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Durham University

Department of Biosciences


Publication details for Prof PJ Hussey

Wang, Pengwei, Hawes, Chris, Richardson, Christine & Hussey, Patrick J. (2018). Characterization of Proteins Localized to Plant ER-PM Contact Sites. In The Plant Endoplasmic Reticulum. Hawes, Chris & Kriechbaumer, Verena New York, NY: Humana Press. 1691: 23-31.

Author(s) from Durham


Like in most eukaryotic cells, the plant endoplasmic reticulum (ER) network is physically linked to the plasma membrane (PM), forming ER-PM contact sites (EPCS). The protein complex required for maintaining the EPCS is composed of ER integral membrane proteins (e.g., VAP27, synaptotagmins), PM-associated proteins (e.g., NET3C), and the cytoskeleton. Here, we describe methods for identifying possible EPCS-associated proteins. These include GFP-tagged protein expression followed by image analysis, and immuno-gold labeling at the ultrastructural level. In combination, these methods can be used to identify the localization of putative EPCS proteins as well as used to postulate their subcellular function.