PGRL is a major CD81-associated protein on lymphocytes and distinguishes a new family of cell surface proteins

J Immunol. 2001 Nov 1;167(9):5115-21. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.167.9.5115.


CD81 exerts a range of interesting effects on T cells including early thymocyte differentiation, LFA-1 activation, and provision of costimulation. To better understand the mechanisms by which CD81 influences T cell function we evaluated CD81 molecular complexes on T cells. The most prominent CD81-associated cell surface protein on thymocytes as well as a number of T cell and B cell lines has an apparent molecular mass of 75 kDa. The 75-kDa protein was purified and analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry followed by postsource-decay profiling. p75 is a novel type I transmembrane protein of the Ig superfamily which is most similar to FPRP. We cloned and sequenced both human and mouse PG regulatory-like protein (PGRL) and characterized mouse PGRL expression in both lymphocytes and nonlymphoid tissues. The discovery of PGRL allows for the clustering of a small family of related proteins including PGRL, FPRP, V7/CD101, and IGSF3. Expression constructs containing various domains of PGRL with an epitope tag were coexpressed with CD81 and used to determine that the interaction of CD81 with PGRL requires the membrane distal Ig3-Ig4 domains of PGRL. Although it remains to be determined whether PGRL possesses PG regulatory functions, transwell chamber experiments show that PGs and CD81 coordinately regulate T cell motility.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / physiology*
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Movement
  • Dinoprostone / biosynthesis
  • Humans
  • Membrane Proteins*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Molecular Weight
  • Neoplasm Proteins*
  • Proteins / analysis*
  • Proteins / physiology
  • T-Lymphocytes / chemistry*
  • T-Lymphocytes / physiology
  • Tetraspanin 28


  • Antigens, CD
  • CD81 protein, human
  • Cd81 protein, mouse
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • PTGFRN protein, human
  • Proteins
  • Tetraspanin 28
  • Dinoprostone