Binding of hyaluronic acid to lymphoid cell lines is inhibited by monoclonal antibodies against Pgp-1

Exp Cell Res. 1990 Apr;187(2):224-33. doi: 10.1016/0014-4827(90)90085-o.


Recent biochemical and sequence data suggest a possible relationship between Pgp-1 (identical to CD44/Hermes 1/p85) and a hyaluronic acid-binding function. Here, we have studied the hyaluronic acid-binding activity of a series of murine hematopoietic cell lines using several assays: cell aggregation by hyaluronic acid, binding of fluorescein-conjugated hyaluronic acid, and cell adhesion to hyaluronic acid-coated dishes. Certain Pgp-1-positive T and B cell lines show hyaluronic acid binding that is highly specific and is not competed for by other glycosaminoglycans. Monoclonal antibodies against Pgp-1, but not antibodies against other major cell surface glycoproteins, inhibited hyaluronic acid-induced cell aggregation and cell adhesion to hyaluronic acid-coated dishes. Additionally, some anti-Pgp-1 antibodies inhibited binding of fluorescein-hyaluronic acid to hyaluronic acid-binding lines. We found no Pgp-1-negative lines that bound, but many Pgp-1-positive cell lines did not bind hyaluronic acid. Two Pgp-1-positive thymomas that did not bind hyaluronic acid were induced by phorbol ester to bind hyaluronic acid with the same specificity as other hyaluronic acid-binding lines. Normal hematopoietic cells, including those which express high levels of Pgp-1, such as bone marrow myeloid cells and splenic lymphocytes, showed no detectable hyaluronic acid-binding activity. We discuss several models that might account for these observations: (1) the hyaluronic acid receptor is Pgp-1, but it normally exists in an inactive state; (2) hyaluronic acid receptors are a subset of a family of molecules recognized by anti-Pgp-1 antibodies; (3) the hyaluronic acid receptor is not Pgp-1, but is closely associated with Pgp-1 on the surface of cells which express hyaluronic acid-binding activity.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Antigens, Differentiation / immunology*
  • B-Lymphocytes
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / immunology*
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / metabolism
  • Cell Aggregation / drug effects
  • Cell Line
  • Hyaluronic Acid / metabolism*
  • Hyaluronic Acid / pharmacology
  • Kinetics
  • Mice
  • Receptors, Lymphocyte Homing
  • T-Lymphocytes
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured / cytology
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigens, Differentiation
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Receptors, Lymphocyte Homing
  • Hyaluronic Acid