American Association for Cancer Research, Inc. (AACR)
[en] We have studied the capacity of two human breast adenocarcinoma cells, MDA-MB231 and MCF-7, to bind exogenous M(r) 72,000 type IV collagenase by both morphological and radioreceptor binding assays. By indirect immunofluorescence, staining with a specific anti-M(r) 72,000 type IV collagenase antibody was strongly induced when cells were preincubated with the purified enzyme. Scatchard plot analysis indicated the existence of a binding site for the M(r) 72,000 type IV collagenase with high affinity for both cell lines (Kd = 2 x 10(-9) M). These results are the first demonstration of the existence of a tumor cell membrane-associated putative receptor for a member of the matrix metalloproteinase family, as previously evidenced for the urokinase-type plasminogen activator.