Structural proteins of the dermal-epidermal junction targeted by autoantibodies in pemphigoid diseases

Stephanie Goletz, Detlef Zillikens, Enno Schmidt*

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The dermal-epidermal junction consists of a network of several interacting structural proteins that strengthen adhesion and mediate signalling events. This structural network consists of hemidesmosomal-anchoring filament complexes connecting the basal keratinocytes to the basement membrane. The anchoring filaments in turn interact with the anchoring fibrils to attach the basement membrane to the underlying dermis. Several of these structural proteins are recognized by autoantibodies in pemphigoid diseases, a heterogeneous group of clinically and immunopathologically diverse entities. Targeted proteins include the two intracellular plakins, plectin isoform 1a and BP230 (also called bullous pemphigoid antigen (BPAG) 1 isoform e (BPAG1e)). Plectin 1a and BP230 are connected to the intermediate filaments and to the cell surface receptor α6β4 integrin, which in turn is connected to laminin 332, a component of the anchoring filaments. Further essential adhesion proteins are BP180, a transmembrane protein, laminin γ1 and type VII collagen. Latter protein is the major constituent of the anchoring fibrils. Mutations in the corresponding genes of these adhesion molecules lead to inherited epidermolysis bullosa emphasizing the importance of these proteins for the integrity of the dermal-epidermal junction. This review will provide an overview on the structure and function of the proteins situated in the dermal-epidermal junction targeted by autoantibodies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalExperimental Dermatology
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1154-1162
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2017


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