Molecular cloning of a novel hyaluronan receptor that mediates tumor cell motility. Academic Article uri icon


  • A cDNA encoding a unique hyaluronan receptor has been molecularly cloned from a lambda GT11 3T3 cDNA expression library. Immunoblot analyses of cell lysates, using antibodies to peptides encoded in the cDNA, specifically react with a 58-kD protein. This protein is regulated by the mutant H-ras gene in cells containing a metallothionein promoter H-ras hybrid gene. Further, antibodies to peptide sequences encoded in the cDNA block the increase in locomotion resulting from induction of the mutant H-ras gene in this cell line. In a transblot assay, the bacterially expressed protein binds to biotinylated hyaluronan. Antibodies to peptides encoded in the cDNA react in immunoblot assays with the 58- and 52-kD proteins of a novel hyaluronan receptor complex previously implicated in cell locomotion. Furthermore, antibodies specific to the 58- and 52-kD proteins, which block ras-induced locomotion, also cross-react with the expressed, encoded protein. The gene product described here appears to be a new type of hyaluronan receptor that is involved in cell locomotion. It is named RHAMM, an acronym for receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility.

published proceedings

  • J Cell Biol

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Hardwick, C., Hoare, K., Owens, R., Hohn, H. P., Hook, M., Moore, D., ... Turley, E. A.

citation count

  • 302

complete list of authors

  • Hardwick, C||Hoare, K||Owens, R||Hohn, HP||Hook, M||Moore, D||Cripps, V||Austen, L||Nance, DM||Turley, EA

publication date

  • June 1992