Susan E. Craig

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The structural basis of the interaction of integrin heterodimers with their physiological ligands is poorly understood. We have used solution x-ray scattering to visualize the head region of integrin alpha 5 beta 1 in an inactive (Ca2+-occupied) state, and in complex with a fragment of fibronectin containing the RGD and synergy recognition sequences. Shape(More)
The ligand-binding head region of integrin beta subunits contains a von Willebrand factor type A domain (betaA). Ligand binding activity is regulated through conformational changes in betaA, and ligand recognition also causes conformational changes that are transduced from this domain. The molecular basis of signal transduction to and from betaA is(More)
Intercellular adhesion mediated by integrin alpha4beta1 and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) plays a crucial role in both the rolling and firm attachment of leukocytes onto the vascular endothelium. Essential to the alpha4beta1/VCAM-1 interaction is its mechanical strength that allows the complex to resist the large shear forces imposed by the(More)
Integrin adhesion receptors are structurally dynamic proteins that adopt a number of functionally relevant conformations. We have produced a conformation-dependent anti-alpha5 monoclonal antibody (SNAKA51) that converts alpha5beta1 integrin into a ligand-competent form and promotes fibronectin binding. In adherent fibroblasts, SNAKA51 preferentially bound(More)
Integrin-ligand interactions are regulated in a complex manner by divalent cations, and multiple cation-binding sites are found in both alpha and beta integrin subunits. A key cation-binding site that lies in the beta subunit A-domain is known as the metal-ion dependent adhesion site (MIDAS). Recent x-ray crystal structures of integrin alpha V beta 3 have(More)
The ligand-binding region of integrin beta subunits contains a von Willebrand factor type A-domain: an alpha/beta "Rossmann" fold containing a metal ion-dependent adhesion site (MIDAS) on its top face. Although there is evidence to suggest that the betaA-domain undergoes changes in tertiary structure during receptor activation, the identity of the secondary(More)
The overall structure of integrins is that of a ligand-binding head connected to two long legs. The legs can exhibit a pronounced bend at the "knees," and it has been proposed that the legs undergo a dramatic straightening when integrins transit from a low affinity to a high affinity state. The knee region contains domains from both alpha and beta subunits,(More)
The integrin receptor alpha 4 beta 1 (also known as VLA-4) binds two different ligands, the endothelial cell surface protein vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and the extracellular matrix component fibronectin. Three distinct sites in fibronectin are recognized by alpha 4 beta 1. Two of these (represented by peptides CS1 and CS5) are present in the(More)
Matrix mechanics controls cell fate by modulating the bonds between integrins and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. However, it remains unclear how fibronectin (FN), type 1 collagen, and their receptor integrin subtypes distinctly control force transmission to regulate focal adhesion kinase (FAK) activity, a crucial molecular signal governing cell(More)
The ligand-binding activity of integrins is regulated by shape changes that convert these receptors from a resting (or inactive) state to an active state. However, the precise conformational changes that take place in head region of integrins (the site of ligand binding) during activation are not well understood. The portion of the integrin beta subunit(More)