Plectin is a large cytoskeletal linker protein with a multitude of functions affecting various cellular processes. It is expressed as several different isoforms from a highly complex gene. Both, this transcript diversity (mainly caused by short 5′-sequences contained in alternative first exons) and the size (> 500 kDa) of the resulting proteins, present considerable challenges to plectin researchers. In this chapter, we will consider these problems and offer advice on how to tackle them best. As plectin has been studied most extensively in skin and muscle, we will focus on these types of tissues and describe some selected methods in detail. Foremost, however, we aim to give the readers some good pointers to available tools and into the existing literature.
- Cytolinker proteins
- Protein isoforms
- Signaling scaffold
Rezniczek, G. A., Winter, L., Walko, G., & Wiche, G. (2016). Functional and Genetic Analysis of Plectin in Skin and Muscle. In Methods in Enzymology (Vol. 569, pp. 235-259). Elsevier Academic Press Inc. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.mie.2015.05.003