Multiple discontinuous ligand-mimetic antibody binding sites define a ligand binding pocket in integrin α(IIb)β3

Wilma Puzon-McLaughlin, Tetsuji Kamata, Yoshikazu Takada

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Integrin α(IIb)β3, a platelet fibrinogen receptor, is critically involved in thrombosis and hemostasis. However, how ligands interact with α(IIb)β3 has been controversial. Ligand-mimetic anti-α(IIb)β3 antibodies (PAC-1, LJ-CP3, and OP-G2) contain the RGD-like RYD sequence in their CDR3 in the heavy chain and have structural and functional similarities to native ligands. We have located binding sites for ligand-mimetic antibodies in α(IIb) and β3 using human-to-mouse chimeras, which we expect to maintain functional integrity of α(IIb)β3. Here we report that these antibodies recognize several discontinuous binding sites in both the α(IIb) and β3 subunits; these binding sites are located in residues 156-162 and 229230 of α(IIb) and residues 179-183 of β3. In contrast, several nonligand-mimetic antibodies (e.g. 7E3) recognize single epitopes in either subunit. Thus, binding to several discontinuous sites in both subunits is unique to ligand-mimetic antibodies. Interestingly, these binding sites overlap with several (but not all) of the sequences that have been reported to be critical for fibrinogen binding (e.g. N-terminal repeats 2-3 but not repeats 4-7, of a(IIb)). These results suggest that ligand-mimetic antibodies and probably native ligands may make direct contact with these discontinuous binding sites in both subunits, which may constitute a ligand-binding pocket.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7795-7802
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Mar 17
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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