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J Biol Chem. 1996 Dec 20;271(51):33116-22.

Identification and characterization of CD39/vascular ATP diphosphohydrolase.

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  • 1Sandoz Center for Immunobiology, New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


Vascular ATP diphosphohydrolase (ATPDase) is a plasma membrane-bound enzyme that hydrolyses extracellular ATP and ADP to AMP. Analysis of amino acid sequences available from various mammalian and avian ATPDases revealed their close homology with CD39, a putative B-cell activation marker. We, therefore, isolated CD39 cDNA from human endothelial cells and expressed this in COS-7 cells. CD39 was found to have both immunological identity to, and functional characteristics of, the vascular ATPDase. We also demonstrated that ATPDase could inhibit platelet aggregation in response to ADP, collagen, and thrombin, and that this activity in transfected COS-7 cells was lost following exposure to oxidative stress. ATPDase mRNA was present in human placenta, lung, skeletal muscle, kidney, and heart and was not detected in brain. Multiple RNA bands were detected with the CD39 cDNA probe that most probably represent different splicing products. Finally, we identified an unique conserved motif, DLGGASTQ, that could be crucial for nucleotide binding, activity, and/or structure of ATPDase. Because ATPDase activity is lost with endothelial cell activation, overexpression of the functional enzyme, or a truncated mutant thereof, may prevent platelet activation associated with vascular inflammation.

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