Pregnancy-specific glycoprotein function, conservation and receptor investigation

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dc.contributor.advisor Moore, Thomas F. en
dc.contributor.author O'Riordan, Ronan T.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-31T13:26:29Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-31T13:26:29Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation O'Riordan, R. T. 2014. Pregnancy-specific glycoprotein function, conservation and receptor investigation. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 176
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1952
dc.description.abstract Pregnancy-specific glycoproteins (PSGs) are highly glycosylated secreted proteins encoded by multi-gene families in some placental mammals. They are carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) family and immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily members. PSGs are immunomodulatory, and have been demonstrated to possess antiplatelet and pro-angiogenic properties. Low serum levels of these proteins have been correlated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Objectives: Main research goals of this thesis were: 1). To attempt to replicate previously reported cytokine responses to PSG-treatment of immune cells and subsequently to investigate functionally important amino acids within PSG1. 2). To determine whether candidate receptor, integrin αvβ3, was a binding partner for PSG1 and to investigate whether PSG1 possessed functionality in a leukocyte-endothelial interaction assay. 3). To determine whether proteins generated from recently identified putative PSG genes in the horse shared functional properties with PSGs from other species. Outcomes: 1). Sequential domain deletion of PSG1 as well as mutation of conserved residues within the PSG1 Ndomain did not affect PSG1-induced TGF-β1. The investigated response was subsequently found to be the result of latent TGF-β1 contaminating the recombinant protein. Protein further purified by SEC to remove this showed no induction of TGF-β1. The most N-terminal glycosylation site was demonstrated to have an important role in PSG N domain secretion. PSG1 attenuated LPS-induced IL-6 and TNF-α. Investigations into signalling underpinning this proved inconclusive. 2). Integrin αvβ3 was identified as a novel PSG1 receptor mediating an as yet unknown function. Preliminary investigations into a role for PSGs as inhibitors of leukocyte endothelial interactions showed no effect by PSG1. 3). Horse PSG protein, CEACAM49, was shown to be similarly contaminated by latent TGF-β1 particle and once removed did not demonstrate TGF-β1 release. Interestingly horse PSG did show anti-platelet properties through inhibition of the plateletfibrinogen interaction as previously published for mouse and human PSGs. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Ronan T. O'Riordan. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Integrin en
dc.subject Evolution en
dc.subject TGF-beta1 en
dc.subject Glycosylation en
dc.subject IL-6 en
dc.subject TNF-alpha en
dc.subject Secretion en
dc.subject Pregnancy-specific gycoprotein en
dc.title Pregnancy-specific glycoprotein function, conservation and receptor investigation en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD Scholars Programme in Cancer Biology en
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dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Biochemistry en
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ucc.workflow.supervisor t.moore@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2014


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