RGD Reference Report - Junctional plaque proteins shift to the apical surface of uterine epithelial cells during early pregnancy in the rat. - Rat Genome Database
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Junctional plaque proteins shift to the apical surface of uterine epithelial cells during early pregnancy in the rat.

Authors: Orchard, MD  Shaw, TJ  Murphy, CR 
Citation: Orchard MD, etal., Acta Histochem. 1999 Apr;101(2):147-56.
RGD ID: 2291899
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:10335358
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/S0065-1281(99)80014-2

Antibodies against the cytoplasmic plaque molecules, plectin and plakoglobin, and cytokeratin, the molecular component of intermediate filaments (IFs), were used to examine the distribution of these molecules in rat uterine epithelial cells during early pregnancy including the period of blastocyst implantation. On day 1 of pregnancy plectin was detected in concentrated bands along the apical and basal plasma membranes, and diffusely throughout the cytoplasm. Plakoglobin was found along the entire lateral plasma membrane on day 1. By day 6, the time of blastocyst implantation, plectin was localised along the apical and basal membranes and reduced in the basal cytoplasm, and plakoglobin was seen exclusively at the apical-most quarter of the lateral plasma membrane. Cytokeratin was detected throughout the cytoplasm on day 1, but by day 6, was localised to the apical region of the cytoplasm only. These results show a redistribution of plectin, plakoglobin and cytokeratin away from the basal region of the uterine epithelial cells. The change in distribution of these molecules may contribute to the adhesion of the blastocyst to the apical and lateral surfaces of uterine epithelial cells and the subsequent detachment of the uterine epithelium from the basal lamina.

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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Jup  (junction plakoglobin)


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