Journal article
Similarities in structure and expression between mouse P-cadherin, chicken B-cadherin and frog XB/U-cadherin.



Publication Details
Authors:
Redies, C.; Müller, H.
Publisher:
HARWOOD ACAD PUBL GMBH
Publication year:
1994
Journal:
CELL ADHESION AND COMMUNICATION
Pages range:
511-520
Volume number:
2
Issue number:
6
Start page:
511
End page:
520
Number of pages:
10
ISSN:
1061-5385

Abstract
By immunological methods, we show that the monoclonal antibody 6D5 which reacts specifically with Xenopus laevis XB/U-cadherin, also binds to mouse P-cadherin and to chicken B-cadherin but not to the respective E-cadherins (L-CAM) or other ''classical'' cadherins in these species. In the first extracellular domain, three amino acid residues are identified that are shared by frog XB/U-cadherin, chicken B-cadherin and mammalian P-cadherins but not by the other ''classical'' cadherins. With few exceptions, the other cadherins possess residues at these positions that are also characteristic of each type of cadherin. Moreover, the expression patterns of P-, B-, and XB/U-cadherin in mouse, chicken and frog are more similar to each other than they are to those of the E-cadherins, L-CAM or other classical cadherins. Taken together, our results suggest that mammalian P-cadherins, chicken B-cadherin and frog XB/U-cadherin are closely related, if not homologous, molecules. A number of differences in the expression patterns between P-, B-, and XB/U-cadherin indicate that these molecules assume differential morphogenetic roles in different species.


Keywords
CADHERIN SUPERFAMILY, CALCIUM-DEPENDENT, CELL-CELL ADHESION, CROSS-SPECIES HOMOLOGS, EXPRESSION ANALYSIS, PHYLOGENESIS


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