Enzymatic processing of beta-destroglycan recombinant ectodomain by MMP-9: identification of the main cleavage site.

Manuela Bozzi, Rosanna Inzitari, Diego Sbardella, Susanna Monaco, Ernesto Pavoni, Magda Gioia, Stefano Marini, Simona Morlacchi, Francesca Sciandra, Massimo Castagnola, Bruno Giardina, Andrea Brancaccio, Massimiliano Coletta

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Dystroglycan (DG) is a membrane receptor belonging to the complex of glycoproteins associated to dystrophin. DG is formed by two subunits, alpha-DG, a highly glycosylated extracellular matrix protein, and beta-DG, a transmembrane protein. The two DG subunits interact through the C-terminal domain of alpha-DG and the N-terminal extracellular domain of beta-DC, in a non-covalent way. Such interaction is crucial to maintain the integrity of the plasma membrane. In some pathological conditions, the interaction between the two DG subunits may be disrupted by the proteolytic activity of gelatinases (i.e. MMP-9 and/or MMP-2) that removes a portion or the whole beta-DG ectodomain producing a 30 kDa truncated form of beta-DG. However, the molecular mechanism underlying this event is still unknown. In this study, we carried out proteolysis of the recombinant extracellular domain of beta-DG, beta-DG(654-750) with human MMP-9, characterizing the catalytic parameters of its cleavage. Furthermore, using a combined approach based on SDS-PAGE, MALDI-TOF and HPLC-ESI-IT mass spectrometry, we were able to identify one main MMP-9 cleavage site that is localized between the amino acids His-715 and Leu-716 of beta-DG, and we analysed the proteolytic fragments of beta-DG(654-750) produced by MMP-9 enzymatic activity. (C) 2009 IUBMB IUBMB Life, 61: 1143-1152, 2009
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1143-1152
Numero di pagine10
RivistaIUBMB Life
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2009




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