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Selective inactivation of the Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS) binding site in von Willebrand factor by site-directed mutagenesis.

In order to assess the requirement for the Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (RGDS) consensus adhesion sequence in von Willebrand factor (vWF) for vWF binding to platelets and endothelial cells, point mutations were introduced into this sequence by site-directed mutagenesis. A glycine to alanine substitution yielded RADS-vWF, while an aspartate to glutamate substitution resulted in RGES-vWF. Recombinant RADS-vWF and RGES-vWF, purified from transformed Chinese hamster ovary cells, were compared with recombinant wild type vWF (WT-vWF) in functional assays with platelets and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HU-VECs). High molecular weight RADS-vWF and RGES-vWF multimers inhibited binding of 125I-vWF to a mixture of insolubilized native type I and III collagen and competed effectively with 125I-vWF for binding to formalin-fixed platelets in the presence of ristocetin, indicating functional collagen and platelet glycoprotein Ib binding. However, RADS-vWF and RGES-vWF were unable to displace the binding of 125I-vWF to thrombin or ADP-activated platelets. The attachment of HUVECs to either RADS-vWF or RGES-vWF coated surfaces was reduced and spreading was almost completely inhibited, compared with WT-vWF. We conclude that point mutations of the RGDS sequence in vWF selectively impair binding to platelet glycoprotein IIb/IIIa and the HUVEC vitronectin receptor.[1]


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