Interactions of promonocytic U937 cells with proteins of the extracellular matrix

C. E M Pucillo, A. Colombatti, M. Vitale, S. Salzano, G. Rossi, S. Formisano

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Monocyte interaction with proteins of the extracellular matrix (ECM) is regulated by expression of specific cell-surface receptors. 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) has been shown to induce the promonocytic cell line U937 to a more differentiated monocyte-like state. In this study we have analysed the attachment of U937 cells to ECM proteins and the effects of treatment with TPA on this process. Non-induced U937 cells attach to fibronectin- and Matrigel-coated surfaces without TPA stimulation, but TPA further increases adherence to these substrates as measured by an enhanced binding and by the lower concentration of proteins needed in the substrate to achieve 50% of maximal cell adhesion. Attachment to type I collagen was seen only with activated U937 cells, whereas no measurable attachment to bovine serum albumin, vitronectin, and type IV collagen was detected. TPA-activated U937 cells showed a two-fold increase in the expression of the RGD-dependent integrin receptors α3 and α5, and a reduction in the expression of α4, another fibronectin-specific receptor, whereas the common β1 chain was unchanged. Attachment of U937 cells to fibronectin was primarily mediated by the α3 and α5 integrins, as revealed by the ability of GRGDS peptides to inhibit attachment, whereas the CS-1 peptide, containing the α4 binding site, was largely ineffective in blocking attachment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-252
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology


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