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FEBS Lett. 2001 Dec 7;509(2):181-5.

Domain IVa of laminin alpha5 chain is cell-adhesive and binds beta1 and alphaVbeta3 integrins through Arg-Gly-Asp.

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Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Am Klopferspitz 18a, D-82152, Martinsried, Germany.


The globular domain IVa from the short arm region of mouse laminin alpha5 chain was obtained by recombinant production and shown to be a cell-adhesive substrate and to bind alphaVbeta3 integrin in solid-phase assays. These interactions were blocked by RGD peptides and a restricted panel of anti-integrin antibodies. The two RGD sequences present in alpha5IVa were shown by site-directed mutagenesis to make different contributions to cell adhesion but were equivalent in binding alphaVbeta3 integrin. A quantitative radioimmuno-inhibition assay was established based on domain alpha5IVa which demonstrated distinct amounts of alpha5 chain in various tissues, particularly in vessel walls. There it could play a role in angiogenesis steps requiring RGD-dependent integrins.

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