RGD-CAP (βig-h3) enhances the spreading of chondrocytes and fibroblasts via integrin α1β1

Shigeru Ohno, Mitsuhide Noshiro, Seicho Makihira, Takeshi Kawamoto, Ming Shen, Weiqun Yan, Yoshie Kawashima-Ohya, Katsumi Fujimoto, Kazuo Tanne, Yukio Kato

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In previous studies, RGD-CAP (collagen-associated protein containing the RGD sequence) isolated from a collagen fiber-rich fraction of pig cartilage was found to be orthologous to human βig-h3, which is synthesized by lung adenocarcinoma cells in response to transforming growth factor-β. In the present study, we examined the effect of recombinant chick RGD-CAP on the spreading of chondrocytes and fibroblasts using RGD-CAP-coated dishes. When rabbit articular chondrocytes, chick embryonic sternal chondrocytes, rabbit peritoneal fibroblasts or human MRC5 fibroblasts were seeded on plastic dishes coated with RGD-CAP, cell spreading was enhanced compared with that on control dishes (bovine serum albumin- or β-galactosidase-coated dishes). The effect of RGD-CAP on the cell spreading required divalent cations (Mg2+ or Mn2+), and was reduced by EDTA. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to the human integrin α1 or β1 subunit, but not to the α2, α3, α5 or β2 subunits, suppressed the RGD-CAP-induced spreading of human MRC5 fibroblasts. In a parallel experiment, the mAb to the α5 subunit, but not the mAb to the α1 subunit, suppressed fibronectin-induced spreading of these cells. These findings suggest that RGD-CAP is a novel ligand for integrin α1β1 that dose not bind to the RGD motif. Accordingly, an RGD-CAP fragment, which carries a deletion in the C-terminal region containing the RGD motif, was still capable of stimulating cell spreading. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-205
Number of pages10
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 12 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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