Aoki, K. et al. Extracellular matrix interacts with soluble CD95L: retention and enhancement of cytotoxicity. Nat. Immunol. 2, 333-337

Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, 40 Convent Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-3005, USA.
Nature Immunology (Impact Factor: 20). 05/2001; 2(4):333-7. DOI: 10.1038/86336
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Fas ligand (CD95L) is synthesized both on the cell surface membrane and in a soluble form. Although CD95L contributes to immune privilege in the cornea and testis, the functions of these alternatively processed proteins are not well understood. Some reports suggest that the cytotoxicity of soluble CD95L is insignificant, whereas others show potent responses in vivo, including hepatocyte apoptosis that causes liver failure. We show here that extracellular matrix proteins interact with soluble CD95L and potentiate its pro-apoptotic activity. The cytotoxicity of supernatants from CD95L-expressing cells was increased by incubation on tissue culture plates coated with these matrix proteins; this effect was mediated by trimeric soluble CD95L. With the use of immunoprecipitation, it was found that CD95L binds directly to fibronectin. In addition, immunohistochemical analysis of the cornea revealed that soluble CD95L binds primarily to extracellular matrix. The retention of soluble CD95L on extracellular matrices is likely to play an important role in the development of peripheral tolerance in immune-privileged sites.

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    • "It has also been reported that naturally cleaved FasL may dampen apoptotic activity by competing with mFasL or blocking Fas receptors (Gregory et al., 2011; Knox et al., 2003; O' Reilly et al., 2009; Suda et al., 1996; Tanaka et al., 1998). When binding to the matrix proteins or cross-linking by antibodies, the cytotoxicity of naturally cleaved soluble FasL was potentiated in vitro and in vivo (Aoki et al., 2001; Schneider et al., 1998). Recombinant soluble FasL corresponding to the entire extracellular domain of FasL shows considerable cytotoxicity compared with naturally cleaved sFasL, although lower than membrane-bound FasL (Hohlbaum et al., 2000; Suda et al., 1996). "
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    • "This is in contrast to an experimental form of FasL that corresponds to the entire extracellular domain [24], [25]. On the other hand, sFasL bound to extracellular matrix proteins is cytotoxic and FasL has been localized to the extracellular matrix in the anterior chamber of the eye [26]. Thus, whether FasL accumulates in the ocular environment as full-length mFasL or truncated sFasL, matrix-associated or not, could influence its functional consequences. "
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