A single EGF-like motif of laminin is responsible for high affinity nidogen binding

U Mayer, R Nischt, E Pöschl, K Mann, K Fukuda, M Gerl, Y Yamada, R Timpl

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A major nidogen binding site of mouse laminin was previously localized to about three EGF-like repeats (Nos 3-5) of its B2 chain domain III [M. Gerl et al. (1991) Eur. J. Biochem., 202, 167]. The corresponding cDNA was amplified by polymerase chain reaction and inserted into a eukaryotic expression vector tagged with a signal peptide. Stably transfected human kidney cell clones were shown to process and secrete the resulting fragment B2III3-5 in substantial quantities. It possessed high binding activity for recombinant nidogen in ligand assays, with an affinity comparable with that of authentic laminin fragments. In addition, complexes of B2III3-5 and nidogen could be efficiently converted into a covalent complex by cross-linking reagents. Proteolytic degradation of the covalent complex demonstrated the association of B2III3-5 with a approximately 80 residue segment of nidogen domain G3 to which laminin binding has previously been attributed. The correct formation of most of the 12 disulfide bridges in B2III3-5 was indicated from its protease resistance and the complete loss of cross-reacting epitopes as well as of nidogen-binding activity after reduction and alkylation. Smaller fragments were prepared by the same recombinant procedure and showed that combinations of EGF-like repeats 3-4 and 4-5 and the single repeat 4 but not repeats 3 or 5 possess full nidogen-binding activity. This identifies repeat 4 as the only binding structure. The sequence of repeat 4 is well conserved in the human and in part in the Drosophila laminin B2 chain.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1879-1885
Number of pages7
JournalThe EMBO Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1993


  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antibodies
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • Epidermal Growth Factor
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Laminin
  • Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides
  • Peptide Fragments
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Conformation
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Transfection

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