Expression of newly identified secretory CEACAM1a isoforms in the intestinal epithelium

Kazutaka Terahara, Masato Yoshida, Fumihiro Taguchi, Osamu Igarashi, Tomonori Nochi, Yoshiyuki Gotoh, Takuya Yamamoto, Yasuko Tsunetsugu-Yokota, Nicole Beauchemin, Hiroshi Kiyono

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Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) regulates intestinal immunological homeostasis. However, precise expression patterns of CEACAM1 isoforms remain poorly understood in the intestinal epithelia. Focusing on the small intestinal epithelium of BALB/c mice, we identified three novel splice variants encoding CEACAM1a-2, -2C1, and -4C1 by RT-PCR. CEACAM1a-2, -2C1, and -4C1 demonstrated secretory properties by transfection experiments in vitro. Among them, CEACAM1a-4C1 was the major secreted isoform in vivo due to the soluble/secreted CEACAM1a with a frameshift sequence in the C-terminus, specific for CEACAM1a-2C1 and -4C1. CEACAM1a-4C1 was capable of binding murine hepatitis virus (MHV) and was detected at approximately 120 kDa in the small intestinal secretions. Neutralizing effects of the soluble CEACAM1a on MHV infectivity in vitro were demonstrated by using recombinant CEACAM1a-4C1. Our data suggest an intrinsic mechanism operated by free CEACAM1 for surveillance of pathogens and maintenance of homeostasis in the intestine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-346
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun 5
Externally publishedYes


  • Epithelium
  • Intestine
  • MHV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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