Common junctional plaque protein. The membrane- associated plaques are architectural elements in an important strategic position to influence the arrangement and function of both the cytoskeleton and the cells within the tissue. The presence of plakoglobin in both the desmosomes and in the intermediate junctions suggests that it plays a central role in the structure and function of submembranous plaques. Acts as a substrate for VE-PTP and is required by it to stimulate VE- cadherin function in endothelial cells. Can replace beta-catenin in E-cadherin/catenin adhesion complexes which are proposed to couple cadherins to the actin cytoskeleton. Homodimer. Component of an E-cadherin/ catenin adhesion complex composed of at least E-cadherin/CDH1 and gamma- catenin/JUP, and possibly alpha-catenin/CTNNA1; the complex is located to adherens junctions. The stable association of CTNNA1 is controversial as CTNNA1 was shown not to bind to F-actin when assembled in the complex. Interacts with MUC1. Interacts with CAV1. Interacts with PTPRJ. Interacts with DSC2. Belongs to the beta-catenin family. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Cytoskeletal protein; Motility/polarity/chemotaxis
Molecular Function: protein binding; cadherin binding; transcription coactivator activity; structural molecule activity; protein phosphatase binding; protein kinase binding; alpha-catenin binding
Biological Process: skin development; nervous system development; cell migration; cytoskeletal anchoring; protein heterooligomerization; detection of mechanical stimulus; cell morphogenesis; gastrulation; regulation of cell proliferation; cell-cell adhesion; morphogenesis of embryonic epithelium; positive regulation of protein import into nucleus; ectoderm development; positive regulation of transcription factor activity; positive regulation of transcription from RNA polymerase II promoter; cell adhesion; oocyte development
SS: The number of records in which this modification site was determined using site-specific methods. SS methods include amino acid sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, modification site-specific antibodies, specific MS strategies, etc.