The tight junction protein ZO-2 localizes to the nucleus and interacts with the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein scaffold attachment factor-B

Andreas Traweger, Renate Fuchs, I. Krizbai, Thomas M. Weiger, Hans Christian Bauer, Hannelore Bauer

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Zonula occludens proteins (ZOPs), currently comprising ZO-1, ZO-2, and ZO-3, belong to the family of membrane-associated guanylate kinase homologue (MAGUK) proteins that are involved in the organization of epithelial and endothelial intercellular junctions. ZOPs bind to the cytoplasmic C termini of junctional transmembrane proteins linking them to the actin cytoskeleton. They are characterized by several conserved modules, including three PDZ domains, one SH3 domain, and a guanylate kinase-like domain, elements indicating that ZOPs may serve multiple purposes. Interestingly, ZOPs contain some unique motifs not shared by other MAGUK family members, including nuclear localization and nuclear export signals and a leucine zipper-like sequence. Their potential involvement in cell growth and proliferation has been suggested earlier based on the observation that the N-terminal half of ZOPs displays significant similarity to the product of the Drosophila tumor suppressor gene lethal(1)discslarge (dlg). The nuclear targeting of ZOPs in subconfluent epithelial cell cultures is well documented, although the action of the junctional MAGUKs in the nucleus has remained elusive. Here we show for the first time that nuclear ZO-2 directly interacts with the DNA-binding protein scaffold attachment factor-B (SAF-B). Our results from two-hybrid assays and in vivo co-immunoprecipitation studies provide evidence to suggest that ZO-2 associates with the C-terminal portion of SAF-B via its PDZ-1 domain. We further demonstrate that enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)- and DsRed-tagged ZO-2 and SAF-B fusion proteins partially co-localize in nuclei of transfected epithelial cells. As shown by laser confocal microscopy and epifluorescent analysis, nuclear ZO-2 is present in epithelial and endothelial cells, particularly in response to environmental stress conditions. Interestingly, no association of SAF-B with ZO-1 was found, which supports the notion that junctional MAGUKs serve nonredundant functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2692-2700
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume278
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 24 2003

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Zonula Occludens Proteins
Zonula Occludens-2 Protein
Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoproteins
Tight Junction Proteins
Nuclear Matrix
Scaffolds
Guanylate Kinases
PDZ Domains
Epithelial Cells
Confocal Microscopy
Nuclear Export Signals
Leucine Zippers
Two-Hybrid System Techniques
Proteins
Intercellular Junctions
src Homology Domains
Confocal microscopy
Endothelial cells
DNA-Binding Proteins
Cell proliferation

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The tight junction protein ZO-2 localizes to the nucleus and interacts with the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein scaffold attachment factor-B. / Traweger, Andreas; Fuchs, Renate; Krizbai, I.; Weiger, Thomas M.; Bauer, Hans Christian; Bauer, Hannelore.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 278, No. 4, 24.01.2003, p. 2692-2700.

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Traweger, Andreas ; Fuchs, Renate ; Krizbai, I. ; Weiger, Thomas M. ; Bauer, Hans Christian ; Bauer, Hannelore. / The tight junction protein ZO-2 localizes to the nucleus and interacts with the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein scaffold attachment factor-B. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2003 ; Vol. 278, No. 4. pp. 2692-2700.
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