Protein 4.1G is a membrane skeletal protein found in specific subcellular structures in myelinated Schwann cells and seminiferous tubules. Here, we show that in the mouse sciatic nerve, protein 4.1G colocalized at Schmidt-Lanterman incisures (SLI) and the paranodes with a member of the membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) family, membrane protein palmitoylated 6 (MPP6). Coimmunoprecipitation experiments revealed that MPP6 was interacting with protein 4.1G. In contrast to wild-type nerves, in 4.1G knockout mice, MPP6 was found largely in the cytoplasm near Schwann cell nuclei, indicating an abnormal protein transport. Although the SLI remained in the 4.1G knockout sciatic nerves, as confirmed by E-cadherin immunostaining, their shape was altered in aged 4.1G knockout nerves compared to their shape in wild-type nerves. In the seminiferous tubules, MPP6 was localized similarly to protein 4.1G along cell membranes of the spermatogonium and early spermatocytes. However, in contrast to myelinated peripheral nerves, the specific localization of MPP6 in the seminiferous tubules was unaltered in the absence of protein 4.1G. These results indicate that 4.1G has a specific role in the targeting of MPP6 to the SLI and the assembly of these subcellular structures.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology