Platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) and its interactions with glycosaminoglycans: 2. Biochemical analyses

Coombe, D. R., Stevenson, S. M., Kinnear, B. F., Gandhi, Neha S., Mancera, R. L., Osmond, R. I. W., & Kett, W. C. (2008) Platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) and its interactions with glycosaminoglycans: 2. Biochemical analyses. Biochemistry, 47(17), pp. 4863-4875.

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Platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) (CD31), a member of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily of cell adhesion molecules with six Ig-like domains, has a range of functions, notably its contributions to leukocyte extravasation during inflammation and in maintaining vascular endothelial integrity. Although PECAM-1 is known to mediate cell adhesion by homophilic binding via domain 1, a number of PECAM-1 heterophilic ligands have been proposed. Here, the possibility that heparin and heparan sulfate (HS) are ligands for PECAM-1 was reinvestigated. The extracellular domain of PECAM-1 was expressed first as a fusion protein with the Fc region of human IgG1 fused to domain 6 and second with an N-terminal Flag tag on domain 1 (Flag-PECAM-1). Both proteins bound heparin immobilized on a biosensor chip in surface plasmon resonance (SPR) binding experiments. Binding was pH-sensitive but is easily measured at slightly acidic pH. A series of PECAM-1 domain deletions, prepared in both expression systems, were tested for heparin binding. This revealed that the main heparin-binding site required both domains 2 and 3. Flag-PECAM-1 and a Flag protein containing domains 1-3 bound HS on melanoma cell surfaces, but a Flag protein containing domains 1-2 did not. Heparin oligosaccharides inhibited Flag-PECAM-1 from binding immobilized heparin, with certain structures having greater inhibitory activity than others. Molecular modeling similarly identified the junction of domains 2 and 3 as the heparin-binding site and further revealed the importance of the iduronic acid conformation for binding. PECAM-1 does bind heparin/HS but by a site that is distinct from that required for homophilic binding.

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ID Code: 93823
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1021/bi7024595
ISSN: 0006-2960
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 American Chemical Society
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2016 00:52
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 23:52

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