Phorbol ester- and calcium-induced reorganization of 180-kDa bullous pemphigoid antigen on the ventral surface of cultured human keratinocytes as studied by immunofluorescence and immunoelectron microscopy.

The hemidesmosome is an adhesion structure of the epidermal-dermal junction in keratinocytes. When keratinocytes migrate laterally or upward to differentiate, they must control the formation and disintegration of the hemidesmosomes. When keratinocytes are cultured in low-calcium (below 0.1 mM) medium, all cells behave like basal cells, adhere to the culture… CONTINUE READING