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J Biol Chem. 1988 Dec 25;263(36):19433-6.

Identification of a bone sialoprotein receptor in osteosarcoma cells.

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  • 1Department of Physiological Chemistry, University of Lund, Sweden.


Bone sialoprotein (BSP) is an extracellular matrix glycoprotein associated with the mineral bone matrix. The amino acid sequence of BSP contains an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) sequence which confers to the protein cell binding properties (Oldberg, A., Franzén, A., and Heinegård, D. (1988) J. Biol. Chem. 263, 19430-19432). When BSP was used as an affinity matrix to isolate a cell surface receptor from rat osteosarcoma cells, a protein composed of polypeptides similar in size to those of a previously characterized vitronectin receptor was obtained. This putative BSP receptor, like the vitronectin receptor, bound also to an affinity matrix made of an RGD-containing heptapeptide. Moreover, similar patterns of inhibition of cell attachment to BSP and vitronectin was obtained with variant RGD-containing peptides, with BSP and with vitronectin. Finally, an anti-vitronectin receptor antiserum immunoprecipitated a receptor identical in size to the receptor bound to a BSP affinity matrix. These results show that BSP is recognized by an RGD-directed receptor and that both vitronectin and BSP can bind to this receptor.

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