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J Biol Chem. 1999 Jan 8;274(2):559-62.

Integrin-associated protein is a ligand for the P84 neural adhesion molecule.

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Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA.


P84 (also known as SHPS-1, BIT, and SIRP) is a heterophilic adhesive membrane protein involved in receptor tyrosine kinase signaling that is found at synapses in the mammalian central nervous system and in non-neural tissues. We have identified a binding partner for P84 using an expression cloning strategy. Here we report that integrin-associated protein (IAP/CD47) is a predominant binding partner of P84. Immunohistochemistry reveals a virtually identical distribution of P84 and IAP in a variety of adult brain regions. Because IAP has been implicated in cell signaling in cells of the immune system, P84 and IAP represent a heterophilic binding pair that is likely to be involved in bi-directional signaling at the synapse and in other tissues.

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