FAM83H and casein kinase I regulate the organization of the keratin cytoskeleton and formation of desmosomes

Sci Rep. 2016 May 25;6:26557. doi: 10.1038/srep26557.


FAM83H is essential for the formation of dental enamel because a mutation in the FAM83H gene causes amelogenesis imperfecta (AI). We previously reported that the overexpression of FAM83H often occurs and disorganizes the keratin cytoskeleton in colorectal cancer cells. We herein show that FAM83H regulates the organization of the keratin cytoskeleton and maintains the formation of desmosomes in ameloblastoma cells. FAM83H is expressed and localized on keratin filaments in human ameloblastoma cell lines and in mouse ameloblasts and epidermal germinative cells in vivo. FAM83H shows preferential localization to keratin filaments around the nucleus that often extend to cell-cell junctions. Alterations in the function of FAM83H by its overexpression, knockdown, or an AI-causing truncated mutant prevent the proper organization of the keratin cytoskeleton in ameloblastoma cells. Furthermore, the AI-causing mutant prevents desmosomal proteins from being localized to cell-cell junctions. The effects of the AI-causing mutant depend on its binding to and possible inhibition of casein kinase I (CK-1). The suppression of CK-1 by its inhibitor, D4476, disorganizes the keratin cytoskeleton. Our results suggest that AI caused by the FAM83H mutation is mediated by the disorganization of the keratin cytoskeleton and subsequent disruption of desmosomes in ameloblasts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ameloblasts / metabolism*
  • Ameloblasts / pathology
  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta / genetics
  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta / metabolism*
  • Amelogenesis Imperfecta / pathology
  • Casein Kinase I / genetics
  • Casein Kinase I / metabolism*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cytoskeleton / genetics
  • Cytoskeleton / metabolism*
  • Desmosomes / genetics
  • Desmosomes / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Keratins / genetics
  • Keratins / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / metabolism*


  • FAM83H protein, human
  • Proteins
  • Keratins
  • Casein Kinase I