Structural characterization of the second TSP1-module of human thrombospondin

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The TSP1-module has been first identified as the type 1 repeat of thrombospondin-1. Members of this extracellular module-family have since been shown to be present in several hundred metazoan proteins as well as in proteins of some protists. Despite the widespread occurrence and biological importance of this module-type, relatively little is known about their three-dimensional structure. To define the structural features of this important module-family, we have expressed the second TSP1-domain of human thrombospondin 1 in Escherichia coli. Amino acid sequencing of proteolytic fragments of the recombinant protein have shown that its disulfide bonds connect the six conserved cysteines in a 1-5, 2-6, 3-4 pattern. Circular dichroism studies on the recombinant protein indicate that the disulfide-bonded TSP1-module consists primarily of distorted β-strands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 20 2002


  • Circular dichroism spectroscopy
  • Disulfide connectivity
  • Midkine
  • Pleiotrophin
  • Properdin
  • Thrombospondin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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