Role of integrin receptors in manganese-dependent BHK cell spreading on albumin-coated substrata

Frederick Grinnell, Richard Backman

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In manganese-containing medium, tissue cells can spread on albumin and other substrata typically nonadhesive for cells in calcium/magnesium-containing medium. To learn whether integrin receptors play a role in Mn-dependent adhesion, we tested the effects of RGD peptides and polyclonal anti-fibronectin receptor antibodies on BHK cell spreading on fibronectin and albumin-coated substrata. In Ca/Mg-containing medium on fibronectin substrata, the RGD-related peptides GRGDSP and GRGDS but not RGDS inhibited cell spreading. In Mn-containing medium, spreading on albumin was inhibited by GRGDSP and GRGDS and also by RGDS. GRGESP, on the other hand, did not inhibit cell spreading under any condition tested. Antibodies directed against fibronectin receptors also inhibited Mn-dependent cell spreading on albumin substrata, but higher levels of antibody were required than were necessary to inhibit Ca/Mg-dependent spreading on fibronectin. On the basis of these results, we suggest that integrin receptors, but probably not fibronectin receptors, mediate Mn-dependent BHK cell spreading on albumin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Cell Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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