Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 267–274 | Cite as

Macrophage surface glycoproteins binding to galectin-3 (Mac-2-antigen)

  • Sucai Dong
  • R Colin Hughes


Galectin-3 (formerly called Mac-2 antigen) is a ∼30 kDa carbohydrate-binding protein expressed on the surface of inflammatory macrophages and several macrophage cell lines. We have purified from lysates of the murine macrophage cell line WEHI-3 glycoproteins that bind to a galectin-3 affinity column. Several of these receptors are labelled after biotinylation of intact cells showing their location at the cell surface. N-terminal aminoacid sequencing of intact galectin-3-binding glycoproteins isolated from preparative SDS-gels or of chemically derived fragments showed several homologies with known proteins and identification was confirmed by immunoprecipitation with specific antibodies. The glycoproteins were shown to be: the α-subunit(CD11b) of the CD11b/CD18 integrin(Mac-1 antigen); the lysosomal membrane glycoproteins LAMPs 1 and 2 which are known in part to be expressed at cell surfaces; the Mac-3 antigen, a mouse macrophage differentiation antigen defined by the M3/84 monoclonal antibody and related immunochemically to LAMP-2; the heavy chain of CD98, a 125 kDa heterodimeric glycoprotein identified by the 4F2/RL388 monoclonal antibodies respectively on human and mouse monocytes/macrophages and on activated T cells. Further studies showed that CD11b/CD18, CD98 and Mac-3 are major surface receptors for galectin-3 on murine peritoneal macrophages elicited by thioglycollate. Abbreviations: PBS, phosphate buffered saline; CNBR, cyanogen bromide; PMSF, phenyl methyl sulphonyl fluoride

galectin-3 macrophages receptors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sucai Dong
    • 1
  • R Colin Hughes
  1. 1.National Institute for Medical ResearchLondonUK

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