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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1992 Apr 30;184(2):1048-55.

Comparison of L-selectin and E-selectin ligand specificities: the L-selectin can bind the E-selectin ligands sialyl Le(x) and sialyl Le(a).

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Department of Pathology, Stanford University, CA 94305.


The L- and E-selectins are leukocyte and endothelial cell surface molecules which mediate leukocyte-endothelial cell adhesion by interacting with carbohydrate ligands. In the present study we find that L-selectin, like E-selectin, can interact with synthetic neoglycoproteins containing Sialyl Le(x) (Neu5Ac alpha 2-3Gal beta 1-4[Fuc alpha 1-3]GlcNAc beta-R), or Sialyl Le(a) (Neu5Ac-alpha 2-3Gal beta 1-3[Fuc alpha 1-4]GlcNAc beta-R). Additionally, both the E-selectin and L-selectin can bind the peripheral lymph node addressin, a high endothelial venule ligand for L-selectin. Despite overlapping interactions, the L- and E-selectins discriminate between their native ligands. The peripheral lymph node addressin is a preferential ligand for L-selectin; and furthermore, L-selectin expressing cells do not interact detectably with the cutaneous lymphocyte antigen, a native glycoprotein ligand for E-selectin found on a subset of lymphocytes associated with the skin.

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