Vinculin (VCL), a ubiquitously expressed actin-binding cytoskeletal protein, is involved with the cytoplasmic adhesion of cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix. It is composed of an N-terminal globular head connected via a short polyproline-rich linker sequence to the C-terminal tail portion. An intramolecular association between the head and tail hides many ligand-binding sites in the protein.
Vinculin recombinant protein epitope signature tag (PrEST)
All Prestige Antibodies Powered by Atlas Antibodies are developed and validated by the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) project and as a result, are supported by the most extensive characterization in the industry.
The Human Protein Atlas project can be subdivided into three efforts: Human Tissue Atlas, Cancer Atlas, and Human Cell Atlas. The antibodies that have been generated in support of the Tissue and Cancer Atlas projects have been tested by immunohistochemistry against hundreds of normal and disease tissues and through the recent efforts of the Human Cell Atlas project, many have been characterized by immunofluorescence to map the human proteome not only at the tissue level but now at the subcellular level. These images and the collection of this vast data set can be viewed on the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) site by clicking on the Image Gallery link. We also provide Prestige Antibodies® protocols and other useful information.
VCL (vinculin), a regulator of cell adhesion, is localized at the cytoplasmic region of cell-matrix and cell-cell adhesions to regulate various biological processes, including embryogenesis, wound healing and maintenance of tissue integrity. It has the ability to suppress cell migration and can modulate signaling pathways involved in apoptosis. During cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix adhesion, VCL binds to the α-actinin, an F-actin bundling protein and talin. Upon binding, it stimulates the assembly of these specialized cellular junctions.
Features and Benefits
Prestige Antibodies® are highly characterized and extensively validated antibodies with the added benefit of all available characterization data for each target being accessible via the Human Protein Atlas portal linked just below the product name at the top of this page. The uniqueness and low cross-reactivity of the Prestige Antibodies® to other proteins are due to a thorough selection of antigen regions, affinity purification, and stringent selection. Prestige antigen controls are available for every corresponding Prestige Antibody and can be found in the linkage section.
Every Prestige Antibody is tested in the following ways:
- IHC tissue array of 44 normal human tissues and 20 of the most common cancer type tissues.
- Protein array of 364 human recombinant protein fragments.
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