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In previous studies we have shown that protein kinase inhibitors and extracellular calcium can affect dramatically the assembly of tight junctions (TJ) and the localization of the TJ protein cingulin at sites of cell-cell contact in renal epithelial (MDCK) cells. To characterize in more detail the relationships between kinase activity and junction(More)
The protein kinase inhibitor H-7 prevents the assembly of tight junctions in cultured Madin Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells (Balda et al. (1991) J. Membr. Biol. 122, 193-202; Nigam et al. (1991) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 181, 548-553); however, its mechanism of action is unknown. To understand the basis of the activity of H-7 and other(More)
We have explored the effect of the protein kinase inhibitor H7 on tight junction formation in a MDCK cell model for the development of cell-cell contact, tight junctions and epithelial polarity: the "Ca++ switch" model. In this developmental model, which is thought to mimic processes during the early morphogenesis of epithelial tissues, the protein kinase(More)
The protein kinase inhibitor H-7 has been shown to block junction dissociation induced by low extracellular calcium in Madin Darby canine kidney epithelial cells (S. Citi, J. Cell Biol. (1992) 117, 169-178). To understand the basis of this effect, we have examined how H-7 affects the organization of junctions and the actin cytoskeleton in different types of(More)
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