Probing the function of LFA-1 using fluorescent proteins that target the beta-2 integrin transmembrane domain

  • Author / Creator
    Ebesoh, Njuacha
  • The lymphocyte functional antigen-1 (LFA-1) is a type I heterodimeric transmembrane (TM) proteins involved in cell adhesion, and mediates a number of cellular and physiological processes. In this work, we used recombinant fluorescently-tagged proteins derived from the TM domain of the β2 integrin to disrupt the function of LFA-1 on Jurkat cells. Four variants of the proteins were made including: one with a short cytoplasmic tail (EGFPβ2TM+CD), without the cytoplasmic tail (EGFPβ2TM-CD), truncation of five amino acids (EGFPβ2TM-5B) and truncation of ten amino acid (EGFPβ2TM-10B). These proteins were able to label Jurkat cells in vitro in a protein binding assay with affinity, Kd as high as 280 ± 80 nM (EGFPβ2TM-5B). We used fluosphere beads conjugated to different mAb to study the effect of binding on the epitopes of LFA-1. The proteins had an overall activation effect on MEM148 and an inhibitory effect on MEM48 epitope of LFA-1 receptor.

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    Spring 2011
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Stafford, James (Biological Sciences)
    • Cairo, Christopher (Chemistry)
    • Campbell, Robert (Chemistry)