Claudin proteins are a family of proteins associated with tight junctions. Tight junctions are specialized regions of cell to cell contact; made up of network of strands to act as a molecular gasket for preventing the leakage of ions, water etc. between cells. They are abundant in luminal epithelial sheets where they maintain epithelial cell polarity. Different tissues exhibit different Claudin composition.
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Protein Aliases: AWAL; Brain endothelial cell clone 1 protein; Claudin-5; CPETRL1; Lung-specific membrane protein; TMDVCF; TMVCF; Transmembrane protein deleted in VCFS; transmembrane protein deleted in velocardiofacial syndrome
Gene Aliases: AI854493; AWAL; BEC1; CLDN5; CPETRL1; MBEC1; TMVCF