Binding of NAP-22, a Calmodulin-Binding Neuronal Protein, to Raft-like Domains in Model Membranes Academic Article uri icon

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  • The cholesterol-binding protein NAP-22 is a major component of the detergent-insoluble low-density fraction of rat brain. In this study, we found, using fluorescence microscopy, that native NAP-22, but not a demyristoylated form, binds to cholesterol-rich raft-like domains in planar-supported monolayers and remains bound after nonionic detergent extraction. NAP-22 also protects the cholesterol-rich domains during extraction by methyl-beta-cyclodextrin. The lateral mobility of this protein is much lower than that of other raft components in model membranes, suggesting that both cholesterol binding and inter-NAP-22 interactions markedly reduce its lateral diffusion. This study suggests that NAP-22 binding may be employed to image cholesterol-rich regions, such as caveolae/rafts, on the plasma membrane of cells, and preliminary efforts in that direction are presented.


  • Khan, Tapan K
  • Yang, Bing
  • Thompson, Nancy L
  • Maekawa, Shohei
  • Epand, Richard
  • Jacobson, Ken

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  • May 1, 2003

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