(299d) Regulation of Cd47-Sirpa Interactions by Post-Translational Modifications
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 - 9:00am to 9:20am
CD47 is a ubiquitously expressed receptor that interacts with SIRPa on many cell types including phagocytes and endothelial cells. These interactions are implicated in many processes such as phagocytosis inhibition, neutrophil migration, and T-cell activation. As these cell types are not identical in their glycosylation machinery, it is possible that the nature of glycosylation on these glycosylated proteins regulates their interaction. To verify the role of glycosylation, the human versions of this protein were either genetically modified or produced under conditions that result in synthesis of aglycosylated proteins. These aglycosylated proteins were shown to still interact and surprisingly to a greater extent than the glycosylated counterparts. Furthermore, results also show that while removal of N-linked glycosylation in CD47 does not change binding quantitatively, removal or reduction of sugars in SIRPa enhances the interaction. Experiments are currently underway to identify whether enhancement in binding seen with reduction in SIRPa glycosylation is due to changes in receptor clustering or chnages in intermolecular binding affinity. In addition, the single N-linked glycosylation site on the binding domain (N-terminal Ig-domain) of human SIRPa is predicted to be unoccupied. This suggests that sugars on the other Ig-domains may be responsible for observed glycosylation effects and SIRPa variants are being prepared to confirm if this is the case.