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Br J Cancer. 2000 Jun;82(11):1808-13.

Human tumour-associated cell adhesion protein MN/CA IX: identification of M75 epitope and of the region mediating cell adhesion.

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Institute of Molecular Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague.


MN/CA IX is a cell surface protein, strongly associated with several types of human carcinomas. It exerts activity of carbonic anhydrase and capacity of binding to cell surface receptors. In the present work, we used affinity purified MN/CA IX protein to demonstrate that the cells adhere to immobilized MN/CA IX and that the monoclonal antibody M75 abrogates cell attachment to MN/CA IX. Using synthetic oligopeptides, we identified M75 epitope and located it in the proteoglycan domain, which contains a sixfold tandem repeat of six amino acids GEEDLP. From phage display library of random heptapeptides we identified and chemically synthesized those which compete for the epitope with M75 and inhibit adhesion of cells to MN/CA IX. These heptapeptides might serve as lead compounds for drug design.

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