Connexin45 interacts with zonula occludens-1 in osteoblastic cells

James G. Laing, Renée N. Manley-Markowski, Michael Koval, Roberto Civitelli, Thomas H. Steinberg

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Connexin43(Cx43) and Cx45 are co-expressed in a number of different tissues. Studies demonstrated that Cx45 transfected ROS (ROS/Cx45) cells, were less permeable to low molecular weight dyes than untransfected ROS cells, that have gap junctions made of Cx43. This suggests that there may be a functionally important interaction between Cx43 and Cx45 in these cells. One way in which these proteins may interact is by associating with the same set of proteins. In order to isolate connexin interacting proteins, we isolated Cx45 from Cx45 transfected ROS cells (ROS/Cx45 cells) under mild detergent conditions. These studies showed that Cx45 co-purified with the tight junction protein, ZO-1. Immunofluorescence studies of ROS/Cx45 cells simultaneously stained with polyclonal Cx45 antibody and a monoclonal ZO-1 antibody showed that Cx45 and ZO-1 colocalized in ROS/Cx45 cells. Furthermore we found that ZO-1 could bind to peptides derived from the carboxyl terminal of Cx45 that had been covalently bound to an agarose resin. These data suggests that Cx45 and ZO-1 directly interact in ROS/Cx45 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalCell Adhesion and Communication
Issue number4-6
StatePublished - 2000


  • Cell-cell communication
  • Connexin
  • Gap junction
  • PDZ domains
  • ZO-1


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