PROTEIN KINASE C AFFECTS REFORMATION OF ENDOTHELIAL JUNCTIONS IN XENOPUS XTH-2 CELLS

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To whom correspondence should be addressed; achenbach@physio.uni-bonn.de

Abstract

Endothelial cells can reversibly be forced to suppress the formation of endothelial junctions (EJ) by cultivation in a low calcium medium. The authors localized vinculin and cadherin as marker proteins of EJ and actin as a cytoskeletal component by fluorescence microscopy, and used this cell model to study the reformation of endothelial junctions under conditions of activation and inhibition of protein kinase C (PKC). Inhibition of PKC by H-7 leads to an acceleration of EJ reformation, while constitutive activation by TPA inhibits the reformation process.

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