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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1989 Dec;86(23):9323-6.

Identification and characterization of receptors for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor on human placenta and trophoblastic cells.

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Third Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Japan.


Since radioiodination of human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is difficult, we synthesized a mutein of human G-CSF that retains full biological activity and receptor-binding capacity for at least 2 weeks after radioiodination. Receptors for human G-CSF were characterized in the plasma membrane fraction from the human term placenta (human placental membranes) and trophoblastic cells by using the 125I-labeled mutein of human G-CSF (KW-2228). The specific binding of 125I-labeled KW-2228 to placental membranes was pH-dependent, with maximal specific binding at pH 7.8; it increased linearly with protein to 3.7 mg of protein per ml and was both time- and temperature-dependent, with maximal binding at 4 degrees C after a 24-hr incubation. When we examined the ability of hematopoietic growth factors to inhibit 125I-labeled KW-2228 binding, we found that KW-2228 and intact human G-CSF inhibited 125I-labeled KW-2228 binding, whereas erythropoietin or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor did not. Scatchard analysis revealed a single receptor type with a Bmax of 210 fmol/mg of protein and a Kd of 480 pM. The human G-CSF receptors on human placental membranes were shown to consist of two molecular species of 150 kDa and 120 kDa that could be specifically cross-linked to 125I-labeled KW-2228. Human trophoblastic cells, T3M-3, also possessed a single receptor for G-CSF with a Bmax of 533 receptors per cell and a Kd of 390 pM. Thus we have identified the receptor for human G-CSF on human placental membranes and trophoblastic cells, and the presence of this receptor in these membranes suggests that human G-CSF plays some role in the feto-placental unit during human development.

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