Aquaporin CHIP, a 28 kDa channel forming protein, has been proposed to function as water channel in both erythrocyte and kidney proximal tubule. Recently, we have reported that in frog urinary bladder, a model of the kidney collecting tubule, polyclonal antibodies against human erythrocyte CHIP recognize and immunoprecipitate a 30 kDa protein from the epithelial cell homogenate. In the present work confocal fluorescence microscopy was used to determine the cellular and subcellular localization of CHIP28-like proteins in the urinary epithelium. A clear labeling of the apical border was found after Triton X-100 permeabilization. The labeling was distributed throughout the apical domain and not restricted to specific domains of the membrane. The staining was also present in the deeper confocal sections where the fluorescence seems to be localized at the cellular contour. No difference in the labeling patterns was observed between resting and ADH-treated bladder. Specificity of the staining was confirmed by the absence of the labeling pattern when antiserum was preadsorbed on CHIP28 protein immobilized on Immobilon P stripes. Our results suggest that CHIP-like proteins are not proteins inserted in the apical membrane during the antidiuretic response. Moreover, we do not know whether the labeling was due to the presence of CHIP28 itself or an as-yet-unidentified protein sharing immunological analogies with aquaporin CHIP.
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|Titolo:||Aquaporin-CHIP-related protein in frog urinary bladder: localization by confocal microscopy.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1995|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|