Journal article

Chronic colitis due to an epithelial barrier defect: the role of kindlin-1 isoforms.

JS Kern, C Herz, E Haan, D Moore, S Nottelmann, T von Lilien, P Greiner, A Schmitt-Graeff, OG Opitz, L Bruckner-Tuderman, C Has

J Pathol | Published : 2007


Kindlin-1 is an epithelium-specific phosphoprotein and focal adhesion adaptor component. Mutations in the corresponding gene (KIND1) cause Kindler syndrome (KS), which is manifested by skin blistering, poikiloderma, photosensitivity and carcinogenesis. Some patients also exhibit gastrointestinal symptoms, but it has remained unclear whether these represent a feature of Kindler syndrome or a coincidence. We examined kindlin-1 in human gastrointestinal epithelia and showed that it is involved in the aetiopathology of Kindler syndrome-associated colitis. Kindlin-1 expression was assessed by indirect immunofluorescence, western blot and RT-PCR. Kindlin-1 is expressed in oral mucosa, colon and re..

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