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The alternative-splice isoforms of the PDGF A-chain differ in their ability to associate with the extracellular matrix and to bind heparin in vitro.
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    Journal article
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    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Pollock RA, Richardson WD
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    267, 277
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    Growth Factors
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    3T3 Cells, Animals, Cell Division, Cell Line, Chlorocebus aethiops, Extracellular Matrix, Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Gene Expression, Heparin, Immunosorbent Techniques, Kidney, Mice, Microscopy, Fluorescence, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor, RNA Splicing, RNA, Messenger, Transfection
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) consists of disulfide-linked homo- or heterodimers of A and B chains. mRNA encoding the A chain (PDGF-A) occurs in two versions that differ by the presence or absence of a single short exon. These alternatively-spliced mRNAs encode polypeptides that differ in length by fifteen amino acids. The longer isoform (PDGF-AL) possesses a highly basic carboxy-terminal extension that is responsible for retaining PDGF-AL homodomers at the cell surface after secretion, while homodimers of the shorter isoform (PDGF-AS) are released into the extracellular medium. We have investigated the mechanism by which PDGF-AL remains in association with the cells that produce it. We expressed epitope-tagged versions of PDGF-AL and PDGF-AS in Cos cells and compared their intra- and extracellular distributions by immunofluorescence microscopy. PDGF-AL, but not PDGF-AS, was detected on and around cells in a diffuse pattern suggesting associated with the extracellular matrix (ECM). Metabolically radiolabelled PDGF-AL, but not PDGF-AS, could be eluted from ECM preparations by washing in high salt. Moreover, PDGF-AL bound reversibly to heparin-Sepharose in vitro at physiological salt concentrations, eluting at a salt concentration around 0.5 M. PDGF-AS did not bind to heparin under the same conditions. Thus, PDGF dimers that contain PDGF-AL may remain immobilized near the cells that secrete them by virtue of binding to heparin-like constituents of the ECM.
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