Masayuki Ozawa

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Cadherins are transmembrane glycoproteins involved in Ca(2+)-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Previously, we showed that the conserved membrane-proximal region of the E-cadherin cytoplasmic domain negatively regulates adhesion activity. In this report, we provide several lines of evidence that p120(ctn) is involved in this negative regulation. p120(ctn) binds(More)
Cadherins are transmembrane glycoproteins involved in Ca2+-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Deletion of the COOH-terminal residues of the E-cadherin cytoplasmic domain has been shown to abolish its cell adhesive activity, which has been ascribed to the failure of the deletion mutants to associate with catenins. Based on our present results, this concept needs(More)
Snail, a transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin expression, is involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transitions during development. We demonstrate that Snail activity is not restricted to E-cadherin downregulation. Expression of tight junction proteins, including claudin-1, occludin and ZO-1, was downregulated in MDCK cells exogenously expressing Snail(More)
E-cadherin is a member of the cadherin family of Ca2+-dependent cell-cell adhesion molecules. E-cadherin associates with beta-catenin at the membrane-distal region of its cytosolic domain and with p120 at the membrane-proximal region of its cytoplasmic domain. It has been shown that a pool of cell surface E-cadherin is constitutively internalized and(More)
Snail, a transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin expression, plays a role in the process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition. However, the molecular basis of the role of snail in epithelial-mesenchymal transition has not been fully clarified. Here we show that the expression of snail in epithelial Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) and A431 cells enhances(More)
CD151, a member of the tetraspanin family proteins, tightly associates with integrin alpha3beta1 and localizes at basolateral surfaces of epithelial cells. We found that overexpression of CD151 in A431 cells accelerated intercellular adhesion, whereas treatment of cells with anti-CD151 mAb perturbed the integrity of cortical actin filaments and cell(More)
Cadherins are transmembrane glycoproteins involved in Ca(2+)-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Using L cells coexpressing E-cadherin constructs with different epitope tags, we examined the lateral dimerization of E-cadherin and its adhesive activity by co-immunoprecipitation and aggregation assays, respectively. Although the transmembrane domain is required for(More)
Cadherin trafficking controls tissue morphogenesis and cell polarity. The endocytic adaptor Numb participates in apicobasal polarity by acting on intercellular adhesions in epithelial cells. However, it remains largely unknown how Numb controls cadherin-based adhesion. Here, we found that Numb directly interacted with p120 catenin (p120), which is known to(More)
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a key process in the tumor metastatic cascade, is characterized by the loss of cell-cell junctions and cell polarity as well as the acquisition of migratory and invasive properties. However, the precise molecular events that initiate this complex EMT process are poorly understood. Snail is a regulator of EMT that(More)
Cadherins are transmembrane glycoproteins involved in Ca2+-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Using L cells expressing one of three functional E-cadherin constructs, the wild-type, a chimeric molecule with alpha-catenin (EalphaC), and a tail-less one, we determined the effect of v-Src expression on E-cadherin-mediated adhesion. The aggregation of L cells(More)