Structure of uPAR, plasminogen, and sugar-binding sites of the 300 kDa mannose 6-phosphate receptor

EMBO J. 2004 May 19;23(10):2019-28. doi: 10.1038/sj.emboj.7600215. Epub 2004 Apr 15.


The 300 kDa cation-independent mannose 6-phosphate receptor (CI-MPR) mediates the intracellular transport of newly synthesized lysosomal enzymes containing mannose 6-phosphate on their N-linked oligosaccharides. In addition to its role in lysosome biogenesis, the CI-MPR interacts with a number of different extracellular ligands at the cell surface, including latent transforming growth factor-beta, insulin-like growth factor-II, plasminogen, and urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), to regulate cell growth and motility. We have solved the crystal structure of the N-terminal 432 residues of the CI-MPR at 1.8 A resolution, which encompass three out of the 15 repetitive domains of its extracytoplasmic region. The three domains, which exhibit similar topology to each other and to the 46 kDa cation-dependent mannose 6-phosphate receptor, assemble into a compact structure with the uPAR/plasminogen and the carbohydrate-binding sites situated on opposite faces of the molecule. Knowledge of the arrangement of these three domains has allowed us to propose a model of the entire extracytoplasmic region of the CI-MPR that provides a context with which to envision the numerous binding interactions carried out by this multi-faceted receptor.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Biological Transport / physiology
  • Cattle
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Lysosomes / metabolism
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Molecular Weight
  • Oligosaccharides / metabolism*
  • Plasminogen / metabolism*
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary*
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2 / chemistry*
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2 / genetics
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2 / metabolism
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Urokinase Plasminogen Activator
  • Sequence Alignment


  • Oligosaccharides
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Receptors, Urokinase Plasminogen Activator
  • Plasminogen

Associated data

  • PDB/1Q25