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J Cell Sci. 2000 Jun;113 ( Pt 11):1871-82.

Transmembrane-4-superfamily proteins CD151 and CD81 associate with alpha 3 beta 1 integrin, and selectively contribute to alpha 3 beta 1-dependent neurite outgrowth.

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Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Proteins in the transmembrane-4-superfamily (TM4SF) form many different complexes with proteins in the integrin family, but the functional utility of these complexes has not yet been demonstrated. Here we show that TM4SF proteins CD151, CD81, and CD63 co-distribute with alpha3beta1 integrin on neurites and growth cones of human NT2N cells. Also, stable CD151-alpha3beta1 and CD81-alpha3beta1 complexes were recovered in NT2N detergent lysates. Total NT2N neurite outgrowth on laminin-5 (a ligand for alpha3beta1 integrin) was strongly inhibited by anti-CD151 and -CD81 antibodies either together ( approximately 85% inhibition) or alone ( approximately 45% inhibition). Notably, these antibodies had no inhibitory effect on NT2N neurites formed on laminin-1 or fibronectin, when alpha3beta1integrin was not engaged. Neurite number, length, and rate of extension were all affected by anti-TM4SF antibodies. In summary: (1) these substrate-dependent inhibition results strongly suggest that CD151 and CD81 associations with alpha3beta1 are functionally relevant, (2) TM4SF proteins CD151 and CD81 make a strong positive contribution toward neurite number, length, and rate of outgrowth, and (3) NT2N cells, a well-established model of immature central nervous system neurons, can be a powerful system for studies of integrin function in neurite outgrowth and growth cone motility.

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