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Antibodies to GPIIb alpha (300-312) inhibit Fg binding, clot retraction, and platelet adhesion to multiple ligands.

We previously reported that a peptide with the sequence Gly-Ala-Pro-Leu (GAPL) found as residues 309-312 in glycoprotein IIb alpha (GPIIb) comprises at least part of a Fg binding site on GPIIb (1). Subsequent studies demonstrated that a peptide corresponding to residues 300-312 of GPIIb alpha can bind to Fg and Vn, and is a potent inhibitor of platelet aggregation and the adhesion of activated platelets to at least four adhesive ligands: Fg, Fn, Vn, and vWf (2). Here, the production and initial characterization of polyclonal antibodies against this peptide are described. ELISAs and dot-blot assays reveal the specificity of the antibodies for the peptide immunogen. In immunoblots, the antibodies recognize GPIIb under reducing conditions. The binding of Fg to immobilized GPIIb/IIIa, the rate of clot retraction and the adhesion of stimulated platelets to Fg, fibronectin (Fn), vitronectin (Vn), and von Willebrand factor (vWf) were inhibited by these antibodies, but not by a control IgG. These results together with our earlier published data indicate that GPIIb alpha (300-312) comprises at least part of a common ligand binding site within the integrin alpha IIb subunit.[1]


  1. Antibodies to GPIIb alpha (300-312) inhibit Fg binding, clot retraction, and platelet adhesion to multiple ligands. Taylor, D.B., Derrick, J.M., Gartner, T.K. Proc. Soc. Exp. Biol. Med. (1994) [Pubmed]
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