Zn-alpha 2-glycoprotein is a novel adhesive protein

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1994 Jun 30;201(3):1339-47. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1994.1851.


An amino acid sequence (Arg-Gly-Asp-Val) specifically associating with cell adhesion between cells and extracellular matrices was found on the human Zn-alpha 2-glycoprotein (Zn alpha 2gp) molecule. Although other mammalian cell lines such as breast carcinoma and melanoma did not, SMKT R-3 cells (human renal cell carcinoma) but not the kidney cell lines (Vero and COS7) preferentially attached and spread on a tissue culture plate coated with either blood plasma Zn alpha 2gp or seminal plasma Zn alpha 2gp. The spreading of SMKT R-3 cells on Zn alpha 2gp required divalent cations such as Mn2+ and Mg2+, and this spreading was inhibited by synthetic peptides such as RGDS, LRGDV and ELRGDV. These findings suggested that the RGDV region mainly interacted with the cell surface integrins to regulate cell attachment and spreading.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / chemistry*
  • Cell Adhesion*
  • Glycoproteins / chemistry*
  • Glycoproteins / metabolism
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oligopeptides
  • Seminal Plasma Proteins*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Glycoproteins
  • Oligopeptides
  • Seminal Plasma Proteins
  • Zn-alpha-2-glycoprotein
  • arginyl-glycyl-aspartic acid