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Scand J Immunol. 1991 May;33(5):521-32.

Inhibition of human natural killer cell activity by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF). III. Membrane binding studies and differential biological effect of recombinant PDGF isoforms.

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Department of Pathology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, California 90027.


We have previously reported that platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) substantially inhibits human natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity, and that NK cells possess high-affinity surface binding sites for the PDGF-AB isoform. In this communication, we present direct evidence for the presence of A-type (alpha) PDGF receptors on human NK cells by demonstrating that human NK cells have approximately 150,000 high-affinity, surface binding sites for recombinant (r)PDGF-AA and approximately 300,000 high-affinity, surface binding sites for rPDGF-BB. This was determined by the competitive binding of 125I-labelled rPDGF-AA or 125I-labelled rPDGF-BB and homologous unlabelled rPDGF-AA or rPDGF-BB to FACS-sorted, CD16+ lymphoid (NK) cells, and Scatchard analysis of these data. In addition, we also demonstrate that the various isoforms of PDGF have differential effects on NK-cell cytotoxicity. Physiological quantities (100 ng/ml) of rPDGF-BB homodimers, highly purified PDGF-AB heterodimers from outdated platelets, and rPDGF-AB heterodimers substantially inhibited NK-cell cytotoxicity in both a dose- and time-dependent manner. In contrast, pretreatment of NK cells with equivalent nanogram amounts of rPDGF-AA homodimers resulted in a significantly weaker inhibitory effect on NK-cell cytotoxicity as compared with the PDGF-BB and PDGF-AB isoforms. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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