Characterization of DAF-2, a high molecular weight form of decay- accelerating factor (DAF; CD55), as a covalently cross-linked dimer of DAF-1

M. W. Nickells, J. I. Alvarez, D. M. Lublin, J. P. Atkinson

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Abstract

Human E express two surface forms of decay-accelerating factor (DAF; CD55). On SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions the major form, DAF-1, migrates as a 70-kDa protein and the minor form, DAF-2, present at <10% the amount of DAF-1, migrates as a 140-kDa protein (Kinoshita, T., S. I. Rosenfeld, and V. Nussenzweig. 1987. J. Immunol. 138:2994). Both forms possess decay- accelerating activity and, after purification from solubilized E, reinsert into sheep E, indicating a glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor. In contrast to human cells, these two forms of DAF from orangutan E are expressed in approximately equal amounts (Nickells, M. W., and J. P. Atkinson, 1990. J. Immunol. 144:4262). An orangutan B lymphocyte cell line, CP81, also expresses similar quantities of both forms. These sources of orangutan DAF were utilized for further characterization of DAF-2. Orangutan and human DAF-1 were 98% and 95% homologous at the nucleotide and amino acid levels, respectively. Northern and Southern analyses of orangutan DAF were also similar to those for human DAF. Tryptic peptide maps of DAF-1 and DAF-2 were identical. After treatment with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and glycosidases, the change in M(r) of DAF-2 was consistent with it possessing two glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchors and twice as much oligosaccharide as DAF-1. Biosynthetic analysis demonstrated a single 46-kDa precursor for both forms. Taken together, these data indicate that DAF-2 is a covalently cross-linked dimer of DAF-1. Analysis of a series of human DAF deletion mutants localized the cross-link(s) within the short consensus repeat domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)676-685
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume152
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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