The kringle stabilizes urokinase binding to the urokinase receptor

Khalil Bdeir, Alice Kuo, Bruce S. Sachais, Ann H. Rux, Yasmina Bdeir, Andrew Mazar, Abd Al Roof Higazi, Douglas B. Cines*

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The structural basis of the interaction between single-chain urokinase-type plasminogen activator (scuPA) and its receptor (uPAR) is incompletely defined. Several observations indicated the kringle facilitates the binding of uPA to uPAR. A scuPA variant lacking the kringle (ΔK-scuPA) bound to soluble uPAR (suPAR) with the similar "on-rate" but with a faster "off-rate" than wild-type (WT)-scuPA. Binding of ΔK-scuPA, but not WT-scuPA, to suPAR was comparably inhibited by its growth factor domain (GFD) and amino-terminal fragment (ATF). ATF and WT-scuPA, but not GFD, scuPA lacking the GFD (ΔGFD-scuPA), or ΔK-scuPA reconstituted the isolated domains of uPAR. ATF completely inhibited the enzymatic activity of WT-scuPA-suPAR unlike comparable concentrations of GFD. Variants containing mutations that alter the charge, length, or flexibility of linker sequence (residues 43-49) between the GFD and the kringle displayed a lower affinity for uPAR, were unable to reconstitute uPAR domains, and their binding to uPAR was inhibited by GFD in the same manner as ΔK-scuPA. A scuPA variant in which the charged amino acids in the heparin binding site (HBS) in the kringle domain were mutated to alanines behaved like ΔK-scuPA, indicating that that the structure of the kringle as well as its interaction with the GFD govern receptor binding. These data demonstrate an important role for the kringle in stabilizing the binding of scuPA to uPAR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3600-3608
Number of pages9
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 15 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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