ICAM-1 Clustering on Endothelial Cells Recruits VCAM-1

J. van Rijssel, F.P.J. van Alphen, A.M. van Stalborch, E.P.J. Mul, P.L. Hordijk

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Abstract

In the initial stages of transendothelial migration, leukocytes use the endothelial integrin ligands ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 for strong adhesion. Upon adhesion of the leukocyte to endothelial ICAM-1, ICAM-1 is clustered and recruited to the adhered leukocyte, promoting strong adhesion. In this study, we provide evidence for the colocalization of VCAM-1 at sites of ICAM-1 clustering. Anti-ICAM-1 antibody-coated beads were used to selectively cluster and recruit ICAM-1 on primary human endothelial cells. In time, co-localization of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 around the adherent beads was observed. Biochemical pull-down assays showed that ICAM-1 clustering induced its association to VCAM-1, suggesting a physical link between these two adhesion molecules. The association was partly dependent on lipid rafts as well as on F-actin and promoted adhesion. These data show that VCAM-1 can be recruited, in an integrin-independent fashion, to clustered ICAM-1 which may serve to promote ICAM-1-mediated leukocyte adhesion
Original languageEnglish
Article number120328
Pages (from-to)120328
Number of pages9
JournalJOURNAL OF BIOMEDICINE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Volume2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2010

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