Plays a major role in tight junction-specific obliteration of the intercellular space, through calcium- independent cell-adhesion activity. Defects in CLDN14 are the cause of deafness autosomal recessive type 29 (DFNB29). DFNB29 is a form of sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural deafness results from damage to the neural receptors of the inner ear, the nerve pathways to the brain, or the area of the brain that receives sound information. Belongs to the claudin family. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Cell adhesion; Membrane protein, integral; Membrane protein, multi-pass