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Growth Factors. 1992;7(4):289-96.

Interaction of heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF) with the epidermal growth factor receptor: modulation by heparin, heparinase, or synthetic heparin-binding HB-EGF fragments.

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Department of Surgery, Ohio State University, Columbus.


The binding of heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF) to the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor of human endometrial carcinoma cells was compared to that of EGF using an 125I-EGF radioreceptor assay. The inhibitory effect of HB-EGF on 125I-EGF binding was reversed either in the presence of heparin (but not by chondroitin sulfate) or by pre-treating the cells with heparinase. These treatments did not affect the binding of EGF to its receptor. To map potential regions in the HB-EGF molecule that mediate its heparin-dependent interaction with the EGF receptor, HB-EGF peptides were synthesized that were non-homologous to EGF. Accordingly residues 20-25 and 36-41, but not residues 8-19, of HB-EGF were found to be (i) heparin-binding and (ii) modulators of HB-EGF (but not of EGF) binding to the EGF receptor.

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