Tumor cell-derived collagenase stimulatory factor, renamed extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN), is a Mr ∼58,000 glycoprotein which is located on the outer surface of human tumor cells and which interacts with fibroblasts to stimulate expression of several matrix metalloproteinases in the fibroblasts. In this study, we have used several approaches to isolate a complementary DNA encoding EMMPRIN. Several peptide sequences obtained from the isolated Mr 58,000 glycoprotein are found in the translated complementary DNA clone, verifying its identity. Computer database searches indicate that EMMPRIN is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily and that the deduced amino acid sequence of EMMPRIN is identical to that recently reported for human basigin and M6 antigen, molecules of previously undetermined biological function.
This work was supported by Grant CA 38817 (to C. B.) from the NIH.