An occludin-focal adhesion kinase protein complex at the blood-testis barrier: a study using the cadmium model.

@article{Siu2009AnOA,
  title={An occludin-focal adhesion kinase protein complex at the blood-testis barrier: a study using the cadmium model.},
  author={Erica Rosanna Siu and Elissa W. P. Wong and Dolores D. Mruk and Kit Ling Sze and Catarina Segreti Porto and C. Yan Cheng},
  journal={Endocrinology},
  year={2009},
  volume={150 7},
  pages={3336-44}
}
Several integral membrane proteins that constitute the blood-testis barrier (BTB) in mammalian testes, in particular rodents, are known to date. These include tight junction (TJ) proteins (e.g. occludin, junctional adhesion molecule-A, claudins), basal ectoplasmic specialization proteins (e.g. N-cadherin), and gap junction proteins (e.g. connexin43). However, the regulators (e.g. protein kinases and phosphatases) that affect these proteins, such as their interaction with the cytoskeletal actin… CONTINUE READING

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