gene regulatory complexes.

    FEBS letters 2002;521;1-3;36-8

  • Biochemical and structural definition of the l-afadin- and actin-binding sites of alpha-catenin.

    Pokutta S, Drees F, Takai Y, Nelson WJ and Weis WI

    Department of Structural Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

    alpha-Catenin is an integral component of adherens junctions, where it links cadherins to the actin cytoskeleton. alpha-Catenin is also required for the colocalization of the nectin/afadin/ponsin adhesion system to adherens junctions, and it specifically associates with the nectin-binding protein afadin. A proteolytic fragment of alpha-catenin, residues 385-651, contains the afadin-binding site. The three-dimensional structure of this fragment comprises two side-by-side four-helix bundles, both of which are required for afadin binding. The alpha-catenin fragment 385-651 binds afadin more strongly than the full-length protein, suggesting that the full-length protein harbors a cryptic binding site for afadin. Comparison of the alpha-catenin 385-651 structure with the recently solved structure of the alpha-catenin M-fragment (Yang, J., Dokurno, P., Tonks, N. K., and Barford, D. (2001) EMBO J. 20, 3645-3656) reveals a surprising flexibility in the orientation of the two four-helix bundles. alpha-Catenin and the actin-binding protein vinculin share sequence and most likely structural similarity within their actin-binding domains. Despite this homology, actin binding requires additional sequences adjacent to this region.

    Funded by: NIGMS NIH HHS: GM35227, GM56169, R01 GM035527, R01 GM056169

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2002;277;21;18868-74

  • Involvement of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, but not RalGDS, in TC21/R-Ras2-mediated transformation.

    Murphy GA, Graham SM, Morita S, Reks SE, Rogers-Graham K, Vojtek A, Kelley GG and Der CJ

    Department of Pharmacology and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7295, USA. gmurphy@med.unc.edu

    Oncogenic Ras and activated forms of the Ras-related protein TC21/R-Ras2 share similar abilities to alter cell proliferation. However, in contrast to Ras, we found previously that TC21 fails to activate the Raf-1 serine/threonine kinase. Thus, TC21 must utilize non-Raf effectors to regulate cell function. In this study, we determined that TC21 interacts strongly with some (RalGDS, RGL, RGL2/Rlf, AF6, and the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) catalytic subunit p110delta), and weakly with other Ras small middle dotGTP-binding proteins. In addition, library screening identified novel TC21-interacting proteins. We also determined that TC21, similar to Ras, mediates activation of phospholipase Cepsilon. We then examined if RalGDS, a RalA guanine nucleotide exchange factor, or PI3K are effectors for TC21-mediated signaling and cell proliferation in murine fibroblasts. We found that overexpression of full-length RalGDS reduced the focus forming activity of activated TC21. Furthermore, expression of activated Ras, but not TC21, enhanced GTP loading on RalA. In fact, TC21 attenuated insulin-stimulated RalA small middle dotGTP formation. In contrast, like Ras, expression of activated TC21 resulted in membrane translocation and an increase in the PI3K-dependent phosphorylation of Akt, and inhibition of PI3K activity interfered with TC21 focus formation. Finally, unlike Ras, TC21 did not activate the Rac small GTPase, indicating that Ras may not activate Rac by PI3K. Taken together, these results suggest that PI3K, but not RalGDS, is an important mediator of cell proliferation by TC21.

    Funded by: NCI NIH HHS: CA42978, CA55008; NIDDK NIH HHS: DK56294

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2002;277;12;9966-75

  • Nectin4/PRR4, a new afadin-associated member of the nectin family that trans-interacts with nectin1/PRR1 through V domain interaction.

    Reymond N, Fabre S, Lecocq E, Adelaïde J, Dubreuil P and Lopez M

    Institute of Cancerology and Immunology of Marseille, INSERM U.119, 27 bd Lei-Roure, 13009 Marseille, France.

    Nectins are adhesion molecules that participate in the organization of epithelial and endothelial junctions and serve as receptors for herpes simplex virus entry. They belong to the immunoglobulin superfamily, are homologues of the poliovirus receptor (PVR/CD155), and were also named poliovirus receptor-related (PRR) proteins. We identify a new member of the nectin family named nectin4. Peptide sequences of human and murine nectin4 share 92% identity, and as for other members, the ectodomain is made of three immunoglobulin-like domains of V, C, C types. In contrast to other nectin molecules, detection of nectin4 transcripts is mainly restricted to placenta in human tissues. Expression is broader in mouse, and interestingly nectin4 is detected at days 11, 15, and 17 during murine embryogenesis. Nectin4 interacts with afadin, a F-actin-associated molecule, via its carboxyl-terminal cytoplasmic sequence. Both molecules co-localize at cadherin-based adherens junctions in the MDCKII epithelial cell line. Nectins are homophilic adhesion molecules, and recently heterophilic interactions have been described between nectin3/nectin1 and nectin3/nectin2. We confirmed these trans-interactions and also described nectin3 as the PVR/CD155 ligand. By means of several approaches, we report on the identification of nectin4 as a new ligand for nectin1. First, a soluble chimeric recombinant nectin4 ectodomain (nectin4-Fc) trans-interacts with cells expressing nectin1 but not with cells expressing nectin2, nectin3, or PVR/CD155. Conversely, nectin1-Fc binds to cells expressing nectin4. Second, nectin1-Fc precipitates nectin4 expressed in COS cells. Third, reciprocal in vitro physical interactions were detected between nectin4-Fc and nectin1-Fc. The nectin4-Fc/nectin4-Fc interaction was detected suggesting that nectin4 exhibits both homophilic and heterophilic properties. Using the same approaches we demonstrate, for the first time, that the V domain of nectin1 acts as a major functional region involved in trans-heterointeraction with nectin4 and also nectin3.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2001;276;46;43205-15

  • Human nectin3/PRR3: a novel member of the PVR/PRR/nectin family that interacts with afadin.

    Reymond N, Borg JP, Lecocq E, Adelaide J, Campadelli-Fiume G, Dubreuil P and Lopez M

    INSERM U.119, Unité de Cancérologie et Thérapeutique Expérimentale, 27 Bd Lei Roure, 13009, Marseille, France.

    We have isolated nectin3/PRR3, the fourth human member of the nectin/PRR family, also described as the alpha herpes virus receptor family. Nectin/PRR members are adhesion molecules expressed at intercellular junctions. Nectin3/PRR3 is a transmembrane protein, whose extracellular region contains three Ig-like domains (V, C and C) and shares approximately 30% identity with the other members. It is mainly expressed in testis and placental tissues. SDS-PAGE analyses demonstrate that nectin3/PRR3 has a molecular weight of 83kDa. Nectin1/PRR1L and nectin2/PRR2S and L were found to be specifically expressed at the intercellular junctions. This localization is in part due to the interaction of the C-terminal part of these receptors (ended by the consensus sequence A/EXYV) and the PDZ domain of afadin. In this report we demonstrate that the nectin3/PRR3 receptor carries the A/EXYV consensus sequence and interacts in vivo with both long and short isoforms of afadin. These results suggest that the human nectin3/PRR3 is a new afadin-associated molecule.

    Gene 2000;255;2;347-55

  • Junctional adhesion molecule interacts with the PDZ domain-containing proteins AF-6 and ZO-1.

    Ebnet K, Schulz CU, Meyer Zu Brickwedde MK, Pendl GG and Vestweber D

    Institute of Cell Biology, ZMBE, University of Muenster, D-48149 Muenster, Germany.

    We have identified the PDZ domain protein AF-6 as an intracellular binding partner of the junctional adhesion molecule (JAM), an integral membrane protein located at cell contacts. Binding of AF-6 to JAM required the presence of the intact C terminus of JAM, which represents a classical type II PDZ domain-binding motif. Although JAM did not interact with the single PDZ domains of ZO-1 or of CASK, we found that a ZO-1 fragment containing PDZ domains 2 and 3 bound to JAM in vitro in a PDZ domain-dependent manner. AF-6 as well as ZO-1 could be coprecipitated with JAM from endothelial cell extracts, demonstrating the association of the endogenously expressed molecules in vivo. Targeting of JAM to sites of cell contacts could be affected by the loss of the PDZ domain-binding C terminus. Full-length mouse JAM co-distributed with endogenous AF-6 in human Caco-2 cells at sites of cell contact independent of whether adjacent cells expressed mouse JAM as an extracellular binding partner. In contrast, truncated JAM lacking the PDZ domain-binding C terminus did not co-distribute with endogenous AF-6, but was restricted to cell contacts between cells expressing mouse JAM. Our results suggest that JAM can be recruited to intercellular junctions by its interaction with the PDZ domain-containing proteins AF-6 and possibly ZO-1.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2000;275;36;27979-88

  • The junctional multidomain protein AF-6 is a binding partner of the Rap1A GTPase and associates with the actin cytoskeletal regulator profilin.

    Boettner B, Govek EE, Cross J and Van Aelst L

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, USA.

    The AF-6 protein is a multidomain protein that contains two potential Ras-binding domains within its N terminus. Because of this feature, AF-6 has been isolated in both two-hybrid and biochemical approaches and is postulated to be a potential Ras-effector protein. Herein, we show that it is specifically the first Ras-binding domain of AF-6 that mediates this interaction and that the Ras-related Rap1A protein can associate with this motif even more efficiently than the oncogenic Ha-, K-, and N-Ras GTPases. We further demonstrate that both Ras and Rap1 interact with full-length AF-6 in vivo in mammalian cells and that a fraction of Rap1 colocalizes with AF-6 at the membrane. Dominant active Rap1A, in contrast to Ras, when introduced into epithelial MDCK and MCF-7 cells, does not perturb AF-6-specific residency in cell-cell adhesion complexes. In a pursuit to gain further understanding of the role of AF-6 in junctions, we identified profilin as an AF-6-binding protein. Profilin activates monomeric actin units for subsequent polymerization steps at barbed ends of actin filaments and has been shown to participate in cortical actin assembly. To our knowledge, AF-6 is the only integral component in cell-cell junctions discovered thus far that interacts with profilin and thus could modulate actin modeling proximal to adhesion complexes.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2000;97;16;9064-9

  • Nectin-3, a new member of immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecules that shows homophilic and heterophilic cell-cell adhesion activities.

    Satoh-Horikawa K, Nakanishi H, Takahashi K, Miyahara M, Nishimura M, Tachibana K, Mizoguchi A and Takai Y

    Takai Biotimer Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, c/o JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., 2-2-10 Murotani, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651-2241, Japan.

    We have isolated a novel cell-cell adhesion system localized at cadherin-based adherens junctions (AJs). This system consists of at least nectin, a Ca(2+)-independent immunoglobulin-like adhesion molecule, and afadin, an actin filament-binding protein, that connects nectin to the actin cytoskeleton. Nectin constitutes a family consisting of two members, nectin-1 and -2. We have isolated here a third member of the nectin family and named it nectin-3. Nectin-3 has three splicing variants, nectin-3alpha (biggest), -3beta (middle), and -3gamma (smallest). Like nectin-1 and -2, nectin-3alpha consists of three extracellular immunoglobulin-like domains, a transmembrane segment, and a cytoplasmic region with the C-terminal consensus motif for binding to the PDZ domain. Nectin-3alpha formed a cis-homo-dimer and showed Ca(2+)-independent trans-homo-interaction to cause homophilic cell-cell adhesion. Nectin-3alpha furthermore showed trans-hetero-interaction with nectin-1 or -2 but did not form a cis-hetero-dimer with nectin-1 or -2. Nectin-1 did not show trans-hetero-interaction with nectin-2. The affinity of trans-hetero-interaction of nectin-3alpha with nectin-1 or -2 was higher than that of trans-homo-interaction of nectin-1, -2, or -3alpha. Nectin-2 and -3 were ubiquitously expressed, whereas nectin-1 was abundantly expressed in brain. Nectin-3alpha was colocalized with nectin-2 at cadherin-based AJs and interacted with afadin. These results indicate that the nectin family consists of at least three members, nectin-1, -2, and -3, all of which show homophilic and heterophilic cell-cell adhesion activities and are localized at cadherin-based AJs.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2000;275;14;10291-9

  • Defects in nuclear and cytoskeletal morphology and mitochondrial localization in spermatozoa of mice lacking nectin-2, a component of cell-cell adherens junctions.

    Bouchard MJ, Dong Y, McDermott BM, Lam DH, Brown KR, Shelanski M, Bellvé AR and Racaniello VR

    Departments of Microbiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York 10032, USA.

    Nectin-2 is a cell adhesion molecule encoded by a member of the poliovirus receptor gene family. This family consists of human, monkey, rat, and murine genes that are members of the immunoglobulin gene superfamily. Nectin-2 is a component of cell-cell adherens junctions and interacts with l-afadin, an F-actin-binding protein. Disruption of both alleles of the murine nectin-2 gene resulted in morphologically aberrant spermatozoa with defects in nuclear and cytoskeletal morphology and mitochondrial localization. Homozygous null males are sterile, while homozygous null females, as well as heterozygous males and females, are fertile. The production by nectin-2(-/-) mice of normal numbers of spermatozoa containing wild-type levels of DNA suggests that Nectin-2 functions at a late stage of germ cell development. Consistent with such a role, Nectin-2 is expressed in the testes only during the later stages of spermatogenesis. The structural defects observed in spermatozoa of nectin-2(-/-) mice suggest a role for this protein in organization and reorganization of the cytoskeleton during spermiogenesis.

    Funded by: NIAID NIH HHS: AI34418

    Molecular and cellular biology 2000;20;8;2865-73

  • Interaction of nectin with afadin is necessary for its clustering at cell-cell contact sites but not for its cis dimerization or trans interaction.

    Miyahara M, Nakanishi H, Takahashi K, Satoh-Horikawa K, Tachibana K and Takai Y

    Takai Biotimer Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, c/o JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., 2-2-10 Murotani, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651-2241, Japan.

    We have recently found a novel functional unit of cell-cell adhesion at cadherin-based adherens junctions, consisting of at least nectin, a homophilic cell adhesion molecule, and afadin, an actin filament-binding protein, which connects nectin to the actin cytoskeleton. Here we studied a mechanism of cell-cell adhesion of the nectin-afadin system by use of a cadherin-deficient L cell line stably expressing the intact form of mouse nectin-2alpha, a truncated form of nectin-2alpha incapable of interacting with afadin (nectin-2alpha-DeltaC), or a point-mutated form of nectin-2alpha capable of interacting with afadin and a cadherin-expressing EL cell line, which transiently expressed the point-mutated form of nectin-2alpha. We found that the interaction of nectin-2alpha with afadin was necessary for their clustering at cell-cell contact sites. However, nectin-2alpha-DeltaC showed cis dimerization and trans interaction, both of which did not require the interaction of nectin-2alpha with afadin. We have previously shown in EL cells that the interaction of nectin-1 with afadin is necessary for its recruitment to adherens junctions. We found that the trans interaction of nectin-2alpha was furthermore necessary for this recruitment. On the basis of these observations, we propose a model for the mechanism of cell-cell adhesion of nectin and roles of afadin in this mechanism.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2000;275;1;613-8

  • Cingulin contains globular and coiled-coil domains and interacts with ZO-1, ZO-2, ZO-3, and myosin.

    Cordenonsi M, D'Atri F, Hammar E, Parry DA, Kendrick-Jones J, Shore D and Citi S

    Department of Biology, University of Padova, 35121 Padova, Italy.

    We characterized the sequence and protein interactions of cingulin, an M(r) 140-160-kD phosphoprotein localized on the cytoplasmic surface of epithelial tight junctions (TJ). The derived amino acid sequence of a full-length Xenopus laevis cingulin cDNA shows globular head (residues 1-439) and tail (1,326-1,368) domains and a central alpha-helical rod domain (440-1,325). Sequence analysis, electron microscopy, and pull-down assays indicate that the cingulin rod is responsible for the formation of coiled-coil parallel dimers, which can further aggregate through intermolecular interactions. Pull-down assays from epithelial, insect cell, and reticulocyte lysates show that an NH(2)-terminal fragment of cingulin (1-378) interacts in vitro with ZO-1 (K(d) approximately 5 nM), ZO-2, ZO-3, myosin, and AF-6, but not with symplekin, and a COOH-terminal fragment (377-1,368) interacts with myosin and ZO-3. ZO-1 and ZO-2 immunoprecipitates contain cingulin, suggesting in vivo interactions. Full-length cingulin, but not NH(2)-terminal and COOH-terminal fragments, colocalizes with endogenous cingulin in transfected MDCK cells, indicating that sequences within both head and rod domains are required for TJ localization. We propose that cingulin is a functionally important component of TJ, linking the submembrane plaque domain of TJ to the actomyosin cytoskeleton.

    The Journal of cell biology 1999;147;7;1569-82

  • The deubiquitinating enzyme Fam interacts with and stabilizes beta-catenin.

    Taya S, Yamamoto T, Kanai-Azuma M, Wood SA and Kaibuchi K

    Division of Signal Transduction, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma 630-0101, Japan.

    Background: In the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway, the ubiquitinated substrates either undergo degradation by the proteasome or stabilization through the action of the deubiquitinating enzyme. We have previously found that the deubiquitinating enzyme Fam is colocalized with AF-6, one of the effectors of the Ras small GTPase, at cell-cell contact sites in epithelial cells and interacts with AF-6 in vivo and in vitro. Fam has deubiquitinating activity in vitro and prevents the ubiquitination of AF-6 in intact cells. The degradation of beta-catenin, which accumulates at the cell-cell contact sites as a cadherin/catenin complex, is thought to be regulated by the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. These observations prompted us to examine the possible Fam regulation of the stabilization of beta-catenin.

    Results: We found that Fam interacted with beta-catenin both in vivo and in vitro. The Fam-binding site of beta-catenin mapped to the region close to the APC or Axin-binding site of beta-catenin. Over-expression of Fam in mouse L cells resulted in an elevation of beta-catenin levels and in an elongation of the half-life of beta-catenin. In these L cells, Fam was colocalized with beta-catenin at the dot-like structures in the cytoplasm.

    Conclusion: These results indicate that Fam interacts with and stabilizes beta-catenin in vivo, presumably through the deubiquitination of beta-catenin.

    Genes to cells : devoted to molecular & cellular mechanisms 1999;4;12;757-67

  • Biochemical characterization of the Ras-related GTPases Rit and Rin.

    Shao H, Kadono-Okuda K, Finlin BS and Andres DA

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0084, USA.

    We report the biochemical characterization of Rit and Rin, two members of the Ras superfamily identified by expression cloning. Recombinant Rit and Rin bind GTP and exhibit intrinsic GTPase activity. Conversion of Gln to Leu at position 79 (for Rit) or 78 (for Rin) (equivalent to position 61 in Ras) resulted in a complete loss of GTPase activity. Surprisingly, significant differences were found when the guanine nucleotide dissociation constants of Rit and Rin were compared with the majority of Ras-related GTPases. Both proteins display higher k(off) values for GTP than GDP in the presence of 10 mM Mg(2+). These GTP dissociation rates are 5- to 10-fold faster than most Ras-like GTPases. Despite these unique biochemical properties, our data support the notion that both Rit and Rin function as nucleotide-dependent molecular switches. To begin to address whether these proteins act as regulators of distinct signaling pathways, we examined their interaction with a series of known Ras-binding proteins by yeast two-hybrid analysis. Although Rit, Rin, and Ras have highly related effector domain sequences, Rit and Rin were found to interact with the known Ras binding proteins RalGDS, Rlf, and AF-6/Canoe but not with the Raf kinases, RIN1, or the p110 subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. These interactions were GTP and effector domain dependent and suggest that RalGDS, Rlf, and AF-6 are Rit and Rin effectors. Their biochemical properties and interaction with a subset of known Ras effector proteins suggest that Rit and Rin may play important roles in the regulation of signaling pathways and cellular processes distinct from those controlled by Ras.

    Funded by: NEI NIH HHS: EY11231

    Archives of biochemistry and biophysics 1999;371;2;207-19

  • nArgBP2, a novel neural member of ponsin/ArgBP2/vinexin family that interacts with synapse-associated protein 90/postsynaptic density-95-associated protein (SAPAP).

    Kawabe H, Hata Y, Takeuchi M, Ide N, Mizoguchi A and Takai Y

    Department of Molecular Biology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine, Suita 565-0871, Japan.

    Postsynaptic density (PSD)-95/synapse-associated protein (SAP) 90 and synaptic scaffolding molecule (S-SCAM) are synaptic membrane-associated guanylate kinases. Both the proteins interact with SAP90/PSD-95-associated protein (SAPAP) (also called guanylate kinase-associated protein/Dlg-associated protein). SAPAP is a protein highly enriched in the PSD fraction and may link PSD-95/SAP90 and S-SCAM to Triton X-100-insoluble structures. We found here a novel SAPAP-interacting protein, which was specifically expressed in neural tissue and was present in the postsynaptic density fraction in brain. This protein had a sorbin homology domain in the N terminus, a zinc finger motif in the middle region, and three src homology (SH) 3 domains in the C terminus and was homologous to the ponsin/ArgBP2/vinexin family proteins. We named this protein nArgBP2 because it was the most homologous to ArgBP2. nArgBP2 is a neural member of a growing family of SH3-containing proteins. nArgBP2 bound to the proline-rich region of SAPAP via its third SH3 domain and was coimmunoprecipitated with SAPAP from the extract of rat brain. Furthermore, nArgBP2 was colocalized with SAPAP at synapses in cerebellum. nArgBP2 bound to not only SAPAP but also vinculin and l-afadin, known to bind to ponsin and vinexin. nArgBP2 may be implicated in the protein network around SAPAP in the PSD.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 1999;274;43;30914-8

  • Similar and differential behaviour between the nectin-afadin-ponsin and cadherin-catenin systems during the formation and disruption of the polarized junctional alignment in epithelial cells.

    Asakura T, Nakanishi H, Sakisaka T, Takahashi K, Mandai K, Nishimura M, Sasaki T and Takai Y

    Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine/Faculty of Medicine, Suita 565-0871, Japan.

    Background: We have recently identified a novel cell-cell adhesion system, named NAP system, which is localized at cadherin-based cell-cell adherens junctions (AJs). The NAP system is composed of at least nectin, afadin and ponsin. Nectin is an immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule. Afadin is an actin filament-binding protein which associates nectin with the actin cytoskeleton. Ponsin is an afadin-binding protein which furthermore binds to vinculin and provides a possible linkage of nectin-afadin to cadherin-catenin through vinculin. We compared here the behaviour of the NAP and cadherin-catenin systems during the formation and disruption of the polarized junctional alignment in epithelial cells.

    Results: At the early stage of the formation of the polarized junctional alignment in MTD-1 A cells, primordial spot-like junctions were formed at the tips of thin cellular protrusions radiating from adjacent cells. Nectin, afadin, ponsin, cadherin and catenin were simultaneously recruited to these junctions. As the cell polarization proceeded, the spot-like junctions were gradually fused to form belt-like AJs where all these proteins were concentrated. The disruption of cell-cell AJs in MDCK cells by culturing at a low Ca2+ concentration caused rapid endocytosis of cadherin, but not that of nectin or afadin. Addition of 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate to the cells formed a tight junction-like structure where nectin and afadin, but not cadherin, accumulated.

    Conclusion: These results indicate that the NAP and cadherin-catenin systems show similar and differential behaviour during the formation and disruption of the polarized junctional alignment in epithelial cells.

    Genes to cells : devoted to molecular & cellular mechanisms 1999;4;10;573-81

  • M-Ras/R-Ras3, a transforming ras protein regulated by Sos1, GRF1, and p120 Ras GTPase-activating protein, interacts with the putative Ras effector AF6.

    Quilliam LA, Castro AF, Rogers-Graham KS, Martin CB, Der CJ and Bi C

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Walther Oncology Center, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, USA. lquillia@iupui.edu

    M-Ras is a Ras-related protein that shares approximately 55% identity with K-Ras and TC21. The M-Ras message was widely expressed but was most predominant in ovary and brain. Similarly to Ha-Ras, expression of mutationally activated M-Ras in NIH 3T3 mouse fibroblasts or C2 myoblasts resulted in cellular transformation or inhibition of differentiation, respectively. M-Ras only weakly activated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2 (ERK2), but it cooperated with Raf, Rac, and Rho to induce transforming foci in NIH 3T3 cells, suggesting that M-Ras signaled via alternate pathways to these effectors. Although the mitogen-activated protein kinase/ERK kinase inhibitor, PD98059, blocked M-Ras-induced transformation, M-Ras was more effective than an activated mitogen-activated protein kinase/ERK kinase mutant at inducing focus formation. These data indicate that multiple pathways must contribute to M-Ras-induced transformation. M-Ras interacted poorly in a yeast two-hybrid assay with multiple Ras effectors, including c-Raf-1, A-Raf, B-Raf, phosphoinositol-3 kinase delta, RalGDS, and Rin1. Although M-Ras coimmunoprecipitated with AF6, a putative regulator of cell junction formation, overexpression of AF6 did not contribute to fibroblast transformation, suggesting the possibility of novel effector proteins. The M-Ras GTP/GDP cycle was sensitive to the Ras GEFs, Sos1, and GRF1 and to p120 Ras GAP. Together, these findings suggest that while M-Ras is regulated by similar upstream stimuli to Ha-Ras, novel targets may be responsible for its effects on cellular transformation and differentiation.

    Funded by: NCI NIH HHS: CA63139, CA69577

    The Journal of biological chemistry 1999;274;34;23850-7

  • In vivo interaction of AF-6 with activated Ras and ZO-1.

    Yamamoto T, Harada N, Kawano Y, Taya S and Kaibuchi K

    Division of Signal Transduction, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma, Nara, 630-0101, Japan.

    AF-6 contains two putative Ras-associating domains (RA domains) which are seen in several Ras effectors such as RalGDS and RIN1. We previously showed that an AF-6 fragment containing the amino-terminal (N-terminal) RA domain directly binds to activated Ras and ZO-1 in vitro. In this study, we showed that a single amino acid mutation in the N-terminal RA domain of AF-6 abolished the interaction of AF-6 with activated Ras and that the sites of this critical amino acid residue were similar to those for Raf-1 and RalGDS. The overexpression of the N-terminal RA domain of AF-6 inhibited the Ras-dependent c-fos promoter/enhancer stimulation in NIH3T3 cells. Endogenous AF-6 was coimmunoprecipitated with activated Ras from Rat1 cells expressing activated Ras. Moreover, we showed that AF-6 was coimmunoprecipitated with ZO-1 from Rat1 cells. Taken together, these results indicate that the Ras-interacting region on AF-6 is structurally similar to that on Raf-1 and on RalGDS and that AF-6 interacts with activated Ras and ZO-1 in vivo.

    Biochemical and biophysical research communications 1999;259;1;103-7

  • Thermodynamic and kinetic characterization of the interaction between the Ras binding domain of AF6 and members of the Ras subfamily.

    Linnemann T, Geyer M, Jaitner BK, Block C, Kalbitzer HR, Wittinghofer A and Herrmann C

    Abteilung Strukturelle Biologie, Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Physiologie, Postfach 102664, 44026 Dortmund, Germany.

    Cellular signaling downstream of Ras is highly diversified and may involve many different effector molecules. A potential candidate is AF6 which was originally identified as a fusion to ALL-1 in acute myeloid leukemia. In the present work the interaction between Ras and AF6 is characterized and compared with other effectors. The binding characteristics are quite similar to Raf and RalGEF, i.e. nucleotide dissociation as well as GTPase-activating protein activity are inhibited, whereas the intrinsic GTPase activity of Ras is unperturbed by AF6 binding. Particularly, the dynamics of interaction are similar to Raf and RalGEF with a lifetime of the Ras. AF6 complex in the millisecond range. As probed by 31P NMR spectroscopy one of two major conformational states of Ras is stabilized by the interaction with AF6. Looking at the affinities of AF6 to a number of Ras mutants in the effector region, a specificity profile emerges distinct from that of other effector molecules. This finding may be useful in defining the biological function of AF6 by selectively switching off other pathways downstream of Ras using the appropriate effector mutant. Notably, among the Ras-related proteins AF6 binds most tightly to Rap1A which could imply a role of Rap1A in AF6 regulation.

    The Journal of biological chemistry 1999;274;19;13556-62

  • Nectin/PRR: an immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule recruited to cadherin-based adherens junctions through interaction with Afadin, a PDZ domain-containing protein.

    Takahashi K, Nakanishi H, Miyahara M, Mandai K, Satoh K, Satoh A, Nishioka H, Aoki J, Nomoto A, Mizoguchi A and Takai Y

    Takai Biotimer Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corp., c/o JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., Kobe 651-2241, Japan.

    We have isolated a novel actin filament-binding protein, named afadin, localized at cadherin-based cell-cell adherens junctions (AJs) in various tissues and cell lines. Afadin has one PDZ domain, three proline-rich regions, and one actin filament-binding domain. We found here that afadin directly interacted with a family of the immunoglobulin superfamily, which was isolated originally as the poliovirus receptor-related protein (PRR) family consisting of PRR1 and -2, and has been identified recently to be the alphaherpes virus receptor. PRR has a COOH-terminal consensus motif to which the PDZ domain of afadin binds. PRR and afadin were colocalized at cadherin-based cell-cell AJs in various tissues and cell lines. In E-cadherin-expressing EL cells, PRR was recruited to cadherin-based cell-cell AJs through interaction with afadin. PRR showed Ca2+-independent cell-cell adhesion activity. These results indicate that PRR is a cell-cell adhesion molecule of the immunoglobulin superfamily which is recruited to cadherin-based cell-cell AJs through interaction with afadin. We rename PRR as nectin (taken from the Latin word "necto" meaning "to connect").

    The Journal of cell biology 1999;145;3;539-49

  • Complete DNA sequence and characterization of a 330-kb VNTR-rich region on chromosome 6q27 that is commonly deleted in ovarian cancer.

    Minaguchi T, Matsushima M, Saito S, Kanamori Y, Shirahama S, Okamoto S, Minami M, Taketani Y and Nakamura Y

    Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Human Genome Center, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, Japan.

    We report the complete genomic DNA sequence and the characterization of a 330-kb region on chromosome 6q27 that is often deleted in ovarian cancers. Using computer programs to predict exonic sequences, we isolated four novel genes, HGC6.1-4, as well as the known AF-6 gene. None of the deduced products of the novel genes exhibited significant homology to previously known proteins. We also identified ten microsatellites and 12 different VNTR sequences within the target region. HGC6.3 contained a VNTR within a coding exon, each repeat consisting of 42 nucleotides; the predicted 14-amino-acid consensus unit is MTPTVFSSQHTAGG. At least nine different sizes of this VNTR locus were detected among 20 unrelated DNA samples from caucasians. The polymorphic markers and the transcript map documented here may contribute to identification of novel genes or allelic aberrations associated with the development of ovarian cancers.

    DNA research : an international journal for rapid publication of reports on genes and genomes 1999;6;2;131-6

  • Ponsin/SH3P12: an l-afadin- and vinculin-binding protein localized at cell-cell and cell-matrix adherens junctions.

    Mandai K, Nakanishi H, Satoh A, Takahashi K, Satoh K, Nishioka H, Mizoguchi A and Takai Y

    Takai Biotimer Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, c/o JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., 2-2-10 Murotani, Nishi-ku, Kobe 651-2241, Japan.

    We recently isolated a novel actin filament (F-actin)-binding protein, afadin, that has two isoforms, l- and s-afadins. l-Afadin is ubiquitously expressed and specifically localized at zonula adherens (ZA) in epithelial cells and at cell-cell adherens junction (AJ) in nonepithelial cells, whereas s-afadin is abundantly expressed in neural tissue. l-Afadin has one PDZ domain, three proline-rich regions, and one F-actin-binding domain, whereas s-afadin lacks the third proline-rich region and the F-actin-binding domain. To understand the molecular mechanism of the specific localization of l-afadin at ZA in epithelial cells and at cell-cell AJ in nonepithelial cells, we attempted here to identify an l-afadin-binding protein(s) and isolated a protein, named ponsin. Ponsin had many splicing variants and the primary structures of two of them were determined. Both the two variants had three Src homology 3 (SH3) domains and turned out to be splicing variants of SH3P12. The third proline-rich region of l-afadin bound to the region of ponsin containing the second and third SH3 domains. Ponsin was ubiquitously expressed and localized at ZA in epithelial cells, at cell-cell AJ in nonepithelial cells, and at cell-matrix AJ in both types of cells. Ponsin furthermore directly bound vinculin, an F-actin-binding protein localized at ZA in epithelial cells, at cell-cell AJ in nonepithelial cells, and at cell-matrix AJ in both types of cells. Vinculin has one proline-rich region where two proline-rich sequences are located. The proline-rich region bound to the region of ponsin containing the first and second SH3 domains. l-Afadin and vinculin bound to ponsin in a competitive manner and these three proteins hardly formed a ternary complex. These results indicate that ponsin is an l-afadin- and vinculin-binding protein localized at ZA in epithelial cells, at cell-cell AJ in nonepithelial cells, and at cell-matrix AJ in both types of cells.

    The Journal of cell biology 1999;144;5;1001-17

  • The Ras target AF-6 is a substrate of the fam deubiquitinating enzyme.

    Taya S, Yamamoto T, Kano K, Kawano Y, Iwamatsu A, Tsuchiya T, Tanaka K, Kanai-Azuma M, Wood SA, Mattick JS and Kaibuchi K

    Division of Signal Transduction, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma 630-0101, Japan.

    The Ras target AF-6 has been shown to serve as one of the peripheral components of cell-cell adhesions, and is thought to participate in cell-cell adhesion regulation downstream of Ras. We here purified an AF-6-interacting protein with a molecular mass of approximately 220 kD (p220) to investigate the function of AF-6 at cell-cell adhesions. The peptide sequences of p220 were identical to the amino acid sequences of mouse Fam. Fam is homologous to a deubiquitinating enzyme in Drosophila, the product of the fat facets gene. Recent genetic analyses indicate that the deubiquitinating activity of the fat facets product plays a critical role in controlling the cell fate. We found that Fam accumulated at the cell-cell contact sites of MDCKII cells, but not at free ends of plasma membranes. Fam was partially colocalized with AF-6 and interacted with AF-6 in vivo and in vitro. We also showed that AF-6 was ubiquitinated in intact cells, and that Fam prevented the ubiquitination of AF-6.

    The Journal of cell biology 1998;142;4;1053-62

  • PDZ-domain-mediated interaction of the Eph-related receptor tyrosine kinase EphB3 and the ras-binding protein AF6 depends on the kinase activity of the receptor.

    Hock B, Böhme B, Karn T, Yamamoto T, Kaibuchi K, Holtrich U, Holland S, Pawson T, Rübsamen-Waigmann H and Strebhardt K

    Chemotherapeutisches Forschungsinstitut, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse 42-44, 60596 Frankfurt, Germany.

    Eph-related receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) have been implicated in intercellular communication during embryonic development. To elucidate their signal transduction pathways, we applied the yeast two-hybrid system. We could demonstrate that the carboxyl termini of the Eph-related RTKs EphA7, EphB2, EphB3, EphB5, and EphB6 interact with the PDZ domain of the ras-binding protein AF6. A mutational analysis revealed that six C-terminal residues of the receptors are involved in binding to the PDZ domain of AF6 in a sequence-specific fashion. Moreover, this PDZ domain also interacts with C-terminal sequences derived from other transmembrane receptors such as neurexins and the Notch ligand Jagged. In contrast to the association of EphB3 to the PDZ domain of AF6, the interaction with full-length AF6 clearly depends on the kinase activity of EphB3, suggesting a regulated mechanism for the PDZ-domain-mediated interaction. These data gave rise to the idea that the binding of AF6 to EphB3 occurs in a cooperative fashion because of synergistic effects involving different epitopes of both proteins. Moreover, in NIH 3T3 and NG108 cells endogenous AF6 is phosphorylated specifically by EphB3 and EphB2 in a ligand-dependent fashion. Our observations add the PDZ domain to the group of conserved protein modules such as Src-homology-2 (SH2) and phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domains that regulate signal transduction through their ability to mediate the interaction with RTKs.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 1998;95;17;9779-84

  • Complete genomic structure DNA polymorphisms, and alternative splicing of the human AF-6 gene.

    Saito S, Matsushima M, Shirahama S, Minaguchi T, Kanamori Y, Minami M and Nakamura Y

    Center for Molecular Biology and Cytogenetics, SRL, Inc., Tokyo, Japan.

    In our previous work, detailed deletion mapping of ovarian cancers indicated that a 300-kb region of chromosome 6q27 was likely to contain one or more putative tumor suppressor genes associated with development of this type of cancer. DNA sequencing in the region disclosed the presence of AF-6, a gene that had been identified as the ALL-1 fusion partner involved in acute myeloid leukemias with t(6;11)(q27;q23) translocations. In the work reported here, we determined the complete genomic sequence of the AF-6 gene, including exon-intron boundaries, and found six DNA polymorphisms. One of them, an insertion/deletion polymorphism, determined the presence or absence of seven amino acids in the AF-6 product. We also identified two alternatively spliced forms of the gene; the two novel transcripts would encode additional C-terminal peptides in comparison to the reported protein. Sequencing of seven cosmid clones that covered the entire gene revealed 32 exons (not including one exon involved in the insertion/deletion polymorphism), spanning approximately 140 kb of genomic DNA. These results may contribute to an understanding of the mechanism causing chromosomal translocations in leukemic cells.

    DNA research : an international journal for rapid publication of reports on genes and genomes 1998;5;2;115-20

  • Afadin: A novel actin filament-binding protein with one PDZ domain localized at cadherin-based cell-to-cell adherens junction.

    Mandai K, Nakanishi H, Satoh A, Obaishi H, Wada M, Nishioka H, Itoh M, Mizoguchi A, Aoki T, Fujimoto T, Matsuda Y, Tsukita S and Takai Y

    Takai Biotimer Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation, c/o JCR Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd., Kobe 651-22, Japan.

    A novel actin filament (F-actin)-binding protein with a molecular mass of approximately 205 kD (p205), which was concentrated at cadherin-based cell-to-cell adherens junction (AJ), was isolated and characterized. p205 was purified from rat brain and its cDNA was cloned from a rat brain cDNA library. p205 was a protein of 1,829 amino acids (aa) with a calculated molecular mass of 207,667 kD. p205 had one F-actin-binding domain at 1,631-1,829 aa residues and one PDZ domain at 1,016- 1,100 aa residues, a domain known to interact with transmembrane proteins. p205 was copurified from rat brain with another protein with a molecular mass of 190 kD (p190). p190 was a protein of 1,663 aa with a calculated molecular mass of 188,971 kD. p190 was a splicing variant of p205 having one PDZ domain at 1,009-1,093 aa residues but lacking the F-actin-binding domain. Homology search analysis revealed that the aa sequence of p190 showed 90% identity over the entire sequence with the product of the AF-6 gene, which was found to be fused to the ALL-1 gene, known to be involved in acute leukemia. p190 is likely to be a rat counterpart of human AF-6 protein. p205 bound along the sides of F-actin but hardly showed the F-actin-cross-linking activity. Northern and Western blot analyses showed that p205 was ubiquitously expressed in all the rat tissues examined, whereas p190 was specifically expressed in brain. Immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopic studies revealed that p205 was concentrated at cadherin-based cell-to-cell AJ of various tissues. We named p205 l-afadin (a large splicing variant of AF-6 protein localized at adherens junction) and p190 s-afadin (a small splicing variant of l-afadin). These results suggest that l-afadin serves as a linker of the actin cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane at cell-to-cell AJ.

    The Journal of cell biology 1997;139;2;517-28

  • Chimeric MLL products with a Ras binding cytoplasmic protein AF6 involved in t(6;11) (q27;q23) leukemia localize in the nucleus.

    Joh T, Yamamoto K, Kagami Y, Kakuda H, Sato T, Yamamoto T, Takahashi T, Ueda R, Kaibuchi K and Seto M

    Laboratory of Chemotherapy, Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute, Nagoya, Japan.

    In infantile leukemias and therapy-related leukemias, the MLL gene is frequently found to be disrupted and fused to various translocation partner genes, such as AF4/FEL, LTG9/AF9 and LTG19/ENL as a result of 11q23 translocations. We previously showed that the N-terminal portion common to various chimeric MLL products, as well as to MLL-LTG9 and MLL-LTG19, localizes in the nuclei, and therefore suggested that it might play an important role in leukemogenesis. In the present study, MLL-AF6 chimeric products found in the t(6;11)(q27;q23) translocation were analysed since AF6, a Ras-binding protein, exhibits a different subcellular localization from that of LTG9/AF9 and LTG19/ENL. Immunofluorescence staining data and cell fractionation analyses demonstrated that MLL-AF6 chimeric products localize in the nuclei despite the fact that AF6 itself localizes in the cytoplasm, confirming the importance of the nuclear localization of chimeric MLL products. The region in the N-terminal portion of MLL responsible for this nuclear localization was examined and found to be a region containing AT-hook motifs.

    Oncogene 1997;15;14;1681-7

  • AF6 gene on chromosome band 6q27 maps distal to the minimal region of deletion in epithelial ovarian cancer.

    Saha V, Lillington DM, Shelling AN, Chaplin T, Yaspo ML, Ganesan TS and Young BD

    Department of Medical Oncology, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

    Chromosome 6 has been shown to contain at band q27 a minimal region of deletion associated with epithelial ovarian cancers and AF6, a gene disrupted in acute myeloid leukemia with t(6;11)(q27;q23). Using rapid amplification of cDNA ends by polymerase chain reaction, the breakpoint in AF6 was confirmed and a cDNA clone identified. This clone was used as a probe to screen a chromosome 6 cosmid library, and a single cosmid C-109F0645 was isolated. By fluorescence in situ hybridization, C-109F0465 was found to map distal to the critically deleted region associated with ovarian malignancies. AF6 is therefore distinct from and lies telomeric to this region.

    Genes, chromosomes & cancer 1995;14;3;220-2

  • Cloning of the ALL-1 fusion partner, the AF-6 gene, involved in acute myeloid leukemias with the t(6;11) chromosome translocation.

    Prasad R, Gu Y, Alder H, Nakamura T, Canaani O, Saito H, Huebner K, Gale RP, Nowell PC, Kuriyama K et al.

    Jefferson Cancer Institute, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107.

    Reciprocal chromosome translocations involving 11q23 are frequently associated with acute leukemias, with the t(4;11) translocation predominating among acute lymphoblastic leukemias, and the t(9;11), t(11;19) and t(6;11) translocations most common among acute myeloid leukemias. In each of these translocations the ALL-1 gene, located at 11q23 and constituting the human homologue of Drosophila trithorax, fuses to a specific gene on the partner chromosome to produce a chimeric protein. Here we report the cloning and the characterization of the partner gene from chromosome 6 (AF-6). AF-6 is expressed in a variety of cell types and encodes a protein of 1612 amino acids. The protein contains short stretches rich in prolines, charged amino acids, serines, or glutamines. In addition, the AF-6 protein contains the GLGF motif shared with several proteins of vertebrates and invertebrates thought to be involved in signal transduction at special cell-cell junctions.

    Funded by: NCI NIH HHS: CA39860

    Cancer research 1993;53;23;5624-8

Gene lists (6)

Gene List Source Species Name Description Gene count
L00000009 G2C Homo sapiens Human PSD Human orthologues of mouse PSD adapted from Collins et al (2006) 1080
L00000016 G2C Homo sapiens Human PSP Human orthologues of mouse PSP adapted from Collins et al (2006) 1121
L00000059 G2C Homo sapiens BAYES-COLLINS-HUMAN-PSD-CONSENSUS Human cortex PSD consensus 748
L00000061 G2C Homo sapiens BAYES-COLLINS-MOUSE-PSD-CONSENSUS Mouse cortex PSD consensus (ortho) 984
L00000069 G2C Homo sapiens BAYES-COLLINS-HUMAN-PSD-FULL Human cortex biopsy PSD full list 1461
L00000071 G2C Homo sapiens BAYES-COLLINS-MOUSE-PSD-FULL Mouse cortex PSD full list (ortho) 1556
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