Magdalena Grodecka

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The Duffy antigen/receptor for chemokines (DARC) is a seven-transmembrane glycoprotein carrying the Duffy (Fy) blood group antigen. The polypeptide chain of DARC contains two NSS motifs at positions 16 and 27 and one NDS motif at position 33 that represent canonical sequences for efficient N-glycosylation. To verify whether all of these three sites are(More)
Fy blood group antigens are carried by the Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC), a red cells receptor for Plasmodium vivax broadly implicated in human health and diseases. Recombinant VHHs, or nanobodies, the smallest intact antigen binding fragment derivative from the heavy chain-only antibodies present in camelids, were prepared from a dromedary(More)
Duffy antigen is a glycosylated blood group protein acting as a malarial and chemokine receptor. Using glycosylation mutants we have previously demonstrated, that all three potential glycosylation sites of the Duffy antigen are occupied by N-linked oligosaccharide chains. In this study, wild-type Duffy glycoprotein and three mutants, each containing a(More)
The physiological effect caused by chemokines is regulated by interactions with a group of rodopsin-like G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). These receptors share a number of common features: the polypeptide chain is a 7-transmembrane ?-helix (7 TMD motif) and the region involved in G-protein interaction (the DRYLAIV sequence) is located in the second(More)
Rare polyagglutinable NOR erythrocytes contain three unique globoside (Gb4Cer) derivatives, NOR1, NOR(int), and NOR2, in which Gal(α1-4), GalNAc(β1-3)Gal(α1-4), and Gal(α1-4)GalNAc(β1-3)Gal(α1-4), respectively, are linked to the terminal GalNAc residue of Gb4Cer. NOR1 and NOR2, which both terminate with a Gal(α1-4)GalNAc- sequence, react with anti-NOR(More)
The preparation of a V(H)H (nanobody) named IH4 that recognizes human glycophorin A (GPA) is described. IH4 was isolated by screening a library prepared from the lymphocytes of a dromedary immunized by human blood transfusion. Phage display and panning against GPA as the immobilized antigen allowed isolating this V(H)H. IH4, representing 67% of the(More)
Duffy Antigen Receptor for Chemokines (DARC) plays multiple roles in human health as a blood group antigen, a receptor for chemokines and the only known receptor for Plasmodium vivax merozoites. It is the target of the murine anti-Fy6 monoclonal antibody 2C3 which binds to the first extracellular domain (ECD1), but exact nature of the recognized epitope was(More)
Duffy antigen/receptor for chemokines (DARC) is a glycosylated seven-transmembrane protein acting as a blood group antigen, a chemokine binding protein and a receptor for Plasmodium vivax malaria parasite. It is present on erythrocytes and endothelial cells of postcapillary venules. The N-terminal extracellular domain of the Duffy glycoprotein carries(More)
BACKGROUND The blood group antigens S and s are defined by amino acids Met or Thr at position 29, respectively, on glycophorin B (GPB). Commercial anti-s reagents are expensive to produce because of the scarcity of human anti-s serum. Our aim was to develop hybridoma cell lines that secrete reagent-grade anti-s monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) to supplement(More)
Antigens of the Duffy (Fy) blood group are significant in medical transfusions since they may cause serious post-transfusion reactions and hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. Results of serotyping performed on donors with reduced or abolished erythrocyte Duffy expression may be misleading, since the Duffy antigen is also present on non-erythroid(More)