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Oncogene. 2001 Jul 5;20(30):4101-6.

Differential activation of TRAIL-R1 and -2 by soluble and membrane TRAIL allows selective surface antigen-directed activation of TRAIL-R2 by a soluble TRAIL derivative.

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Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology, University of Stuttgart, Allmandring 31, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany.


TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a typical member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ligand family that is expressed as a type II membrane protein (memTRAIL) and signals apoptosis via the death domain-containing receptors TRAIL-R1 and -2. Soluble recombinant derivatives of TRAIL (sTRAIL) are considered as novel tumors therapeutics because of their selective apoptosis inducing activity in a variety of human tumors but not in normal cells. Using antagonistic antigen-binding fragment (Fab) preparations of TRAIL-R1- and TRAIL-R2-specific antibodies, we demonstrate in this study that TRAIL-R1 becomes activated by both the soluble and the membrane-bound form of the ligand, whereas TRAIL-R2 becomes only activated by memTRAIL or soluble TRAIL secondarily cross-linked by antibodies. Furthermore, we show that the restricted signal capacity of sTRAIL can be readily converted into a fully signal competent memTRAIL-like molecule, i.e. a TRAIL-R2 stimulating ligand, by genetic fusion to an antibody derivative that allows antigen-dependent 'immobilization' of the fusion protein to cell surfaces. We conclude that antibody targeting-dependent activation can be used to design selective therapeutics derived of those ligands of the TNF family that are biologically inactive in their soluble form.

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