The human and mouse cripto-1 (CR-1) genes can code for proteins related in structure to epidermal growth factor (EGF). A specific 36-kDa immunoreactive protein was detected by Western blot analysis in human cell lines that express CR-1 mRNA but not in cell lines that fail to express this transcript. Immunoprecipitation of GEO colon carcinoma or mouse embryonal carcinoma cells detected 27-29-kDa and 24-kDa proteins, respectively. Cell lysates and conditioned medium that were prepared from several CHO clones and were expressing either a recombinant human or mouse CR-1 cDNA contained immunospecific 27-29-kDa and 24-kDa proteins, respectively. Monensin or tunicamycin treatment resulted in a shift of the 27-29-kDa human CR-1 protein to 24 kDa and 20 kDa, respectively. The 20-kDa protein was also observed after digestion of the 27-29-kDa human CR-1 protein with N-glycosidase F. Using two CR-1 synthetic refolded peptides that correspond to the EGF-like domain of the human CR-1 sequence or conditioned medium obtained from human CR-1 expressing CHO cells, growth stimulatory activity could be detected on non-transformed human mammary epithelial cells and on two human breast cancer cell lines. EGF receptor-blocking antibody did not inhibit the growth stimulatory action of the CR-1 protein. Likewise, the CR-1 refolded peptides or conditioned medium from the human CR-1-expressing CHO cells failed to inhibit the binding of 125I-EGF in an EGF-radioreceptor assay. These data demonstrate that the CR-1 is a glycoprotein that can function as a growth factor through an EGF receptor-independent pathway.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 24 1994|
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