Cloning of the beta subunit of the leukocyte adhesion proteins: homology to an extracellular matrix receptor defines a novel supergene family. Academic Article uri icon


  • We have isolated cDNA clones encoding the beta subunit of the human LFA-1, Mac-1, and p150,95 family of leukocyte adhesion proteins. The deduced 769-amino-acid sequence defines a cysteine-rich polypeptide with the characteristic features of an integral membrane protein. Peptide sequence data, Northern blot analysis, and Southern blot analysis suggest that a single gene encodes the beta subunit of all three leukocyte adhesion proteins. There is 45% homology between the beta subunit sequence and band III of integrin, a chick fibronectin and laminin receptor. This homology defines a new supergene family of cellular adhesion proteins.

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  • February 27, 1987

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