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Cell. 1992 Jun 12;69(6):927-38.

An endothelial ligand for L-selectin is a novel mucin-like molecule.

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  • 1Department of Immunobiology, Genentech, Inc,, South San Francisco, California 94080.

Abstract

The adhesive interaction between circulating lymphocytes and the high endothelial venules (HEV) of lymph nodes (LN) is mediated by lymphocyte L-selectin, a member of the selectin family of cell adhesion proteins. Previous work has identified a sulfated 50 kd glycoprotein (Sgp50) as an HEV ligand for L-selectin. We now report the purification of this glycoprotein and the utilization of the derived N-terminal amino acid sequence to clone a cDNA. The predicted sequence reveals a novel, mucin-like molecule containing two serine/threonine-rich domains. The mRNA encoding this glycoprotein is preferentially expressed in LN. Antibodies against predicted peptides immunoprecipitate Sgp50 and stain the apical surface of LN HEV. These results thus define a tissue-specific mucin-like endothelial glycoprotein that appears to function as a scaffold that presents carbohydrates to the L-selectin lectin domain.

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1376638
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