Mocarhagin, a novel cobra venom metalloproteinase, cleaves the platelet von Willebrand factor receptor glycoprotein Ibα. Identification of the sulfated tyrosine/anionic sequence Tyr-276-Glu-282 of glycoprotein Ibα as a binding site for von Willebrand factor and α-thrombin

Christopher M. Ward, Robert K. Andrews, A. Ian Smith, Michael C. Berndt

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Platelet adhesion to the subendothelium is the initiating event in hemostasis and thrombosis and involves the binding of von Willebrand factor (vWF) by the platelet membrane glycoprotein (GP) Ib-IX complex. The α-chain of GP Ib contains binding sites for both vWF and α-thrombin within a 45-kDa N-terminal tryptic fragment. In the present study, we have further delineated these sites using smaller proteolytic fragments and functional antibodies. Mocarhagin, a cobra venom metalloproteinase, generates the fragment His-1-Glu-282, while cathepsin G, a neutrophil granule serine protease, generates a slightly smaller fragment, His-1-Leu-275. His-1-Glu-282 was as effective as intact soluble GP Ibα (glycocalicin) in inhibiting botrocetin-dependent binding of vWF to washed platelets (IC50 ∼0.3 μM), whereas His-1-Leu-275 was an order of magnitude less effective (IC50 ∼3 μM). Residues Tyr-276-Glu-282 (YDYYPEE) are part of an anionic region homologous to thrombin-binding molecules such as hirudin. In ligand blot analysis, thrombin blotted the His-1-Glu-282 fragment, but not His-1-Leu-275. The three tyrosine residues within Tyr-276-Glu-282 meet the consensus criteria for O-sulfation. A method was developed to distinguish O-sulfated from nonsulfated tyrosine residues based on differences in the UV absorbance spectra. Residues Tyr-276-Glu-282 were isolated from glycocalicin by proteolysis with mocarhagin and cathepsin G. Ion spray mass spectrometry confirmed that Tyr-278 and Tyr-279 were O-sulfated to at least 90%, whereas Tyr-276 was only ∼50% O-sulfated. Four anti-GP Ibα monoclonal antibodies (SZ2, ES85, C34, and VM16d) were found to be modulator-specific, strongly inhibiting botrocetin-dependent binding of vWF, but having less or no effect on ristocetin-dependent vWF binding. These antibodies also inhibited the binding of thrombin to fixed platelets. Immunoprecipitation with GP Ibα fragments defined the epitopes for these antibodies as SZ2 (Tyr-276-Glu-282). ES85 (Asp-283-Arg-293), C34 (His-1-Glu-282), and VM16d (His-1-Leu-275). An antibody which inhibited ristocetin-dependent, as well as botrocetin-dependent, vWF binding but had no effect on thrombin binding (AK2) had an epitope within His-1-Leu-275. These findings indicate that the sulfated tyrosine/anionic GP Ibα residues Tyr-276-Glu-282 are important for the binding of thrombin and the botrocetin-dependent binding of vWF, but that vWF also interacts with residues within His-1-Leu-275.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4929-4938
Number of pages10
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes

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