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The fibrinogen (Fg) binding MSCRAMM Clumping factor A (ClfA) from Staphylococcus aureus interacts with the C-terminal region of the fibrinogen (Fg) gamma-chain. ClfA is the major virulence factor responsible for the observed clumping of S. aureus in blood plasma and has been implicated as a virulence factor in a mouse model of septic arthritis and in rabbit(More)
The matrilins form a four-member family of modular, multisubunit matrix proteins, which are expressed in cartilage but also in many other forms of extracellular matrix. They participate in the formation of fibrillar or filamentous structures and are often associated with collagens. It appears that they mediate interactions between collagen-containing(More)
Upon contact with human plasma, bacteria are rapidly recognized by the complement system that labels their surface for uptake and clearance by phagocytic cells. Staphylococcus aureus secretes the 16 kD Extracellular fibrinogen binding protein (Efb) that binds two different plasma proteins using separate domains: the Efb N-terminus binds to fibrinogen, while(More)
Metastasis is a coordinated process that depends on the interaction of cancer cells with the tumor microenvironment. Members of the transmembrane-4 superfamily (TM4SF) of surface proteins have been implicated in the regulation of cancer cell metastasis, and the expression of several TM4SF members on tumor cells is inversely correlated with patient(More)
Members of a family of collagen-binding microbial surface components recognizing adhesive matrix molecules (MSCRAMMs) from Gram-positive bacteria are established virulence factors in several infectious diseases models. Here, we report that these adhesins also can bind C1q and act as inhibitors of the classical complement pathway. Molecular analyses of Cna(More)
We have cloned the cDNAs of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) members of the matrilin family of extracellular adaptor proteins. In contrast to mammals, no orthologue of matrilin-2 was found in zebrafish, either by RT (reverse-transcriptase) PCR using degenerated primers or by screening the databases (Ensembl and NCBI); however, two forms of matrilin-3,(More)
Cancer metastasis is a multiple-step process that involves the regulated interaction of diverse cellular proteins. We recently reported that the expression of tumor-associated antigen L6 (TAL6) promoted the invasiveness of lung cancer cells and was inversely correlated with disease-free survival of squamous lung carcinoma patients. We now report that CD13(More)
In addition to its pivotal role in hemostasis, fibrinogen (Fg) and provisional fibrin matrices play important roles in inflammation and regulate innate immune responses by interacting with leukocytes. Efb (the extracellular fibrinogen-binding protein) is a secreted Staphylococcus aureus protein that engages host Fg and complement C3. However, the molecular(More)
Matrilins are oligomeric extracellular matrix adaptor proteins mediating interactions between collagen fibrils and other matrix constituents. All four matrilins are expressed in cartilage and mutations in the human gene encoding matrilin-3 (MATN3) are associated with different forms of chondrodysplasia. Surprisingly, however, Matn3-null as well as Matn1-(More)
Fibrin(ogen) is central to hemostasis and thrombosis and also contributes to multiple physiologic and pathologic processes beyond coagulation. However, the precise contribution of soluble fibrinogen vs insoluble fibrin matrices to vascular integrity, tissue repair, inflammation, and disease has been undefined and unapproachable. To establish the means to(More)