Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions between epithelial, myocardial, and certain other cell types. Currently, three desmoglein subfamily members have been identified and all are members of the cadherin cell adhesion molecule superfamily. These desmoglein gene family members are located in a cluster on chromosome 18. This protein has been identified as the autoantigen of the autoimmune skin blistering disease pemphigus vulgaris.
130-kD pemphigus vulgaris antigen; ARVC10; ARVD10; Cadherin family member 2; Cadherin family member 3; cadherin family member 5; cadherin family member 6; CDHF5; CDHF6; CMD1BB; Desmocollin-2; Desmocollin-3; Desmocollin-4; desmoglein-2; desmoglein-3; Desmosomal glycoprotein II; desmosomal glycoprotein II/III; Desmosomal glycoprotein III; HT-CP; pemphigus vulgaris antigen