Identification and cornification-related gene expression of canine keratinocyte differentiation-associated protein, Kdap

H. Yagihara, Y. Terada, S. Sugimoto, F. Hidaka, O. Yamada, K. Ono, T. Washizu, K. Ariizumi, M. Bonkobara

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The outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, is cornified epithelial tissue composed of keratinocytes. To maintain the structure and function of the epidermis, the regulation of proliferation, differentiation, and cornification of keratinocytes is crucial, and various soluble factors secreted by keratinocytes are involved in these regulations. Previously, work has shown that keratinocytes secreted the protein Kdap (keratinocyte differentiation-associated protein) associated with the formation of cornified cell envelopes, a specialized protective barrier structure on the periphery of terminally differentiating keratinocytes. In the present report, the canine counterpart of human Kdap is identified and an attempt has been made to define its physiological role in canine keratinization. Canine Kdap (cKdap) showed structural features commonly observed in other counterparts and is secreted from transfected cells. The expression profile of cKdap mRNA, which was restrictively expressed in cornified epithelial tissues besides skin has also been determined. These findings indicate that there is a strong association between cKdap expression and cornification, which supports previous observations that Kdap is involved in the synthesis and/or degradation of cornified cell envelopes in humans and mice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Canine
  • Cornification
  • Kdap
  • Keratinocytes
  • cDNA cloning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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