Pleiotrophin, a multifunctional cytokine and growth factor, induces leukocyte responses through the integrin Mac-1

Di Shen, Nataly P. Podolnikova, Valentin P. Yakubenko, Christopher L. Ardell, Arnat Balabiyev, Tatiana P. Ugarova, Xu Wang

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Pleiotrophin (PTN) is a multifunctional, cationic, glycosaminoglycan- binding cytokine and growth factor involved in numerous physiological and pathological processes, including tissue repair and inflammation-related diseases. PTN has been shown to promote leukocyte responses by inducing their migration and expression of inflammatory cytokines. However, the mechanisms through which PTN mediates these responses remain unclear. Here, we identified the integrin Mac-1 (αMβ2, CD11b/CD18) as the receptor mediating macrophage adhesion and migration to PTN. We also found that expression of Mac-1 on the surface of human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells induced their adhesion and migration to PTN. Accordingly, PTN promoted Mac-1-dependent cell spreading and initiated intracellular signaling manifested in phosphorylation of Erk1/2. While binding to PTN, Mac-1 on Mac-1-expressing HEK293 cells appears to cooperate with cell-surface proteoglycans because both anti-Mac-1 function-blocking mAb and heparin were required to block adhesion. Moreover, biolayer interferometry andNMRindicated a direct interaction between theαMI domain, the major ligand-binding region of Mac-1, and PTN. Using peptide libraries, we found that in PTN the αMI domain bound sequences enriched in basic and hydrophobic residues, indicating thatPTNconforms to the general principle of ligandrecognition specificity of the αMI domain toward cationic proteins/ peptides. Finally, using recombinant PTN-derived fragments, we show that PTN contains two distinct Mac-1-binding sites in each of its constitutive domains. Collectively, these results identify PTN as a ligand for the integrin Mac-1 on the surface of leukocytes and suggest that this interaction may play a role in inflammatory responses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18848-18861
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 17 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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