Pigment epithelium-derived factor receptor (PEDF-R) is a patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 2 (PNPLA2) protein recently identified in the retina. It has high affinity for pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), a protein that acts on the neural and vascular retina. PEDF-R is a membrane-linked phospholipase and PEDF binding stimulates its enzymatic phospholipase A2 activity, which catalyzes the cleavage of fatty acids from membrane phospholipids. In this study, we mapped the epitope of an antibody for PEDF-R using recombinant PEDF-R polypeptides fragments and synthetic peptides. In addition to mapping the recognition site of the antibody on PEDF-R, we have identified peptides that specifically block its immunoreactivity and will prove to be useful tools for PEDF-R research.
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