Fibronectin is a cell-adhesive protein comprised of three types of repeating homologous sequences, I, II, and III (Petersen, T. E., Thøgersen, H. C., Skorstengaard, K., Vibe-Pedersen, K., Sahl, P., Sottrup-Jensen, L., and Magnusson, S. (1983) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 80, 137-141). The amino-terminal portion of fibronectin is comprised of five type I modules and mediates assembly of dimeric soluble fibronectin into insoluble fibrils by cultured fibroblasts, binding and cross-linking of fibronectin to Staphylococcus aureus, and binding and cross-linking of fibronectin to fibrin. It is not known whether these binding activities require individual type I modules, several modules, or all five modules. To answer this question, we generated recombinant truncated fibronectin molecules with deletions of or mutations in the amino-terminal type I modules. Binding to cellular fibronectin assembly sites and S, aureus required all five type I modules. In contrast, proteins with deletions of type I modules interacted well with fibrin.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - 1991|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology