Cell and Developmental Biology graduate student Yu-Kemp and colleagues identify two proteins necessary for epithelial cell-cell junctions

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The work is the cover story of the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology.

Epithelial cells build specialized cell-cell junctions to separate two different compartments. Many of these cell-cell junctions depend on the actin cytoskeleton for their assembly and maintenance. Graduate student Hui-Chia Yu-Kemp and colleagues identified CRMP-1 and EVL as novel factors necessary for assembling actin in epithelial cells. If either factor is perturbed, then actin filaments are lost. Consequently, the epithelial sheet becomes perforated with holes because cell-cell adhesion is weakened, and the cells’ ability to close the holes is diminished. Yu-Kemp (Brieher Lab) and colleagues propose that the integrity of epithelial sheets requires continuous actin assembly that is CRMP-1 and EVL dependent.

Posted August 10, 2017.