The protein encoded by this gene is a component of desmosomes and of the epidermal cornified envelope in keratinocytes. The N-terminal domain of this protein interacts with the plasma membrane and its C-terminus interacts with intermediate filaments. Through its rod domain, this protein forms complexes with envoplakin. This protein may serve as a link between the cornified envelope and desmosomes as well as intermediate filaments. AKT1/PKB, a protein kinase mediating a variety of cell growth and survival signaling processes, is reported to interact with this protein, suggesting a possible role for this protein as a localization signal in AKT1-mediated signaling.
Protein Aliases: DAP kinase 3; DAP-like kinase; DAP3K; death-associated kinase 3; Death-associated like kinase; Death-associated protein kinase 3; Dlk; MYPT1 kinase; ZIP kinase; ZIP kinase isoform; ZIP-kinase; Zipper-interacting protein kinase
Gene Aliases: DAPK3; Dapkl; DLK; ZIP; ZIPK
Molecular Function: non-receptor serine/threonine protein kinase