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FEBS Lett. 1997 Jan 13;401(1):43-8.

Aggregation of PDGF-beta receptors in human skin fibroblasts: characterization by image correlation spectroscopy (ICS).

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Department of Chemistry, the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.


Receptor aggregation is believed to be an important, early step when growth factors such as PDGF stimulate proliferation and differentiation of cell populations. To investigate receptor aggregation, we utilized a novel biophysical technique, image correlation spectroscopy, to study the distribution and aggregation state of PDGF-beta receptors on the surface of human dermal fibroblasts under various experimental conditions. It was found that the cell surface receptors were pre-clustered at 4 degrees C and receptor aggregation increased for samples measured at 37 degrees C. Treatment with PDGF-BB had no measurable effect on the receptor aggregation state. The results also indicate that additions of 10% serum or an inhibitor of tyrosine kinase activity, may disperse the receptors. The results of this study are consistent with organization of PDGF-beta receptors in pre-existing membrane domains.

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