[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs) have been recently described as interendothelial junctional molecules and as integrin ligands. Here we show that JAM-B and JAM-C undergo heterophilic interaction in cell-cell contacts and that JAM-C is recruited and stabilized in junctional complexes by JAM-B. In addition, soluble JAM-B dissociates soluble JAM-C homodimers to form JAM-B/JAM-C heterodimers. This suggests that the affinity of JAM-C monomers to form dimers is higher for JAM-B than for JAM-C. Using antibodies against JAM-C, the formation of JAM-B/JAM-C heterodimers can be abolished. This liberates JAM-C from its vascular binding partner JAM-B and makes it available on the apical side of vessels for interaction with its leukocyte counter-receptor alpha(M)beta2 integrin. We demonstrate that the modulation of JAM-C localization in junctional complexes is a new regulatory mechanism for alpha(M)beta2-dependent adhesion of leukocytes.
Molecular Biology of the Cell 11/2005; 16(10):4992-5003. · 4.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Syncollin was first demonstrated to be a protein capable of affecting granule fusion in a cell-free system, but later studies revealed its luminal localization in zymogen granules. To determine its possible role in exocytosis in the intact cell, syncollin and a truncated form of the protein (lacking the N-terminal hydrophobic domain) were stably transfected in insulin-secreting INS-1 cells since these well-studied exocytotic cells appear not to express the protein per se. Studies by subcellular fractionation analysis, double immunofluorescence staining, and electron microscopy examination revealed that transfection of syncollin produced strong signals in the insulin secretory granules, whereas the product from transfecting the truncated syncollin was predominantly associated with the Golgi apparatus and to a lesser degree with the endoplasmic reticulum. The expressed products were associated with membranes and not the soluble fractions in either cytoplasm or the lumens of organelles. Importantly, insulin release stimulated by various secretagogues was severely impaired in cells expressing syncollin, but not affected by expressing truncated syncollin. Transfection of syncollin appeared not to impede insulin biosynthesis and processing, since cellular contents of proinsulin and insulin and the number of secretory granules were not altered. In addition, the early signals (membrane depolarization and Ca(2+) responses) for regulated insulin secretion were unaffected. These findings indicate that syncollin may be targeted to insulin secretory granules specifically and impair regulated secretion at a distal stage.