A possible role for ligatin and the phosphoglycoproteins it binds in calcium-dependent retinal cell adhesion.

Journal Article

Ligatin is a filamentous plasma membrane protein that serves as a baseplate for the attachment of peripheral glycoproteins to the external cell surface. Ligatin can be released from intact, embryonic chick neural retinal cells by treatment with 20 mM Ca++ without adversely affecting their viability, alpha-Glucose-1-phosphate is also effective in removing ligatin-associated glycoproteins from intact cells. After eight of these treatments, the retinal cells seem not to exhibit Ca++-dependent adhesion for one another. It is thus suggested that ligatin in neural retina may serve as a baseplate for the attachment to the cell surface of glycoproteins active in Ca++-dependent adhesion. The finding that Ca++ serves to protect Ca++-dependent adhesion molecules from digestion by trypsin is discussed in relation to steric constraints on trypsin's accessibility to these adhesion molecules because of their possible binding to arrayed ligatin filaments.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Marchase, RB; Koro, LA; Kelly, CM; McClay, DR

Published Date

  • January 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 461 - 468

PubMed ID

  • 7085779

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7085779

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4644

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-2312

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jcb.1982.240180407


  • eng