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The tetraspans are molecules with four transmembrane domains which are engaged in multimolecular complexes (the tetraspan web) containing a subset of beta1 integrins (in particular alpha3beta1, alpha4beta1 and alpha6beta1), MHC antigens and several unidentified molecules. The molecules associated with tetraspans are readily detected after(More)
The tetraspanin web refers to a network of molecular interactions involving tetraspanins and other molecules. Inside the tetraspanin web, small primary complexes containing only one tetraspanin and one specific partner molecule such as CD151/alpha3beta1 integrin and CD9/CD9P-1 (FPRP) can be observed under particular conditions. Here we demonstrate that when(More)
The CD19-CD21-CD81 complex regulates signal transduction events critical for B lymphocyte development and humoral immunity. CD81, a molecule with 4 transmembrane domains, member of the tetraspan superfamily, is engaged, together with other tetraspans such as CD9, CD53, CD63, and CD82, in multimolecular complexes containing beta1 integrins and major(More)
The tetraspanins associate with various surface molecules and with each other to build a network of molecular interactions, the tetraspanin web. The interaction of tetraspanins with each other seems to be central for the assembly of the tetraspanin web. All tetraspanins studied, CD9, CD37, CD53, CD63, CD81, CD82 and CD151, were found to incorporate(More)
Several tetraspanins bind directly to a few molecular partners to form primary complexes, which might assemble through tetraspanin-tetraspanin interactions to form a network of molecular interactions, the tetraspanin web. We have produced a monoclonal antibody directed to a 63 kDa molecule (determined under non-reducing conditions) associated with CD9. This(More)
CD9, CD63, CD81, and CD82 are glycoproteins of unknown function which belong to the tetraspan superfamily. These molecules have short cytoplasmic sequences, four transmembrane domains and two unequal extracellular regions. Here, we show that these molecules are associated with each other on cell surface and with other glycoproteins such as very late antigen(More)
By associating with specific partner molecules and with each other, the tetraspanins are thought to assemble multimolecular complexes that may be especially relevant with respect to metastasis. We have previously identified a 135-kDa molecule (CD9P-1) as a major molecular partner of CD9 in cancer cell lines. This molecule was identified, after(More)
The CD9 antigen was described originally as a 24-kDa surface protein of non-T acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells and developing B-lymphocytes. It is also strongly expressed on platelets, among other cells, where it shows the property of mediating platelet activation and aggregation upon binding with mAbs. The primary structure has been elucidated by cloning(More)
By interacting with each others, the tetraspanins are thought to assemble a network of molecular interactions, the tetraspanin web. These tetraspanin/tetraspanin interactions involve in part the palmitoylation of the proteins. We show that tetraspanins interact with cholesterol as indicated by the precipitation of tetraspanin/tetraspanin complexes by(More)
The tetraspans associate with a large number of surface molecules, including a subset of beta1 integrins and, indirectly through CD19, with the complement receptor CD21. To further characterize the tetraspan complexes we have raised and selected monoclonal antibodies (mAb) for their ability to immunoprecipitate a molecule associated with CD9. A unique mAb(More)