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      Plasmin-Sensitive Dibasic Sequences in the Third Fibronectin-like Domain of L1–Cell Adhesion Molecule (Cam) Facilitate Homomultimerization and Concomitant Integrin Recruitment

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          L1 is a multidomain transmembrane neural recognition molecule essential for neurohistogenesis. While moieties in the immunoglobulin-like domains of L1 have been implicated in both heterophilic and homophilic binding, the function of the fibronectin (FN)-like repeats remains largely unresolved. Here, we demonstrate that the third FN-like repeat of L1 (FN3) spontaneously homomultimerizes to form trimeric and higher order complexes. Remarkably, these complexes support direct RGD-independent interactions with several integrins, including α vβ 3 and α 5β 1. A pep- tide derived from the putative C-C′ loop of FN3 (GSQRKHSKRHIHKDHV 852) also forms trimeric complexes and supports α vβ 3 and α 5β 1 binding. Substitution of the dibasic RK 841 and KR 845 sequences within this peptide or the FN3 domain limited multimerization and abrogated integrin binding. Evidence is presented that the multimerization of, and integrin binding to, the FN3 domain is regulated both by conformational constraints imposed by other domains and by plasmin- mediated cleavage within the sequence RK HSK RH 846. The integrin α 9β 1, which also recognizes the FN3 domain, colocalizes with L1 in a manner restricted to sites of cell–cell contact. We propose that distal receptor ligation events at the cell–cell interface may induce a conformational change within the L1 ectodomain that culminates in receptor multimerization and integrin recruitment via interaction with the FN3 domain.

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              Neural adhesion molecule L1 as a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily with binding domains similar to fibronectin.

               D Teplow,  M Moos,  H Scherer (1988)
              Diverse glycoproteins of cell surfaces and extracellular matrices operationally termed 'adhesion molecules' are important in the specification of cell interactions during development, maintenance and regeneration of the nervous system. These adhesion molecules have distinct functions involving different cells at different developmental stages, but may cooperate when expressed together. Families of adhesion molecules which share common carbohydrate domains do exist, despite the structural and functional diversity of these glycoproteins. These include the Ca2+-independent neural adhesion molecules: N-CAM, myelin associated glycoprotein (MAG) and L1. L1 is involved in neuron-neuron adhesion, neurite fasciculation, outgrowth of neurites, cerebellar granule cell migration, neurite outgrowth on Schwann cells and interactions among epithelial cells of intestinal crypts. We show here that in addition to sharing carbohydrate epitopes with N-CAM and MAG, L1 is also a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily. It contains six C2 domains and also shares three type III domains with the extracellular matrix adhesion molecule fibronectin.

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                J Cell Biol
                The Journal of Cell Biology
                The Rockefeller University Press
                26 June 2000
                : 149
                : 7
                : 1485-1502
                [a ]Department of Pediatrics, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California 92037
                [b ]Department of Immunology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California 92037
                [c ]Lung Biology Center, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Cardiovascular Research Institute,
                [d ]Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California 94080
                © 2000 The Rockefeller University Press
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                Cell biology

                α5β1, α9β1, heterophilic ligation, melanoma, αvβ3, neural cam


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