Similarities and differences between the fibronectins of normal and transformed hamster cells. Academic Article uri icon


  • Fibronectins from normal and virally transformed hamster cells were compared by several criteria. The fibronectin from transformed cells was similar to that from normal cells in being an intact dimeric glycoprotein with the ability to bind to gelatin, activated thiol-Sepharose, and cells. No evidence was found for proteolytic cleavages or abnormalities in disulfide bonding of transformed cell fibronectin. This fibronectin was also shown to be active in promoting cell attachment, elongation, and alignment. Therefore, the fibronectin produced by transformed cells is not defective. However, it was shown that the transformed cells were partially deficient in their capacity to bind fibronectins from either normal or transformed cells. This deficiency has implications for the significance of the loss of fibronectin on oncogenic transformation. Partial proteolysis of the fibronectins from normal and transformed cells gave rise to the same fragments. However, the glycosylated fragments from transformed cell fibronectin appeared somewhat larger than those from normal cell fibronectin. Analysis of fibronectin glycopeptides showed that transformation leads both to more branches per core and to a higher sialylation of the asparagine-linked complex carbohydrate side chains.

publication date

  • November 25, 1981